Prime Rib for Everyone!

It’s actually frightening to think that there are people who really think a viable solution is to have the government monitoring what and when I eat. What do they want, ration cards and government run grocery outlets? How about we inject a monitoring sensor in everyone to proactively monitor and meter what people are consuming?

People will have to be rationed to four modest portions of meat and one litre of milk a week if the world is to avoid run-away climate change, a major new report warns.

The report, by the Food Climate Research Network, based at the University of Surrey, also says total food consumption should be reduced, especially “low nutritional value” treats such as alcohol, sweets and chocolates.

[From Meat must be rationed to four portions a week, says report on climate change | Environment | The Guardian]

The author is correct about one fact, that voluntary change is difficult to achieve, especially when these same people then read about PM Browne hogging down 18 dishes over 8 courses and 5 wines for lunch and dinner at a single event. If you want to bring about change it is often helpful to begin at the top, but irrespective of that factor it is not impossible to create conditions that encourage changing behaviors, just look at how far we have come with recycling.

The mind bender in all of these reports is the seriousness by which they are presented, as if something positive is being achieved with shock value. Instead what happens is the that vast majority of people who hear about these reports completely discredit the authors as being serial nut cases not bound by the pedestrian laws of common sense and reasonable thinking that the rest of us are expected to adhere to. As a result of this, their message is completely lost in the noise and they have self-inflicted defeat by proposing measures that are completely unreasonable and even just unthinkable by rational people.

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