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Meatless Mondays And The Daily Grind

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The food police are at it again, this time in California where they’re eyeing your ribeye. This from the L.A. Times:

For one day each week, the Los Angeles City Council wants residents to go vegetarian.

In a unanimous 12-0 vote, the council approved a resolution Friday endorsing the “meatless Monday” campaign and asking residents to make a personal pledge to ditch meat for one day a week.

The resolution makes L.A. the largest city to     sign on to the international “Meatless Mondays” campaign, which aims to reduce meat consumption for health and environmental reasons.

The resolution, introduced by Councilwoman Jan Perry and Councilman Ed Reyes, cites statistics showing health disparities facing Los Angeles residents, specifically those living in low-income areas with lack of access to health foods.

It also notes that, according to the department of Health Services, more than half of Los Angeles County residents are obese or overweight.

Don’t be surprised in the least when the council’s resolution moves from a request to a mandate for citizens to go meatless, for their own good, of course, and not just on Mondays.

What’s next? Why coffee, naturally, which apparently is on the way out thanks to global warming. NewsBusters catches up with the latest bit of brewing hysteria:

The alarmist journalists at Good Morning America on Sunday hyped a new reportthat fretted over whether global warming will spell the end of coffee. Reporter John Muller warned, “…The coffee bean may be going to way of the dinosaur. We’re talking about extinction if you believe this new study…”

An article on CBSNews.com skipped any subtlety and went directly to scare tactics:

“Those of us who enjoy our morning cup of coffee, we may not always realize that future climate change due to extreme temperatures, increased precipitation, really could in some ways put that at risk,” [Todd Sanford, a climate scientist from the Union of Concerned Scientists] added.

Increased carbon emissions have been linked to global climate change. So for coffee lovers, the idea of waking up without their morning brew could be a wake-up call to lead a more eco-friendly life.

At the very end of his report, Muller finally referenced another perspective, noting that “skeptics of global warming will tell you it’s all tempest in a teapot.” He added, “But, regardless, even if the worst case scenario were to come true, that’s 68 years away.”

How this didn’t make it into the election cycle as a major and important issue, along with Big Bird, binders and bayonets, is beyond me.

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