Federal committee devising new dietary guidelines based on… climate change

posted at 1:21 pm on March 13, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

As I mentioned yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency recently released a new report attesting to the fact that all of the United States’ collective natural gas systems are no longer the country’s number-one emitter of methane — a so-called greenhouse gas that environmentalists often lament has even more potent global warming effects than carbon. According to the study, the top methane-emitting spot is once again being occupied by the nation’s livestock population:

There’s a new methane champ, says the Environmental Protection Agency,  which found in a new draft report on greenhouse gases that cattle passed the natural-gas industry as the biggest source of U.S. methane emissions in 2012.

The EPA also revised some of its 2011 findings, again turning to cows as the culprit—specifically, enteric fermentation in cattle—in methane emissions, according to the EPA.

The multiple-compartment stomachs in cattle create the methane, resulting in bovine belches. Despite better digestibility in cattle feed over the years, methane emissions from cattle has risen more than 2% since 1990,  said the EPA, because of upward trends in cattle populations.

One reason that vegetarians and vegans cite for their dietary choices — so I’ve been told — is that they want to reduce the carbon footprint of their food intake and help lower the general demand for meat, particularly beef, in the hopes that herd sizes will eventually grow smaller. That general trend, as the EPA points out, is still moving in the upward direction, which I would think implies that the world is eating increasing amounts of meat — but hey, the dietary decision not to partake is absolutely vegetarians’ prerogative.

It sounds like there are some eco-radicals out there, however, who would just love it if that choice wasn’t a personal prerogative. Too bad they’re only designing the federal government’s dietary standards that HHS and the USDA use in a handful of policy decisions and they can’t actually force Americans generally to follow these guidelines — but hey, an environmentalist can dream, right? The WFB reports:

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is responsible for creating new nutrition standards that are used to create policy at the federal level. The committee will meet for the third time on Friday, and though the group has not yet released an agenda, past meetings have heavily focused on climate change.

During DGAC’s second meeting on Jan. 13, Kate Clancy, a food systems consultant and Senior Fellow in the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota, was brought to speak on “sustainability.”

“After 30 years of waiting, the fact that this committee is addressing sustainability issues brings me a lot of pleasure,” she began. Clancy went on to advocate that Americans should become vegetarians in order to achieve sustainability in the face of “climate change.” …

Clancy said beef production is the “greatest concern.” …

Nelson is DGAC’s work group lead for “Environmental Determinants of Food, Diet, and Health.” She said eating less meat could lower Americans’ carbon footprint.

“Eating fewer animals, but choosing those wisely, and reducing sugar, refined grains, things like that, that diet that we already have stated from the evidence, if we were to get Americans to eat it, would actually have a lower footprint than what we are currently doing,” Nelson said.

Yes, by all means — let’s base our nutrition guidelines, not on actual human nutrition, but on politics.

This is why the federal government should not be in the business of telling people what to eat.


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Well, who knew… Stupid really is as stupid does…

oscarwilde on March 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Yes, by all means — let’s base our nutrition guidelines, not on actual human nutrition, but on politics.

Which brings us back to “eat your peas.”

de rigueur on March 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Of course it was coming to this.

Alana on March 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM

If poison gas is the problem, tell the idiots in Washington to STFU.

Marxism is for dummies on March 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM

But what about the carbon footprint from all the beans and brussel sprouts the vegetarians eat?

Wethal on March 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Guy can’t even spell R-S-P-E-C-T and he’s gonna control the weather

Bwshahahahahahahahahahahahaha

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

animals have been live’n in this country since the constitution…about 400 years

Bwahahahahahah

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

When you think about it, politics and food rolled in one is just spam. I have yet to find a side dish.

upinak on March 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

You can have my steak when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

antipc on March 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Of course Barry’s Kobe Beef eat’n habits will not be effected… cause they both fart perfume.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

animals have been live’n in this country since the constitution…

about 400 years

donabernathy on March 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Longer than that! Animals were already live’n in this country when the Pilgrims landed at Jamestown- about 700 years ago!

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Let’s really boil this down to what matters. Does any of this affect Mooch’s lobster intake levels?

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Breatharians hardest hit.

Fenris on March 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Committee’s conclusion: celery and water will be all that’s allowed for consumption.

