Column #295    April 30, 2021Ban Meat

The healthiest food on the planet is being victimized by the Climate Change/Global Warming crowd. And the fear is; how far beyond Meatless Mondays will the new beef bans go? Will the livestock business face strict government restrictions? Will meat be taxed heavily to discourage consumption? That’s what I’ve been hearing.1 2 3

The world has been teeming with grazing animals for many millions of years. Because methane gas gradually disintegrates in the atmosphere over time, the quantity of methane gas in the atmosphere, whicih has been created by livestock digesting plants, has remained a constant with the number of animals the entire time. Therefore, there is no basis for blaming grazing animals for today’s global warming. The ruminants and their collection of methane were here first. Yet, as the global warming fanatics gather steam, they’re not about to let scientific facts stop them from doubling down on their environmental, agricultural, and animal husbandry nonsense. The consequences of the mob’s actions are definitely being felt. In the beef industry, the fear is palpable as you can witness by reading trade magazines.4 5 6 7

When a mob gains momentum on whatever activity or topic, it’s no longer thinking, it’s just doing. A mob can occur in many forms as it distorts the natural order. We can see it in the perceptions of clothing styles, politics, legal matters, religions, diets, stock market valuations, money, real estate, pet rocks, Barbie Dolls, and so much more. Unfortunately, the youngsters (and some people old enough to know better) in our society have so little experience and knowledge of history, they think what’s needed today is change. They don’t realize they’re being brainwashed by ivory tower intellectuals, political anarchists, and oligarchs who want MOAR power over all. The mob has been groomed by the so-called leaders because anarchists need useful idiots to help orchestrate their takeovers.

Crowd behavior is always heavily influenced by the abandonment of individual responsibility which is replaced with following the crowd, with both actions being more prominent as the crowd size grows. Generally speaking there is four types of dynamics that crowds exhibit as their level of emotional intensity evolves over time: casual, conventional, expressive, and aggressive.

In the beginning crowds can be very peaceful. But then they can become more active and turn into aggressive, escapist, acquisitive, or expressive mobs. Aggressive mobs are violent and outwardly focused. Escapist mobs are panicky people trying to get out of danger. Acquisitive mobs are large numbers of people scrambling to acquire limited resources. Expressive mobs are large groups of people that gather for civil disobedience, rock concerts, games, or even religious revivals.

Today’s climate-activist mob is very large and active on all four fronts. Some mob members are violently attacking and shaming businesses and individuals they perceive as doing environmental harm. Some are spreading fear with their horror stories about “soaring” temperatures, melting icecaps, declining food production, famine, rising sea levels, and a soon to be uninhabitable Earth. They are also fearmongering COVID-19 to create greater dependance on government. The entire climate-activist mob is vilifying some products (coal mining and petroleum extraction, gas and diesel engines, livestock grazing, etc.) and placing a premium on other products (windmills, solar panels, electric cars, batteries, synthetic “beef,” etc.).8

The mob is more organized than you might expect. Do you remember Hitler’s Youth? On April 20, 2021, Senator Rand Paul warned that the vast “green new deal” spending plan seeks to overturn the voter economy, do away with free market capitalism, and even create armies of youths dedicated to implementing socialist policy. He said, “There’s $10 billion for some kind of army of climate change people, some kind of climate corps youth which I think has connotations in our history of these sort of government informed youths out there marching for things that the government tells them to do.”9 10

Already the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC) is urging the UK government to impose a climate tax on food producers by 2025—unless private industry takes voluntary measures to limit their carbon emissions. The UKHACC reports that: "In particular, red meat consumption will need to be cut by half if the food system is to stay within sustainable environmental limits. Changing our diets in this way will not only help to mitigate climate change but will also improve our health: there is also clear evidence that replacing animal protein with plant-based protein results in lower rates of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and overall death rates." They claim all that in spite of actual peer-reviewed science that shows how totally wrong they are in so many ways. But they get away with it by cancelling the truth.11 12 13 14 15 16 17

For several decades a growing mob of fanatics has been making preposterous claims such as: beef is as bad as cigarettes or sugary drinks for causing chronic diseases, raising livestock for food is cruel to animals, and grazing livestock are major contributors to global warming. To support that nonsense three mobs joined together with a goal to stop us from having access to the healthiest food on the planet. What they want is to force us to eat the worst foods on the planet—plant-based burgers and more plants. Obviously, they are very ignorant. They do not know that veggie burgers are nutritionally deficient compared to real meats that are nutritionally perfect. They do not know that plants naturally produce chemicals (insecticides and herbicides) for self protection, and many of the natural chemicals in plants cause chronic diseases.18 19 20 21

