NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


August 22, 2008

Global warming activists are putting agriculture firmly in their crosshairs, launching new efforts to restrict meat production and consumption.  This latest anti-meat campaign builds on prior efforts to restrict various forms of agriculture in the name of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"This is a new level of silliness," says Jay Lehr, science director for the Heartland Institute.  "Telling people not to eat meat will have no measurable effect on global temperatures but will have a devastating effect on American and global farmers.  This is more in line with religious veganism, complete with quasi-religious dietary restrictions, than with climate science."

Typical among the recent assaults on agriculture in general and meat production in particular is the Web site.

  • According to the site, U.S. hamburger production and consumption emit 160 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent into the atmosphere every year.
  • The United States should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by reducing its meat consumption, groups such as this one say.

Many analysts view the current criticism of agricultural products as quite ironic given the ongoing efforts by global warming activists to tell farmers they will make money from global warming legislation, through subsidies for wind power.

"It is funny how global warming activists are targeting farmers as perpetrators of global warming emissions," noted Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis.

"For quite some time activists have told farmers that global warming legislation will benefit them via opportunities such as the siting of wind farms, yet now farmers find themselves in the activists' crosshairs," Burnett noted.

Source: Krystle Russin, "Global Warming Activists Press Anti-Meat Campaign," Heartland Institute, September 1, 2008.


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