The Government's food policy for the next 20 years is intended to not only promote healthy food but also to fight global warming and ensure we do not fall victim to food shortages.Oh, wow! A food policy that does all that…?
Consumers are encouraged to eat less red meat and dairy, to reduce the amount of methane produced by cows, and more locally-sourced seasonal fruit and vegetables to cut down on food being transported over long distances.How? Exactly how are they to be ‘encouraged’?
New labels on food will show the 'carbon footprint' in manufacturing and transporting products.Oh. In other words, a few ecoloonies will block up the aisles scrutinising the small print so they can be holier than thou when they throw their tedious mung-bean dinner parties, and for everyone else, it’ll be business as usual…
Is that it? Oh, no. Labour aren’t going to be satisfied until we’re all living the life of a Panamanian peasant farmer:
When meals are finished all households will be expected to use a "slop bucket" in the kitchen to ensure food is composted rather than sent to landfill.In the middle of summer, that’s going to be pleasant come refuse-day, isn’t it? I think I’ll buy shares in Rentokil…
Or perhaps we’ll simply put left-over food waste in the liquidiser and dispose of it down the loo. What do you think is more likely?
Cookery lessons in schools and community centres will teach children and adults how to reuse left overs in a reminder of wartime austerity.Eh…?
You’re currently ‘teaching them’ to read and write and avoid sexually harassing, bullying and stabbing each other, aren’t you? Tell me, how’s that working out?
Yeah, that’s what I thought…
Manufacturers will be expected to reduce plastic packaging and "buy one get one free" will be phased out for products that can go off.In the middle of a recession, with people facing a triple-whammy of low wages, rising prices and a huge public sector to maintain, you want to make it harder for them to feed their families..?
The use of "best before" dates and "sell by" dates will also be sidelined to stop people throwing away edible food in favour of a "use by" label that refers to when food is no longer safe to eat.Anyone who cares about thrift is already doing this; it’s why we have noses and eyes and taste buds.
Anyone who doesn’t care won’t care any more in the future…
Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, who is due to announce the new strategy at the Oxford Farming Conference, said the UK could be a "food superpower" in the next ten years by revolutionising farming and food manufacturing.A ‘food superpower’?
But ultimately, the vegetarian minister said healthy eating is up to the consumer and pledged more money to educate people in eating and buying the right food.
The country currently treated with contempt by superpowers and suffering the humiliation of having their ships seized on the high seas and their tourists abducted by a bunch of qat-chewing goat-herders?
How low has Blair and now Brown brought us that being a ‘food superpower’ is something to be aspired to..?
Angry Exile has more on this, and sums it up perfectly in one sentence:
Oh, my. Health nazism, delusional green control freakery and a touch of neo-Malthusianism, all in one sentence.Indeed! You know what it's not, though?
It's not a vote winner.