Bansturbators Hidden Agenda - Abolish Meat To Make Way For Grey Goo.
Acknowledgement: this post owes a lot to libertarian blogger Anna Raccon who in the course of her tireless efforts in support of the Libertarian Cause did most of the research for me.
First they came for the smokers and I did not speak out because I don't smoke. Then they came for the drinkers and I did not speak out because I only drink in moderation. Then they came for those with a sweet tooth and I did not speak out because I do not have a sweet tooth. Now they are coming for my steak and there is nobody left to speak out for me. (Apologies to Pastor Neimoller)
The last refuge of the true red blooded Englishman is under threat. The EU is planning for a future, not just of Halal meat, because we must not upset Muslims but of no meat whatsoever. It is nothing to do with making us more healthy of course and everything to do with control.
The European Commission on Food Safety (EFSA) is examining allegations of health threats faced by restaurant workers in European restaurants. The Schmallenberg virus has created widespread alarm following a Danish academic study on the effects of handling meat on restaurant workers.
This is how it started for the smokers – fretting about the effects on those ‘forced’ to work in a smoky environment.
As an attendant of the Health and Sacred cow, the EFSA produces (to order?) scientific opinions and advice to provide the foundation for European policies and legislation in support of initiatives planned European Commission and European Parliament on behalf of EU Member States. The EFSA sees it's primary role as advising on taking effective and timely risk management decisions. The Green Paper that their latest risk management study produced, ‘Towards a Europe Free From Meat: Policy Options at EU Level’ was published last month, but has not attracted thle attention of Main Stream Media despite it's heralding a massive extension of beureaucratic control over our individual freedom and right to choose. Has any national election ever returned a majority in favour of legislating to replace natural meat with grey goo grown in a laboratory? I doubt it.
Several policy alternatives aimed at achieving the meat-free objectives of the bureaucratic dictatorship are examined. The next step is to formulate a policy that best achieves the objectives while minimising costs and burdens. The regulatory options described below are listed in an order reflecting an increasing level of possible EU intervention (from continuing the current level of activity to developing a new binding framework based on EU legislation).
These policy options are not mutually exclusive and might complement each other. For example, a Commission recommendation could be an incentive for self- regulatory initiatives among stakeholders and Member States. Self-regulatory instruments, on the other hand, could serve as groundwork and/or supplement to binding legal regime (e.g. covering the venues where the legislation is not yet in force or those exempted from the meat ban).
It should be noted that the scope of the various policy instruments would differ. Thus, while EU worker protection legislation would apply to public places in so far as they are workplaces given the limits provided by the Treaty, a comprehensive ban on preparing or consuming meat in all public places could be encouraged through non binding measures (such as Commission or Council Recommendation), legislative measures adopted by Member States and/or by voluntary measures adopted by stakeholders.
In order to be effective, any regulatory instrument should also be equipped with a viable means of enforcement and a transparent monitoring regime. The introduction of regulatory measures, either at EU or at national/sub-national level, should also be accompanied by prior public consultation and information campaigns as well as an impact assessment.
The motivation is that it would help nourish an overpopulated planet with less environmental impact from factory farms and agri-business. It also reduces animal cruelty. Risk free for the Health and Safety freaks since it’s grown in a controlled environment with precision. Exact control of the omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids. Your roast beef could have the nutritional profile of salmon. There’s also less waste. PETA fully endorses this since it’s cruelty-free.
Reading that document, it starts to make sense of the amount of adverse publicity there has been recently concerning the consumption of meat.
We have had the recent controversy over the consumption of that US staple food – the Hot Dog. That traced back to an EU document from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study.
Then we had the Harvard School of Medicine study which claimed (on the strength of some very dodgy statistics) that cutting the amount of red meat in peoples’ diets to 1.5 ounces (42 grams) a day, equivalent to one large steak a week, could prevent almost one in 10 early deaths in men and one in 13 in women. One steak a week, and Soya burgers the rest of the time – they truly are preparing us for a peasant poor future!
The BBC recenly branded a left wing organisation by it's outgoing Director General has enthusiastically piled into the debate with the revelation that eating meat leads to a poor sperm count, and the truly virile exist on a diet of Muesli and Tofu, as served in the BBC canteen. This statement is untrue of course as are those studies identifining red meat as a likely cause of intestinal cancer. They simply fail to make the distinction between processed meats which do increase risk and natural meat. But this type of statistical fraud is what we have come to expect from the scientific lobby.
Naturally cultural and community leaders are geting their two pen'oth in as well, the "progressive" and hugely influential Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations which represents erm ... well they don't actually make it into the top twenty religious groupings list, has gone so far as to publish a ‘worship’ guide to what they term ‘ethical eating’, a.k.a adherence to the EU commissions desire to put us all on a meat free diet.
Many uncharitable commentators have suggested that Professor Mark Post’s attempt at creating a ‘test-tube hamburger’ was in pursuit of the Vegan charity, PETA’s $1,000,000 dollar prize, but no, it seems he had hooked into even bigger bounty to finance his labours. Our tax money.Scientists have claimed they would serve the world’s first test tube hamburger this October (2012). A team, led by Prof Post of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, says it has already grown artificial meat in the laboratory, and now aims to create a hamburger, identical to a real stuff, by generating strips of meat from stem cells.
In 1999, van Eelen received U.S. and international patents for the Industrial Production of Meat Using Cell Culture Methods. A new discipline, propelled by an unlikely combination of stem-cell biologists, tissue engineers, animal-rights activists, and environmentalists, has emerged in both Europe and the U.S. Teams are forming at universities around the world.
The Dutch government are financing Post's project, via a Professor van Eelen who holds the International patent on meat from grey goo, ready and waiting for the EU law to come into place. van Elen paid Professor Post £220,000 for just that one Hamburger you saw on the TV news.
As mentioned above this embryonic war on meat is not about health, it is about control, about establishing a "scientific dictatorship" (remember that prase, you will be hearing it again,) an idea first mooted about a hundred years ago that proposes democracy is the enemy of progress and elected government should be replaced by a political, financial and academic oligarchy. Render the beef, chicken and pig farmers redundant and how much control do the chemical and pharmaceutical corporations who hold manufacturing patents on the the food creation process become. And do not forget these same corporations are also seeking through the expansion of GM crops to control cereal, vegetable and fruit production as well.
Red meat is part of our heritage in Britain. We are a meat-eating nation, compared with nations in continental Europe. William Hogarth’s 1748 painting O the Roast Beef of Old England, or the Gate of Calais contrasted the beef-eating English to the famished French (and their Jacobite Scots allies) sipping their meagre potage, or nibbling on raw onions. It doesn’t look as though the EU has any plans to let us munch on anything other than a few grains of Chinese ‘food aid’ rice and a handful of Tofu.
Are we really going to sit back and let this happen to us? Are we going to be complicity in our own enslavement? Anyone who is lamely saying "But what can we do?" ought to read G. K. Chesterton's poem The Secret People.
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