Meat tax will take food off poor people’s tables so that wealthy eco-socialists can feel virtuous

This is how you impose an unpopular and ineffective environmentalist policy that will hit the poorest citizens hardest, is bound to create a host of unintended consequences, and is founded on speculative science to begin with.
You are a centrist government in a democratic Western country. You want to be seen to be taking action on the environment, but you believe in consumer capitalism, and therefore wouldn’t dare to dismantle the profit-making machinery that actually contributes most of the CO2 within your economy. You praise the ideals of the Green New Deal, only because you know it will never become reality.

Your target must be insignificant economically, yet high-profile in its symbolic value. Meat works perfectly. Eating it already has an aura of hedonistic licentiousness, and restricting consumption covers several bases – animal cruelty, public health, and most importantly, climate change resulting from intensive livestock farming. You will get years of headlines, just as when you banned plastic bags or forced people to pay deposits on plastic bottles.

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18 Responses to Meat tax will take food off poor people’s tables so that wealthy eco-socialists can feel virtuous

  1. Censusdesignatedplace says:

    I should have bought those spools of rope at that yard sale the other day.

  2. Bad_Brad says:

    Soylent Green, made from people that resisted gun confiscation, is what every one eats, except the elites of course.

  3. Mike_C says:

    If we’re going to play govt games about meat intake then I think we should require weekly consumption of 200g pork weekly for residency. It will mess with the Chicoms (who are facing a yuuuge pork shortage), for one thing.

  4. Don in Oregon says:

    ‘Meat tax’ which would almost double price of sausages should be brought in to save lives, say health experts (Britain, 2018)

  5. Don in Oregon says:

    Because when meat is bad, you can have a sin tax, like on alcohol and tobacco.

  6. small economic impact? Except for destroying entire sectors of the agricultural and food industries, causing major health problems for millions of people, and leaving even more without affordable food?

  7. Butch says:

    There four or five, can’t recall which, beef processors in America. They are all controlled by the globalists. They will be the ones who tell a feed lot they cannot sell anymore beef, and bankrupt that feedlot. Which will trickle down and force ranchers to give up beef raising.

    Chicken and eggs are already under heavy control. Globalists have been trying to consolidate the fishing industry for at least 40 years that I know of, but still haven’t been able to control the industry. Almost every other fishing fleet in the world is controlled by globalists. All except America’s.

    Once they begin to shutter feedlots, the end for beef is near. Unless we begin to buy our beef from vendors who do not buy from the big 4 or 5 packers. Our grocery store has nothing but Smithfield pork products. Smithfield is Chinese. So we spend a little extra, but by our pork from an independent butcher shop. And the pork is all local raised.

    We can buy local beef the same way, and probably soon will be. We can choose from Grass fed to finished on non-GMO corn, all with no growth hormones or other chemicals. And all for about a dollar a pound over what the grocery chain store asks.

    • A ninny mouse because fusion centers says:

      Don’t forget, (((they))) want you weak, stupid, diseased, brainwashed, controlled, to be less expensive to deal with(you useless eaters). Also, see Georgia Guidestones, (((they))) only want a half billion of us for service providers.

    • fjord says:

      Already working on that.
      In the mid Atlantic the dairy industry has been decimated. ( supplies dairy beef).

      Producer number required for sale of butcher livestock.
      I sell privately but will still be required. Justification? So they can track animals disease supposedly.
      The butcher that processes ours knows ours solely by what they look like.
      This will put the rest of us small producers out as ” inspections” and other bullshit regs will be tacked on.

      Self sufficiency must be eliminated.
      And all seed is controlled by big ag.

  8. fjord says:

    Let’s just say we converted to a mostly plant based diet.

    Is anyone aware of the amount of tillable land that would require? Add in no fossil fuels and this is subsistence farming. Because the green new deal requires ending oil refining and likely natural gas. Soo never mind what’s running your tractors, trucks, factories processing and packaging food….what are you using for fertilizer?

    That comes from oil refining. Or in the case of “organic” farming – manure. Which is eliminated because…no livestock. The yields for organic are a fraction of conventional farming anyway because low nitrogen.

    Of course they don’t mention millions of us have to be eliminated…

    • fjord says:

      And who is going to do all that work with a zero to low protein, no vitamin B diet??

    • crazyeighter says:

      This must by why Slow Joe’s latest idea is to nationalize the petroleum industry.

  9. Titan Mk6B says:

    Meat is the most effective source of protein we have. Eliminate it and we will be scrambling to make up for the protein that we need. Beans and rice just don’t cut it for me. I know because I tried it once.

    It ends up just being another tax on poor people.

  10. Lergnom says:

    Whenever I read an article on food restrictions ‘for the good of the people’, I post a link to F. Paul Wilson’s prescient short story “Lipidleggin'”.

  11. C.R. says:

    well , I for one would be really screwed , being that if I eat anything with any soy in it I get sick as a poisoned dog . No cheap soy protein for me.

    • fjord says:

      Same here.
      Soybean oil or sometimes listed as tvp

      Textured vegetable protein

      Which is in almost everything.

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