Our rulers don\’t know what they\’re doing

Not that this is exactly news, rather just another example:

The massive increase in meat consumption in rich countries in recent decades has led to spikes in the price of grain

Has there been a massive rise in meat eating in the rich countries? There\’s certainly been a massive rise in the developing countries…..as people begin to get rich enough to have more than just the bowl of rice.

What does amuse though is the picture with it. A plate of British sausages: a food not known to have any connection with any form of known meat.

11 thoughts on “Our rulers don\’t know what they\’re doing”

  1. The spike in grain prices is almost solely due to the insanity of growing food and turning it into inferior fuel with a greater Carbon footprint than the fossil fuel it is supposed to replace. This practice should be classed as a crime against humanity.

  2. You might be being a bit unkind about the sausages Tim. These days even Asda ships rather nice ones, and the majority of stuff on the shelves is not the rusk packed stuff we got 20 years ago.

    I was under the impression we mainly fed our beef grass, since the majority of our agricultural land is unsuitable for cereals?

  3. You could have an increase in animal slaughter without an increase in per head meat consumption. A) increase in population. B) increase in fussiness, so we don’t eat tongue, tripe etc) and C) increase in pets.

  4. The spike in grain prices is partly biofuels, mainly two successive northern hemisphere bad harvests.

    Meat consumption is an inefficient way of using grain, if you want to look at it like that, but this is just carpetbagging by veggies.

  5. “A plate of British sausages: a food not known to have any connection with any form of known meat.”

    Neigh, lad.

  6. Most UK and South American beef cattle are grass fed, so I’ll call bullshit on this one.

  7. ” a food not known to have any connection with any form of known meat”
    Only if they are produced by Stella Macartney and friends. I have been eating pork-based sausages plus a small minority of beef and a far smaller minority of turkey/lamb/chicken/quorn sausages since before you were born. Jim Hacker’s remarks may be fair comment on the stuff you get in supermarkets but one’s local butcher *will* sell decent sausages made from the scraps left over from premium-priced joints.

  8. More importantly, Tim, you missed the Grauniad’s “bait and switch”: it starts with “An increase in meat eating is one of many factors underlying the global food crises that have afflicted the developing world twice in the last five years”and then Ms Fiona Harvey blames it on the “massive increase in meat consumption in rich countries in recent decades”. As you say the rise in meat consumption in the last decade has been in China while the overdeveloped world has seen a major rise in vegetarianism.
    Ms Harvey seemingly wants us to stop eating Welsh or New Zealand lamb reared on hillsides unsuitable for grain. She has a minor point that corn-fed beef are an inefficient use of grain – sure, go tell that to Obama! Not significant in the UK

  9. So Much For Subtlety

    Rupert Fiennes – “I was under the impression we mainly fed our beef grass, since the majority of our agricultural land is unsuitable for cereals?”

    I would be very surprised if that was so. After all, half the year you have to feed silage. Britain is too cold and wet to keep cows out all year round. I am sure that it is hard to avoid slipping some grain into that grass. I expect British regulations say you can call it grass-fed if it is allowed out on the paddock at least 15 days a year – like the mislabeling of free range eggs.

    The article is read is Edward Luttwak-s. He has written some of the best under appreciated articles of recent times. But despite being a full time academic and international affairs commentator, he also raises beef in Bolivia. He wrote a great article on the difference between rearing cows in Bolivia and Maryland. It was in the LRB, and I think reproduced in his book The Virtual American Empire.

    4Peter Risdon – “Meat consumption is an inefficient way of using grain”

    Define inefficient. A lot of grain is needed to produce a kilogram of beef, but it is an odd definition of inefficient that says that is a problem. Would you want to chew through six kilograms of bread for lunch?

  10. the amazing ignorance of the everybody about animal husbandry continues to aggravate me.
    Ruminant, mono gastric ;hormones, anti biotic;no clue ,but ill-informed opinion.
    And do not get me started about the vile,wicked,stupid “organic movement”(or as eurotards call it bio-dynamic)

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