BuckeyeSam on March 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

According to the study, the top methane-emitting spot is once again being occupied by the nation’s livestock population:

Actually Isaac Asimov speculated about this decades ago, not sure if I still have the book containing that essay. BTW, he was a Secualr Humanists. SH’s didn’t think the Soviet Union was all that bad.

rbj on March 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

BTW: Ten bucks says that when these idiots are pulling late-nighters to devise regs, they are ordering out for pizza.

BuckeyeSam on March 13, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Vegan is an old Indian word for bad hunter!

Sven on March 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Well I’ll hate myself for asking but does a vegan’s methane output increase since they’re eating the same as cattle are?

TooTall on March 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Yes, by all means — let’s base our nutrition guidelines, not on actual human nutrition, but on politics.

Its based on control, pure and simple. A malnourished and starving populous, distracted by competing with each other to get enough food for basic survival will be too weak to revolt, after all and will be either working for our Glorious People’s Utopia or we’ll be standing in long lines for our daily ration of food. No time or energy for revolting.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Committee’s conclusion: celery and water will be all that’s allowed for consumption.

BuckeyeSam on March 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Oldnuke’s conclusion: Committee can kiss his a$$, pass the roast beast and gravy.

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Hmmmm… what I understand from biology is that cows emit methane because they are processing vegetation into energy. I’ve also heard that a similar effect happens in humans when people change their diets to include larger amounts of vegetation. So isn’t this just shifting the methane production from cows to humans? :)

dominigan on March 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Just add Beano to the cattle feed. It’s worth a try!

otlset on March 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

The following was uttered by none other than Neil DeGrasse Tyson, star of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on that show the other night:

Strictly adhere(ing) to (a) simple set of rules:

Test Ideas with experiment and observation

Build on those ideas that pass the test

Reject the ones that fail

Follow the evidence wherever it leads

And Question everything

But apparently we’re not supposed to question the Global warming theory.

DinaRehn on March 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

So isn’t this just shifting the methane production from cows to humans? :)

dominigan on March 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I’ll let you know after dinner tonight. Got a big pot of chili simmering on the stove right now. Chock full of meat and beans. This is for all that global warming that came through here last night. We need the heat.

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

So isn’t this just shifting the methane production from cows to humans? :)

That would appear to be the logical outcome. But the Left cannot be bothered with logic when there is a political goal at steak, er, stake.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

But apparently we’re not supposed to question the Global warming theory.

DinaRehn on March 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

I up for that. I no longer question it. I’ve concluded that it’s total bullsiht. I have all the consensus I need on that.

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

First Course
American Osetra Caviar
Fingerling Potato Velouté, Quail Eggs, Crisped Chive Potatoes

Second Course
“The Winter Garden Salad”
Petite Mixed Radish, Baby Carrots, Merlot Lettuce
Red Wine Vinaigrette

Main Course
Dry-aged Rib Eye Beef
Jasper Hill Farm Blue Cheese, Charred Shallots, Oyster
Mushrooms, Braised Chard

Dessert
Hawaiian Chocolate-Malted Ganache
Vanilla Ice Cream and Tangerines

White House State Dinner Feb 11 2014

Just Shut up your Mouth!

can_con on March 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

There’s a new methane champ, says the Environmental Protection Agency, which found in a new draft report on greenhouse gases that cattle passed the natural-gas industry as the biggest source of U.S. methane emissions in 2012.

In a sane world, this would be an amazing victory for stewardship. Not industrial processes or energy production, not anymore — but rather the combined volume of cow flatulence — is the greatest producer of methane. In a sane world, we would celebrate.

In this world, however, it’s clearly time to kill all the cows.

Axe on March 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Got a big pot of chili simmering on the stove right now. Chock full of meat and beans.

Beans, beans, the musical fruit!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=idHDB0KcNlI

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Timed perfectly with “studies” on how and why veggie protein is better than animal protein.

Oh – and Texas’ economy is sailing, ironically the majority of beef/chicken/pork producing states are largely red States.

Odd how these things work out.

Odie1941 on March 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Beans, beans, the musical fruit!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=idHDB0KcNlI

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

:-) I put a teaspoon of epazote in for the simmer.

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

White House State Dinner Feb 11 2014

Just Shut up your Mouth!

can_con on March 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I don’t think you understand the lay of the land here.