This past weekend Ezra Klein opined in “The New York Times”: “Funding alternative proteins doesn’t mean adopting a vegan diet, or believing that all animal consumption is wrong. One possible future is that alternative proteins take over the market for cheap meat, replacing the commodity meat that goes into so many burgers and chicken nuggets and fish sticks, and animal-based meat becomes a much smaller part of our diet. But we raise those animals more humanely and we run less risk to the planet and ourselves.

“Nor should the growth of this industry be a threat to farmers or ranchers: There are already legislative proposals, like A.B. 1289 in California, to pay farmers in the industrial animal agriculture system to transition to plants, and we desperately need skilled land stewardship to sequester carbon. If we can’t make saving the planet pay as much as harming it did, then our economic philosophies have truly failed."22

Ezra Klein is so incredibly ignorant. His position is too WOKE to debate. The nation’s poorest producing land is used for livestock grazing. The idea of switching grazing lands to crop production is pure insanity. Taking livestock off of rangeland will allow grasses to grow unchecked and become tinder for more raging fires! He doesn’t even have the first clue about meat cuts. Generally, regarding the people who live in the cities like Ezra Klein, what they don’t know about agriculture, grassland management, animal science, meat science, and nutrition would FILL all of the text books in print. But the MSM, the bureaucrats, oligarchs, and the power-mad politicians, with their useful idiots, eat this drivel up.

For years I’ve been exposing the flawed thinking of the misguided mobs regarding meat production, agriculture in general, and nutrition. But the mob, the MSM, the social media police, oligarchs, and spineless, ignorant, power-mad anarchists have overwhelmed my futile fight. In fact, they’ve become so radical they’re bringing into question capitalism itself, all basic human rights, the legal system, voting rights, and much more with incredibly divisive policies.   But I’ll keep after them and, if you agree with the idea of keeping America free, you too must start being proactive. The mobs can’t prevail if freedom, health, and well-being are to have a chance. This isn’t a Democrat and Republican issue. It’s an American way of life issue. It’s a freedom issue.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”23

To your health.

Ted Slanker

Ted Slanker has been reporting on the fundamentals of nutritional research in publications, television and radio appearances, and at conferences since 1999. He condenses complex studies into the basics required for health and well-being. His eBook, The Real Diet of Man, is available online.

Don't miss these links for additional reading:

1. Is it Time to Put a Tax on Meat? By Irina Ivanova from CBS News

2. 42% Vote to Ban Beef! by Ted Slanker

3. The Paris Climate Accord and Beef by Ted Slanker

4. You've Been Lied to: Methane & Cows by Ted Slanker

5. Earth Day: The 5 Principles of Soil Health by Amanda Radke from Beef Magazine

6. Trending Headlines: Cattle Futures, Climate Change, Fake Meat & More by Amanda Radke from Beef Magazine

7. Where’s the Beef, Epicurious? by Amanda Radke from Beef Magazine

8. Sky News host Chris Kenny says "welcome to the loopy-left era of Joe Biden, where climate policy is about existential alarmism" after the US had a Mexican-American teenager address world leaders during an online climate summit.

9. Hitler Youth from Wikipedia

10. Senator Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Civilian Climate Corps for Jobs and Justice to Rebuild America

11. UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

12. UK Health Professionals Call for a Healthier Food System in New Food, Climate and Health Paper

13. UKHACC’s ALL Consuming: Building a Healthier Food System for People and Planet

14. Eat Meat Live Longer by Ted Slanker

15. Hooves and Dirt by Ted Slanker

16. Climate-Friendly Food by Ted Slanker

17. Were Humans Ever Apex Predators? by Ted Slanker

18. Organically Grown Poisonous Plants by Ted Slanker

19. Humane Slaughter by Ted Slanker

20. Lab-Grown Meat by Ted Slanker

21. True Cost of Eating Meat by Ted Slanker

22. Let’s Launch a Moonshot for Meatless Meat by Ezra Klein Opinion Columnist at The New York Times

23. Declaration of Independence: A Transcription