Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mixed Nuts: Tara Garnett

I’ve Seen the Future, and it doesn’t work, because it will be run by eco-fascists and food cranks.

Submitted for your approval, one Ms. Tara Garnett, author of a study purporting to show the need for extreme food rationing in order to stave off global warming, climate change, the credit crisis, or whatever the disaster du jour happens to be.

Here’s what Her Highness is going to reduce you to:

1 quarter pound hamburger
2 sausages
3 rashers of bacon
1 chicken breast
1 liter of milk

And that’s per week, not per day. Talk about life becoming nasty, brutish, and short.

She’s unusually open about the nature of the program:

“Tara Garnett, the report's author, warned that campaigns encouraging people to change their habits voluntarily were doomed to fail and urged the government to use caps on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pricing to ensure changes were made. ‘Food is important to us in a great many cultural and symbolic ways, and our food choices are affected by cost, time, habit and other influences,’ the report says. ‘Study upon study has shown that awareness-raising campaigns alone are unlikely to work, particularly when it comes to more difficult changes.’”

Boiled down to essentials, plan on having the contents of your shopping cart inspected and approved by one of Al Gore’s Greenshirt Brigades.

To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, when you hear talk about “Man must take charge of Man”, what that means is some men taking charge of others.