These new dietary regulations are for the little people and not the royal family.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

:-) I put a teaspoon of epazote in for the simmer.

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

What, and ruin the fun! :)

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Its based on control, pure and simple. A malnourished and starving populous, distracted by competing with each other to get enough food for basic survival will be too weak to revolt, after all and will be either working for our Glorious People’s Utopia or we’ll be standing in long lines for our daily ration of food. No time or energy for revolting.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Can “The Hunger Games” be far behind?

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on March 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

These new dietary regulations are for the little people and not the royal family.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

You are correct. The royal family and their cohorts too.

So simple a concept that we neanderthals should all understand it.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

But what about the carbon footprint from all the beans and brussel sprouts the vegetarians eat?

Wethal on March 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

You beat me to it!!!

Beans, beans,
The musical fruit,
The more you eat,
The more you toot!

But seriously, this gets back to illegal immigration. A lot of those people are ‘undocumented’ consumers of refried beans. Just send them back across the border and the problem is solved. Because we all know that if we reduce the standard of living in the U.S. by banning cows, coal-fired power plants, fossil fuels, ad nauseam, then ship them to other countries GLOBAL ‘climate change’ will stop.

It’s strange how Ovomit can claim we’re no more exceptional than any other rinky-dink nation, then claim we’re SO exceptional that this country alone can stop the rise of the oceans, blah-blah-blah.

ZeusGoose on March 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

“Everything not mandatory is prohibited.”

myiq2xu on March 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

This is the thing about the new IRS rules against tax-exempt groups promoting political positions: When liberals have made everything political — even food and the weather — you can’t talk about anything.

Socratease on March 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Dear EPA,.. May all cattle pass natural gas in your general direction.

SweetSensationalist on March 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

The EPA … America’s largest producer of methane.

wutzupdak on March 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

What, and ruin the fun! :)

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Actually heard outside oldnuke’s office back when he worked for a living.

“You really don’t want to go in there. He’s meeting with an NRC inspector in 15 minutes. He had chili and burritos last night and he’s been gassing his office since 8 this morning. Go somewhere and call him.”

It was a short meeting :-)

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Methane emissions from too many cattle herds.

Imagine the horror when bison covered the continent. I’ll bet no one could live here then. :)

These ignorant people must be banished from the public square.

FOWG1 on March 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Beans, beans, the musical fruit!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=idHDB0KcNlI

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Okay, I give up!

I can’t keep up with you guys.

ZeusGoose on March 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Can “The Hunger Games” be far behind?

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on March 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Why, yes, and probably not too far behind. I can see it. More distraction for the masses. Tickets for attending available through Ticketmaster and PPV on all cable and satellite providers.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM

it’s clearly time to kill all the cows.

Axe on March 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Cowophobe. Or should that read. Bovinophobe? Bovinophobiac?

Bmore on March 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I can’t keep up with you guys.

ZeusGoose on March 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

You could try taking notes.

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM

it’s clearly time to kill all the cows.

Axe on March 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

I got dibs on the sirloins and ribs.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM

It’s strange how Ovomit can claim we’re no more exceptional than any other rinky-dink nation, then claim we’re SO exceptional that this country alone can stop the rise of the oceans, blah-blah-blah.

ZeusGoose on March 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Obama is the one who can stop the rise of the oceans, not the US. And he is “kind of like a god,” according to the former editor of the now-defunct Newsweak.

Wethal on March 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Imagine the horror when bison covered the continent. I’ll bet no one could live here then. :)

These ignorant people must be banished from the public square.

FOWG1 on March 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Why do you think our Native American plains tribes were nomadic?

Forever trying to stay upwind.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Imagine the jokes Jay Leno could make about this…

*sigh*

Wethal on March 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

… at the University of Minnesota, was brought to speak on “sustainability.”

There it is again, that key word.

Straight from the U.N. and Obama’s guiding playbook.

The U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development.

Carnac on March 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Cowophobe. Or should that read. Bovinophobe? Bovinophobiac?

Bmore on March 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

After the cows are dead, it’ll be something else, then something else. “On principle.” :)

In the very end, Stinky McRogers would be eating an egg sandwich, accidentally let one fly, and SWAT would be swinging through his windows fifteen minutes later. Then on to the Periodic Table to take on carbon, oxygen — whatever it takes to end the menace once and for all.

