This is a difficult concept for most Americans to grasp.
There are highly educated people in this country who identify with the progressive movement who are extremely offended that there is so much meat in your grocery store and even worse that you are able to purchase it. We’ve got to do something to stop you from eating so much meat.
“President Joe Biden has a planto tackle climate change. His major infrastructure program, the American Jobs Plan, is mostly a blueprint for doing just that.It’s exhaustive — the summary alone clocks in at 12,000 words — and that’s encouraging. But in all those words, something crucial is missing.
Nowhere does “meat” get a mention. Likewise, “animal agriculture” appears exactly zero times.
If Biden is serious about staving off climate disaster, our meat system is not something he can afford to ignore. At least 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions comes from animal agriculture. That’s largely because ruminant animals like cows emit a lot of methane, and producing feed requires using energy and clearing forests that would otherwise be trapping carbon.
The US plays an outsized role in all of this. …
And there’s a likely political reason why. Meat-eating has become ensnared in the country’s culture wars. A false tabloid-fueled rumor that Biden was looking to ban burgers recently caused an apoplectic reaction among Republicans. Imagine the backlash if Biden were to actually advocate for cutting subsidies to the meat industry, requiring factory farms to report and reduce emissions, or phasing out factory farms altogether …
But she is skeptical that relying on carrots rather than sticks can help the US fix its food system at the speed demanded by the climate emergency — which speaks to the broader idea that the fight against climate change will need to be a multi-front battle. Politically unpopular or not, she argued, the Biden administration needs to regulate the meat industry — by compelling it to report and reduce emissions, for starters — rather than counting on it to make voluntary changes as new technology or new contracts become available. …”
Cows are farting.
It is destroying Mother Earth.
Do you remember what the lying fact checkers said?