During the election and debates, something we didn’t hear much about was climate change. Mostly because it’s very low on the list of concerns of Americans, unless you are the global food police. This should scare you, if you weren’t already.
Food production accounts for almost a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than twice the amount the United Nations has estimated comes from farming, according to studies published Wednesday, while climate change will require a complete recalibration of where crops are grown and livestock raised.
Emissions across the entire food system — including manufacturing fertilizer, as well as transporting and refrigerating food — need to be reduced as they total somewhere between 19% and 29% of man-made greenhouse gases, a study from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research said.
“We are coming to terms with the fact that agriculture is a critical player in climate change,” said Frank Rijsberman, chief executive of the global grouping of research organizations.
Have you stocked your freezers yet? Learned how to can meat? The food police don’t want you to have protein.
One of the most high-impact changes Americans (and citizens of other wealthy nations) can make is to reduce their meat intake. A report published earlier this year on options for mitigating behavioral climate change found that global non-CO2 emissions could drop by more than 50 percent by 2055 if global meat demand dropped by just 25 percent per decade. Conversely, if meat consumption continues to rise at the current rate (corresponding with a global increase in income), greenhouse gas emissions would go up 76 percent.
Know how they are going to do this? The EPA is regulating hay as a pollutant.
Farms, for example, will be required to comply with costly permit mandates and have to pay a “cow tax” on each animal and an annual fee on greenhouse gases emitted. EPA estimates that over 37,000 farms and ranches will be subject to greenhouse gas permits, at an average cost of $23,000 per permit each year, affecting over 90% of the livestock production in the country. “The EPA will proceed to issue regulations, industry by industry, until virtually every aspect of the American economy is constrained by strict regulatory requirements and high energy prices.”..
Farm Dust Regulations being proposed are so tightened, they would be below the dust created during normal farming operations and be impossible for rural American farms to meet…
Bizarro World, indeed.