Axe on March 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

But apparently we’re not supposed to question the Global warming theory.

DinaRehn on March 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

I up for that. I no longer question it. I’ve concluded that it’s total bullsiht. I have all the consensus I need on that.

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Like the man said:

Test Ideas with experiment and observation

Build on those ideas that pass the test

Reject the ones that fail

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

We reject the one that failed – Globull Warming

DinaRehn on March 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

I remember how the deep-ecos (and progressives in general) laughed at Reagan when he mentioned the CH output of livestock. And then went into full-on “burn-the-witch” mode when he pointed out that trees release methane too, just in smaller amounts.

Now we are supposed to stop eating eat because…cows produce methane. (Is Rawhide now considered an ecological crusader?)

Since plants do, as well, are we supposed to subsist on water? Or is that to be reserved for the snail darters?

I suspect that the deep-eco endgame was well predicted by Tom Clancy in Rainbow Six.

In the short term, they want absolute power over us.

In the long term, they mean to exterminate us so they can have Holy Mother Gaia all to themselves- plus whatever slaves they decide to allow to live to serve them.

Has it occurred to anyone else that as long as those with nihilistic dreams (a) have power, and (b) have no compunction about abusing it, making sh!t up, and/or just flat-out breaking the law, everybody else is pretty much SOL?

Which was of course Clancy’s point.

One thing; the next time some deep-eco prates of his or her “love” for anything but themselves and “Holy Mother Gaia”, call them a liar to their face. Anyone who would deny protein- animal protein- to children must genuinely hate them.

See kwashiorkor. It used to be endemic in Latin America, especially among the Peruvian Indians. Because mothers following that holy “native tradition” our deep-eco theorists love so much, gave young children nothing but starchy pap and a few vegetables; tradition stated that they were “not yet ready for man’s food”.

According to our “gurus”, none of us are, or ever will be.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

“eating eat” =eating meat.

D**ned sticky “m”.

cheers

eon

eon on March 13, 2014 at 2:23 PM

See kwashiorkor. It used to be endemic in Latin America, especially among the Peruvian Indians. Because mothers following that holy “native tradition” our deep-eco theorists love so much, gave young children nothing but starchy pap and a few vegetables; tradition stated that they were “not yet ready for man’s food”.

According to our “gurus”, none of us are, or ever will be.

eon on March 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Really good, eon. :)

Axe on March 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

In a sane world, this would be an amazing victory for stewardship. Not industrial processes or energy production, not anymore — but rather the combined volume of cow flatulence — is the greatest producer of methane. In a sane world, we would celebrate.

In this world, however, it’s clearly time to kill all the cows.

Axe on March 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Actually they are working on a catalytic converter that will have to be shoved up the ass of every cow in the nation. Buy Platinum.

slickwillie2001 on March 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Oldnuke’s conclusion: Committee can kiss his a$$, pass the roast beast and gravy.

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Just make sure you brink lot’s of beer, and eat at least half a dozen hard boiled eggs before allowing them to kiss your aZZ… <— Insert really really evil laughter here…

oscarwilde on March 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Memo to commitee: BLOW IT OUT YOUR BARRACKS BAG.

katy the mean old lady on March 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

One reason that vegetarians and vegans cite for their dietary choices — so I’ve been told — is that they want to reduce the carbon footprint of their food intake and help lower the general demand for meat, particularly beef, in the hopes that herd sizes will eventually grow smaller.

Yup, I hear this all the time from vegan friends of mine.

jawkneemusic on March 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Might be good to invest in electric cattle .

Lucano on March 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

“Climate Change” (code: Global Warming) is the new EST for the hip crowd. It even comes with its own guru, Al Gore.

And, if you’re not “groovy, baby,” you’re just a drag.

The only difference is that EST made more sense.

IndieDogg on March 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Might be good to invest in electric cattle

Lucano on March 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

rotf :)

That’s excellent.

Axe on March 13, 2014 at 2:34 PM

This methane would end up in the atmosphere anyway, from decaying plants if not animals/humans. It’s a net zero effect. CO2 from fossil fuels is arguably different, though that carbon was in the atmosphere at some time in the past, when apparently life was abundant enough to result in the oil/coal. And most of the C02 discussion doesn’t include the huge sequestration of this little thing called the earth’s oceans, which consume mass quantities of dissolved CO2 to form calcium carbonate (aka shells) that precipitates to the floor.

