bad turkey

Global warming, er, climate change, er, global climate disruption…well, you know what I mean, is responsible for the creation of ISIS, according to John Kerry. It has also been blamed as the cause of… Hitler.

And it has also been blamed for many other horrors, such as truffle shortage, walrus stampedes, itchier poison ivy, and sour grapes.

So, if you are a concerned citizen of the world, and do not wish to contribute to the rise of another Hitler, or the ceasing of blackbirds singing, then you will consider serving tofu instead of turkey at the next Thanksgiving.

Via CBS News:

H/T Right Scoop

….Livestock is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, adding about the same amount of emissions as that of all the world’s vehicles, according to a new report from the U.K. policy institute Chatham House. But many consumers aren’t aware of the link between their dinner plates and climate change, the report notes.

At the same time, meat consumption is forecast to increase by 76 percent over the next several decades, thanks to rising incomes in developing countries that will boost demand for animal protein.

Taking some policy steps — such as a meat tax — to make animal protein less appealing would help curtail demand and lower the impact on the environment, the researchers recommended. But wouldn’t that backfire, given how much people love their burgers?

Not so, according to surveys carried out by Chatham House researchers, who found that consumers in countries including the U.S. and Brazil were more receptive to the idea than one might suspect.

Respondents thought that a backlash against a meat tax “would be short-lived, particularly if people understood the policy rationale,” the report notes.

The researchers didn’t ask respondents what type of tax they would feel would be bearable, said Antony Froggatt, senior research fellow at Chatham House. Respondents were receptive to labeling on meat that would alert consumers about the link to climate change, he said. Nevertheless, he added, “there would have to be price interventions if we are to change behavior.”

….Froggatt said he’s hopeful that consumers can change their diets, given the success policy makers have had with encouraging consumers to cut back on tobacco and sugar-sweetened drinks.

“If you look back at the 60s and the issues about smoking, there was an image change that was necessary,” he said. “Food and meat is challenging from a cultural perspective, but cultural attitudes change over time.”


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  1. strider says:

    Curious to know what foods are being served to the climate priests gathering in Paris.

  2. Maynard says:

    There’s an underlying question that I’ve seriously wondered about (that is, I’m not just asking out of snark). We hear these numbers thrown about to the effect that meat is very resource-intensive to produce…many gallons of water, many pounds of grain, many gallons of gasoline, etc. — to produce a pound of meat. So my question is an economic one: If I went to the market and bought that many gallons of water and gasoline, and that many pounds of grain, it would cost me a lot of money. So why does beef cost $3.50 a pound, or $1.50 a pound for chicken? Unless there’s a lot of subsidizing going on, those meats can’t be very resource-intensive; it would be economically impossible to sell them at these prices without the producers going broke.

    Anyway, it wouldn’t surprise me if we’ll shortly be producing meat in test tubes (not literally, but you know what I mean), which would potentially change a lot of fundamental economic and ecological and moral and social equations.

  3. Alain41 says:

    And a France update on meat. There have been 15 outbreaks of bird flu involving 3 different strains in southwest France the past 3 weeks. French gov’t says, no risk to people. Hey, any reason why France bird flu outbreaks weren’t made public before now? France didn’t just have 2 weeks of voting did it?
    Liberté, égalité, fraternité, coverupté

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