Francis Moore Lappe’s daughter Anna has written her own book – “Diet for a Hot Planet”. Her mother wrote “Diet for a Small Planet”, promoting a vegetarian lifestyle, back in 1971. Now her daughter is doing her own thing and playing off the title of her mother’s book. And she is pitching her update of her mother’s original ideas as a measure to combat global warming.
This Anna Lappe is a sad case of one of my pet peeves – someone who degrades what could be a real environmental message by climbing on the global warming bandwagon. Inevitably, AGW will be exposed for what it is – the biggest scientific scam since Piltdown Man. The perpetrators of the Piltdown hoax sought to discredit the theory of evolution. While they were misguided creationists, at least they had the saving grace of humour. AGW is far more sinister – it is a con of biblical proportions that will make its promoters extremely rich, and is intended to provide the religious power base of the UN.
Along comes Anna Lappe, preaching sustainable agriculture. Nothing wrong with that – factory farming over time destroys the land, sooner or later. The California dustbowl, land slips in hillsides stripped of trees and over-grazed by sheep and cattle, pollution of streams and rivers with run-off from farms, decline in bird populations, increasing reliance on pesticides that destroy not only the pests but also their natural predators. And so on. But climate?
“We hear little about how food affects climate,” she said. No surprise – because it does not significantly affect global climate (although it clearly can affect local climate – for example, deforestation and excess draw-off from rivers both powerfully affect local climate).
Every human being has a religious standpoint, and vegetarianism, like atheism, monotheism, polytheism, agnosticism, animism, communism, capitalism or any other ism (or AGWarmism), is a form of religion. Anna Lappe has every right to believe in vegetarianism – and every right to talk about it. But to claim that meat-eaters contribute to global warming is twaddle. Even Realclimate says that methane is not a threat to the planet. And it is becoming more and more evident that CO2 is not the pollutant that the AGW believers say it is.
All the CO2 and methane from farming or any other source has a negligible effect globally. And contrary to Lappe’s beliefs, livestock rotated through cropping fields enhance the fertility and sustainability of the land with their manure. Want to destroy land? Just crop it year after year. Want to sustain it? Put everything you don’t eat back into the land as compost. Plant it in grass every so often, then graze it with cattle or sheep, then let the pigs in, and then the chickens. Then crop it again. Small-holding real organic farmers have known that for centuries.
The pity is, when the world backlash rejects AGW, it may also reject all environmental and conservationist theories and initiatives, even the ones that are soundly scientifically based. They will be tainted by association.