Follow the money.

DrDeleon on March 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Just another reason not to listen to anything the government says.

earlgrey on March 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

The U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development.

Carnac on March 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

“Sustainability” means reducing the world’s population by slowing its growth, and if the world’s inhabitants aren’t willing to slow down voluntarily, I’d guess the U.N. would have a plan to take matters in its own hands in some form.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

WTF does this have to with diet? Holy cow.

GWB on March 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

There’s room for all God’s creatures, right next to the potatoes and gravy.

Sven on March 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

There’s room for all God’s creatures, right next to the potatoes and gravy.

Sven on March 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Amen, and I’m an avid supporter of PETA*!

*People Enjoying Tasty Animals.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Yup, I hear this all the time from vegan friends of mine.

jawkneemusic on March 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I wonder if they use “chemical” fertilizers or “organic”. You might want to ask them where they will get all their “organic” fertilizer if we get rid of the cows.

(The answer will be “chicken sh!t”. At which point, I would say, “exactly what I’ve been saying.” But I’m evil that way.)

GWB on March 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I wonder if they use “chemical” fertilizers or “organic”. You might want to ask them where they will get all their “organic” fertilizer if we get rid of the cows.

Two words: Night Soil.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Damn, and I gave up Brussel Sprouts for Lent….

ToddPA on March 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Damn, and I gave up Brussel Sprouts for Lent….

ToddPA on March 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Meh, a small sacrifice. In 1972, after my very first, and only encounter, I vowed to give up Brussel Sprouts for life. To this day, I’ve never broken that vow.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

There’s a really interesting TED Talk on reversing desertification, which depends on large herds of animals. The trick is that instead of turning them out on hundreds of acres, you keep them in small tight herds and move them every few days to mimic the behaviour of wild herds.

So if the Econuts really want to reverse the deserts and bind more carbon into the soil, they need to push more beef, mutton, and goat.

I’m planning a nice shepherds pie for dinner tonight.

LibraryGryffon on March 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

all the vegan / vegetarian model does is move the methane production from the bovine belches to the human population’s flatus. zero sum (or loss).

WaldoTJ on March 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Thank goodness Buffalo Bill and others slaughtered nearly every Buffalo on this continent hundreds of years ago, or we’d have died today due to global warming.

** I stole this quote from someone online like 5 years ago or I’d provide credit to the genius who made this liberal-environmentalist-head-explody statement.

*** Sorry if a liberal near you read this, and got some on your shirt. Some collateral damage is inevitable when head-explody tactics are used.

gekkobear on March 13, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Oh I am SO sick of this ridiculous, made-up, manufactured idea of “sustainable” anything.

It began with “sustainable” fishing. Can fishing be “sustainable” or not ? Yes, because if you fish a species out of existence, you can no longer fish that species.

Cows that are bred for meat ? You cannot eat them out of existence because they are not bound by the limitations of a wild population like fish.

Its like pretending you could eat potatoes into extinction.

Its asinine.

deadrody on March 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Where’s the beef?

Gladly pay 30€ a kilo for US grassfed flanksteak here in Germany. Why? It tastes so darn good, like home!

Grassfed vs cornfed

Methane emissions are linked to feedlot cattle.

Let them graze rather than stack them in feedlots! Moo is behind this. The unelected wife of the president couldn’t control the kids food so wants a bigger stake in the whole foodchain. Rules for thee but not for me …

pillepalle on March 13, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Here is their sustainability. The stupid is thick with this administration.

pillepalle on March 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

So, after we kill the cattle industry in the USA, we really need to get going on massacring the wildebeasts and gnus in Africa – there’s tens of millions of ‘em, just fartin’ away our environment. Someone has to do something about this, AND SOON – OR WE’RE ALL…GOING…TO…DIE!!!
Elev3ntyOne+++++++!!!!!!!

I think I saw this on “Between 2 furnz, dude”

DublOh7 on March 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Altogether now: “Meat Tax”.

The idea will be floated. After all, the progs already broached a soda tax and taxes on other “bad” foods, so why not meat? Or maybe they will pay ranchers to not raise cattle.

