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Why Do They Pay Attention To Monbiot?

February 8, 2016

By Paul Homewood  




Following the deferential treatment handed out to George Monbiot by the Environmental Audit Committee last week, I have to ask why anybody pays the slightest attention to the hack?

After all, it was back in 2002 that he claimed:


This is why biotechnology – whose promoters claim that it will feed the world – has been deployed to produce not food but feed: it allows farmers to switch from grains which keep people alive to the production of more lucrative crops for livestock. Within as little as 10 years, the world will be faced with a choice: arable farming either continues to feed the world’s animals or it continues to feed the world’s people. It cannot do both.


And the reality?



Cereal production has increased by 38% since then.


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Beef production is up 10%.


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Overall agricultural output has increased in value by 34%.


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And, most importantly of all, agriculture output per capita is also up, by 10%.


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Back then, Monbiot recommended we all became vegans:



It’s impossible to avoid the conclusion that the only sustainable and socially just option is for the inhabitants of the rich world to become, like most of the earth’s people, broadly vegan, eating meat only on special occasions like Christmas.

As a meat-eater, I’ve long found it convenient to categorise veganism as a response to animal suffering or a health fad. But, faced with these figures, it now seems plain that it’s the only ethical response to what is arguably the world’s most urgent social justice issue. We stuff ourselves, and the poor get stuffed.

I wonder if he has stuck to his diet?


To experienced Monbiot watchers, none of this should really come as any surprise. For instance, in 2007 he wrote:



If you are of a sensitive disposition, I advise you to turn the page now. I am about to break the last of the universal taboos. I hope that the recession now being forecast by some economists materialises. I recognise that recession causes hardship. Like everyone I am aware that it would cause some people to lose their jobs and homes. I do not dismiss these impacts or the harm they inflict, though I would argue that they are the avoidable results of an economy designed to maximise growth rather than welfare. What I would like you to recognise is something much less discussed: that, beyond a certain point, hardship is also caused by economic growth.


And in 2004, when he was telling the BBC that there would soon a very serious price crunch in the price of oil as demand exceeded supply, he was quoted as saying:

People don’t riot for austerity; they riot because they want more, not less. We have to riot for less.



In reality, Monbiot is little more than a typical, left wing student. But in his case, he has never grown up.

  1. February 8, 2016 5:33 pm

    Completely potty and worthless, like most things written int ehGuardian.

  2. Malcolm Bell permalink
    February 8, 2016 6:19 pm

    It is a mystery to me how our masters choose who gets listened to. If somehow you can get a “name” regardless of how or for what – PPP singer, actress, stupid journalist (read Mombiot’s Wiki entry to how stupid he is) the you get a platform. People like me who have been effective professionals delivering great results out of the limelight are totally ignored. Like the expert witness swept aside last week.

    I despair. Thank you for what you do.

  3. David Richardson permalink
    February 8, 2016 7:23 pm

    Are there one or two “t’s” in cretin??

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      February 9, 2016 4:19 am

      One, as in Monbiot.

  4. February 9, 2016 2:16 am

    Bloke down the pub on February 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm
    I see that the Moonbat will be on BBC Countryfile next week, presumably pushing his plant a tree agenda.

  5. February 9, 2016 2:52 am

    Why Do They Pay Attention To Monbiot?
    Cos people don’t like uncertainty , and Monbiot like a salesman speaks with reassuring certainy, whether he knows or not.
    He’s a prophet of “Magical Thinking”
    And a useful tool of those who PROFIT from it.

    Makes predictions, fails, changes his mind, makes new predictions on and on.

    • February 9, 2016 5:35 am

      Monbiot= “Green Prophet” for the “Green Profits”

  6. February 9, 2016 7:43 am

    I do think it is worth noting that rather a lot of Monbiot’s forays into the public sphere beyond his Guardian stuff are characterised by what to me looks like very careful (some might say sly) avoidance of any unrehearsed challenges and colluding with chums usually in the BBC to make it so.

    As I’ve said elsewhere – I suspect George enjoys setting ambushes and won’t engage if he suspects a challenge – call it guerrilla tactics….

  7. Derek Buxton permalink
    February 9, 2016 11:56 am

    He is your usual hypocrite, but stupid with it!

  8. wert permalink
    February 9, 2016 9:22 pm

    Monbiot is entertaining, as long as you remember he is a hired extremist presenting his views only.

    Listen to the green. You know what to do when you do the exact opposite.

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