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Christina Figueres’ Anti Meat Agenda

February 10, 2019
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

h/t Mike Waite

 

 

Could the conclusions of the new Lancet report on obesity have anything to do with the views of a certain Christina Figueres, who just happens to be Chair of Lancet’s High Level Advisory Board?

 

Figueres made clear her views on agriculture a couple of months ago:

 

Land, however, is not the only way to produce food, she says, referring to vertical farming, the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers. Though nascent, the technology is evolving with commercial ventures such as Plenty, an ag-tech startup backed by SoftBank and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and AeroFarms, ploughing millions into city-based vertical farms.

“The more concentration of people in cities, the more vertical farming we’re going to need, because it’s not just about soil and land use, but transportation of food adding to its carbon footprint,” says points out.

Ms Figueres proposes what she calls “three provocative ideas”. The first is asking fossil fuel companies, already required to reduce their emissions, to finance the reforestation of degraded lands. She concedes that there are problems with this idea, but reiterates that we need to be thinking “not just outside the box, but without it”.

Secondly, she says, we should all be vegetarians and restaurants should treat meat eaters like smokers, by making them eat outside, because meat is “bad for the planet and our health”. “Very, very provocative, but why not?” she asks.

Some 26 per cent of the planet’s ice-free land is used for livestock grazing and around 33 per cent of croplands are used for livestock feed production, according to the FAO.

The idea of reducing livestock use is slowing gaining traction, with several companies starting to offer technologically impressive alternatives, such as Memphis Meats that grows meat in a lab and JUST Inc, which produces a plant-based alternative to eggs.

 

https://www.raconteur.net/sustainability/christiana-figueres-food-production

 

Anti meat? Big tobacco? Anti fossil fuels? Anti big business?

Now where have we heard that before?

31 Comments
  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    February 10, 2019 7:25 pm

    There is King Midas and his Golden Touch.
    In a slightly different vein:
    There is Christina Figueres and her Stinking Carp Touch.

  2. February 10, 2019 7:27 pm

    If this were a religious thing she wouldn’t get anywhere near the coverage.

    Another unhinged harridan – file in the same category as Dr. Helen Caldicott

    • dennisambler permalink
      February 11, 2019 11:29 am

      Not unhinged, very astute. AGW is the family business. She was involved in carbon trading before the UN job but was running the process at previous COP’s as chair of panels examining further financial commitments by developed nations.

      She was Senior Adviser to C-Quest Capital, a carbon finance company focusing on programmatic CDM investments. She was the Principal Climate Change Advisor to ENDESA Latinoamérica, the largest private utility in Latin America with operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. She was a colleague of Lord Stern at a trading advisory company called the Carbon Ratings Agency. https://web.archive.org/web/20120701220313/http://www.ideacarbon.com/about-us/advisory-board/index.htm

      Her estranged husband is Konrad von Ritter, a former World Bank apparatchick, before starting his WEnergy Global company, “your one-stop-shop-solution provider for customized renewable energy infra-structure. The company combines the best technologies to ensure that the needs and demands of the client or off-taker can be met, now and in the future.”

      Her brother Jose, former President of Costa Rica, is also in the business. He has been a Director of the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Stockholm Environment Institute and WWF. Since 2010 he has been President of Branson’s Carbon War Room. From 2009 until 2011, when its mandate was completed, Figueres served on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Advisory Group on Climate Change and Energy.

      Christiana is currently convenor of the Mission2020 group, http://www.mission2020.global/ and vice-chair of Bloomberg’s Covenant of Mayors, https://www.globalcovenantofmayors.org/

      • Athelstan permalink
        February 11, 2019 12:00 pm

        method too, in her madness.

      • February 11, 2019 12:20 pm

        dennisambler – I stand corrected – she’s a crook then. I’d read snippets – but when you put it all together like that – she makes Gummer look like an amateur trougher with him actually hiding his connections – and her Wikipedia profile actually seemingly trumpeting them as virtues.

        One rarely sees any reference to all those connections in MSM coverage.

        If one assume she sincerely believes everything she says though, I still think it’s clear that she’s bonkers.

        What is truly tiresome is the ruthless exploitation of status to swerve any discussion / challenge.

  3. The Informed Consumer permalink
    February 10, 2019 7:49 pm

    I like the way she thinks ~ahem~.

    Make cities self sufficient. For example, they could start with London and build a power station or ten within the boundaries of the M25 as there are none there at the moment. But poor polluted London can’t possibly suffer a coal or gas fired power station, and a nuclear one would be out the question, think of all those poor city dwellers at risk from fallout!

    They could build wind farms in the same area, except of course, it’s not quite suitable for them so they are farmed out to blight the countryside and oceans, adding to the grid, off which London feasts voraciously.

    So of course the idea of tower block farming makes complete sense. It does of course utterly ignore the burning question of a housing shortage, but so what? The obscenely expensive lettuces produced by ‘vertical’ farming, which requires enormous amounts of energy from said grid will only be affordable by the stinking rich, so even living in the city will be impossible for anyone short of a few million spare quid.

    But it’s all OK. You see, when greens pluck ideas from the air and campaign them as solutions to all our problems they’re bound to work because they are so virtuous.

    • The Informed Consumer permalink
      February 10, 2019 10:51 pm

      Not the Informed Consumer……..HotScot as ever.

  4. Geoffb permalink
    February 10, 2019 8:37 pm

    The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum.

  5. February 10, 2019 9:01 pm

    The very same Figueres, who, in her role for the UN’s Framework Convention for Climate Change is quoted as saying:

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”

    And in case you didn’t get her point, that their work has more to do with the destruction of capitalism, not climate change, she restated for the slow of mind:

    “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

    Ahhh, the elite …

    • The Informed Consumer permalink
      February 10, 2019 10:53 pm

      Of course never transmitted by the BBC.

  6. markl permalink
    February 10, 2019 9:18 pm

    I call bullshit on “Some 26 per cent of the planet’s ice-free land is used for livestock grazing and around 33 per cent of croplands are used for livestock feed production, according to the FAO.” Typical AGW false narrative to get your attention.

  7. Kestrel27 permalink
    February 10, 2019 9:49 pm

    Well at least there’s an easy answer to ‘very, very provocative but why not?’. Because the idea that meat is ‘bad for the planet and our health’ is utter bilge with no science behind it. I was going to say ‘tripe’ but that seemed somehow inappropriate.

  8. February 10, 2019 9:52 pm

    Christiana Figueres, speaking at Oxford University in November 2018:
    https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/videos/view/695

    From the 55:34 mark:

    “Behavioural changes – four, for each individual. Are you ready? Number one. If you’re still eating meat every day of the week, you’re committing a crime. Okay? Eating meat is the easiest thing – stop eating meat or decline your eating meat is the easiest thing that every individual can do, particularly in this country. You can’t say the same for other people in impoverished developing countries, but in the UK, if you’re eating meat every day – excuse me, zero responsibility, okay? Zero responsibility. So if you’re eating meat seven days a week, cut it down to five. Six months from now, cut it down to three. Cut it down to one, cut it down to zero. You can do it. I know you can. [Audience laughter and applause]. So, be aware of what you’re eating. I’m sorry, that’s just meat but it goes through all our, you know, fancy-dancy stuff that we import, etc., etc. Okay. Fine. So, be careful about what you eat – not be careful, be intentional about what you eat. Because everything that you put in your mouth, not only has some impact on your body – which, meat does not have a good impact on your body – but it also has an impact on the planet. So either you do it for your health, your personal health, or you do it for the health of the planet. Be intentional about what you eat.

    Number two – transport. Now, in this country one of the things – and I live in London – one of the things I absolutely love about this country is the fact that we have public transport in this country, most places, certainly in London. But in addition to having public transport, you’re still cruising around, you know, on your own, on four wheels that are burning some kind of fossil fuel – hello… You’re committing a crime.

    Number three. To those sitting down here, because the youngsters probably are not there yet – do you know where your finances are? Do you know where your pension money is? Do you know where your savings money is? If any of your pension money, your savings, your – you know, whatever, your bank account, whatever… If any of that money, if any of that money is invested in high-carbon assets, my friends, you’re also committing a crime.

    Number four – voting! Oh my god! Voting! We would have completely different results… The interesting thing about this movement is the young people are not telling you how to vote, right? They’re just raising your awareness about the fact that there are millions of people on this planet – for whom we are determining the future – who have no voice in those elections. And so if you’re privileged, a) to live in a democratic country that has voting, and b) if you’re old enough to vote, and you don’t go vote? You’re also committing a crime! You are!”

    Meat eaters, drivers, investors, voters who sometimes abstain – we’re all criminals.

    (According to Christiana Figueres.)

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      February 11, 2019 10:38 am

      There is no bigger criminal than the virtiue signallers, aka the green blob. They should be ridiculed at every turn and shown up for what they are, people killers!

  9. Feels Like Kevin permalink
    February 10, 2019 10:00 pm

    This lady is currently also in an advisory role at ENI, Italy’s largest oil company.

    https://www.eni.com/en_IT/media/2018/04/eni-first-meeting-of-the-advisory-board#

    ENI’s bio:

    We are one of the global oil and gas super-players – operating in 71 countries worldwide and employing around 33,000 people. As of March 31, 2018, the company’s market capitalisation was calculated at $64 billion. Eni is consistently ranked among the top 150 companies on the Fortune Global 500 list according to revenue. Here is a preview of our main oil and gas exploration, production, refining and selling operations, electricity and chemistry – the foundations on which our work is based – and the values that inspire our actions.

    https://www.eni.com/en_IT/company/company-profile.page

  10. M E permalink
    February 10, 2019 10:32 pm

    I have been looking into the effects of eating grains, wheat ,corn rye oats etc and find that they are often bad, especially on the brain.
    Legumes have the same effects if not worse.. looking at allergies to peanuts and beans. Maybe the madness of female politicians and heads of NGOs is caused by their slimming diets , vegetarian platters, oriental foods heavy with soya bean derivatives and MSG.

    • HotScot permalink
      February 10, 2019 11:05 pm

      M E

      I would agree with you, and as far as I can gather one of the reasons mankind has risen to the top of the planets intellectual ladder is because we are predominantly protein eaters, most of which is derived from meat.

      I just wonder why Lions aren’t ahead of us on that ladder.

      A bit like climate change; If we apportion everything to a single element, like atmospheric CO2, we come up short in everything else.

      • M E permalink
        February 11, 2019 1:55 am

        Hot Scot
        I would refer you to any scientific page on FODMAPs . some other sites are just commercial but FODMAPs are being studied scientifically in New Zealand , I was told about a year ago.

      • Seeker permalink
        February 11, 2019 7:59 am

        HotScot muses:-
        I just wonder why Lions aren’t ahead of us on that ladder.

        Could be that their social setup allows the females to make all the important decisions?

      • Sara Hall permalink
        February 11, 2019 8:45 am

        M E, ah, FODMAPS. I discovered them over 10 years ago after a particularly unpleasant reaction to a bowl of fruit salad and vowed never to eat the like again. Ever since I have been trying to educate my clearly poorly educated, gluten free, veggie friends but mostly to no avail. I even suggested to one of them that she eat a steak, grow a brain cell & then come back and explain to me why vegetarians are so smart. We’re no longer friends, unsurprisingly.

      • HotScot permalink
        February 11, 2019 1:58 pm

        Seeker

        What I was trying to say (very badly) is that the question of man’s intellectual progress is often attributed to our high protein consumption. Clearly not correct as if so Lions would be well ahead of us in that respect.

        Protein consumption presumably plays it’s part but there are innumerable other influences, including Lionesses. 🙂

  11. Sam Duncan permalink
    February 10, 2019 11:02 pm

    “Asking”. Heh.

  12. Curious George permalink
    February 11, 2019 1:24 am

    “grows meat in a lab” – what?? GMO meat???

    Could this be her way of population control?

    • Seeker permalink
      February 11, 2019 8:04 am

      Curious George muses:-

      Could this be her way of population control?

      They’ve already got the solution to that.

      Send women out to work —> destroy the family —> birth rate below replacement.

  13. Gerard van permalink
    February 11, 2019 7:22 am

    Comparing apples with oranges. Grazing land is usually land not suited to cropping, so the idea that this land is not being put to the best use is simply wrong. Also grazing has positive benefits for the land. Again the idea that methane emitted by stock is a problem is another myth. Methane quickly breaks down to CO and water. Concentrations of methane in the atmosphere are miniscule and largely of natural origin.

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    February 11, 2019 10:15 am

    A woman of extraordinary privilege – her father was President of Costa Rica – who has never done a proper job bu wafted around the world living off her name and contacts, now has immense influence over all our lives, despite never being elected, never being chosen by us, never demonstrating why she should be listened to,

    And these people wonder why we vote for Brexit, some for Trump, others for populists?

  15. dennisambler permalink
    February 11, 2019 11:04 am

    There is major conflict in India between Hindu and Muslim factions over beef. This report is from 2017,

    “Laws have been changed to increase the punishment for transporting or trading in beef. Restaurants have been prohibited from serving it. People have been dragged out from their homes and lynched on suspicion of serving beef.

    A month ago, an innocent dairy farmer was beaten to death by a group of vigilantes who thought he might have been transporting his cattle for slaughter. Government ministers have proudly declared how much they disapprove of beef-eating.”

    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2088866/why-world-needs-sit-and-take-notice-indias-war-meat

    2018: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-cow/policeman-and-one-other-dead-after-violence-over-cow-slaughter-in-north-india-idUSKBN1O21N9

    There are apparently 330M cows in India, all producing methane. Will they have to slaughter them to save the planet, even though they can’t eat them?

  16. Athelstan permalink
    February 11, 2019 11:23 am

    “should treat meat eaters like smokers, by making them eat outside, because meat is “bad for the planet and our health”. “Very, very provocative, but why not?” she asks.”

    quote the la di dah posh gel of Costa Rica – Figueres.

    may as well just shoot them “why not” – eh luv?

  17. JCalvertN permalink
    February 11, 2019 8:21 pm

    Lettuce eat lettuce!

    I wonder what the carbon footprint of a tonne of lettuce is?

  18. Shivering in winter permalink
    February 12, 2019 5:31 am

    Just wondering: what happens when all the cattle are replaced by 7 billion people eating beans?

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