NY2SC on March 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Ummmm…*All together*

NY2SC on March 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Is this part of the Ban Bossy campaign? Poor Bossy is a dairy cow.

Oh, right, vegans won’t eat dairy, either. Exploiting Bossy, and all that.

Wethal on March 13, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Its like pretending you could eat potatoes into extinction.

Its asinine.

deadrody on March 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Yeah, but damn it’s fun to try :-) I’m working on making a dent in shrimp, scallop and lobster too. I’m gonna save Moochelle from herself! I ain’t eatin’ no arugula though. Stuff tastes like ragweeds.

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Meh, a small sacrifice. In 1972, after my very first, and only encounter, I vowed to give up Brussel Sprouts for life. To this day, I’ve never broken that vow.

hawkeye54 on March 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Well I actually like Brussel sprouts so I gave up fasting for lent.

Oldnuke on March 13, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The citizenry needs to be divested from this nonsense.

Murphy9 on March 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM

But, but….will this keep Michelle from getting chocolate from Hawaii?

Cookie?

famous amos on March 13, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I like like how the meteorologists cannot accurately predict whether we’re getting snow or rain tomorrow, yet we’re supposed to believe the global warning fanatics about what the weather’s going to do in 50 years.

ImmigrantsWife on March 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

it’s clearly time to kill all the cows.

Axe on March 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Cowophobe. Or should that read. Bovinophobe? Bovinophobiac?

Bmore on March 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

BAN BOSSY!!

ImmigrantsWife on March 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM

If we don’t physically do something to stop this government will make every decision in our lives. The founding fathers would already be shooting people and eventually we will need to do the same. When it all goes bad remember to race to the County election office and get the voter rolls. Once the rolls are secured business can be taken care of…

Doomsday on March 13, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Yes, by all means — let’s base our nutrition guidelines, not on actual human nutrition, but on politics.

This is why the federal government should not be in the business of telling people what to eat.

Don’t question the party of SCIENCE!!

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 14, 2014 at 1:05 AM

According to the study, the top methane-emitting spot is once again being occupied by the nation’s livestock population:

There can only be one solution to this dilemma: eat the cows.

Surely we can all come together on this project. I stand prepared to do my part.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 14, 2014 at 1:14 AM

There were millions of buffalo in North America.
I’m sure their methane output was a lot.
There are lots of herd mammals all over the world as well that produce methane.
But this is beside the point.
The US cattle herd I believe is at it’s lowest numbers since the 50′s or so.
And yet we produce more beef.
I, as a cattle producer, have seen this all before. This methane nonsense has been around for many years. It never did let up.
It just hasn’t been in the news. But environmentalists are mostly communists who had nowhere else to go when the USSR fell.
Environmental organizations are mostly communist front groups. And that is all.
Their activities do nothing to make the environment any better.
They are there to make $$ through the manipulation of EAJA funds & gain control & power.
There are a myriad of out & out communists combined with useful idiots who engage in these agitation activities.
It is yet another way they seek to gain control over the US government, & therefore, over the people.

Badger40 on March 14, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Altogether now: “Meat Tax”.

The idea will be floated. After all, the progs already broached a soda tax and taxes on other “bad” foods, so why not meat? Or maybe they will pay ranchers to not raise cattle.

NY2SC on March 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM

The USDA I believe is the agency that put this idea out for the comment period, called the livestock tax.
Pigs, goats, sheep, cattle, all had their specific tax amount figured out per animal. And of course cows were the most expensive tax.
I am already taxed per animal without my consent: the Beef Checkoff. $1/head.
There was such an uproar during the comment period for this rule proposal that they quietly dropped it. But these things will never go away. Eventually, we ranchers will be taxed per animal. This business has a very thin profit margin. One of the thinnest.
It’s why many cattle producers are also into farming:for the govt payments to help them keep their business.
We only have cows. We do not farm. But we have many farmer neighbors.
Here in SW ND there has been quite the consolidation of farms & ranches. Little guys have been forced out, big guys get bigger.
In ND it is not legal for corporations to own farms or ranches.
But that hardly matters anymore. The big farmers get more & more govt payments & will eventually out compete us as the Fed is their backer.
We sold down to half of our herd after several years of drought. We are doing better than most.
But I have a job in town.
Our way of life is disappearing & will continue to do so until we are all serfs to the Fed.

Badger40 on March 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM