The Corner

With Meat We Shall Not Inherit the Earth

Dietary rules and restrictions are a part of many religions, so it’s at least consistent that Lord Stern, one of Britain’s most prominent climate alarmists, is making sure that his particular millennial cult is not left out:

People will need to turn vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming. In an interview with The [London] Times, Lord Stern of Brentford said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.” Lord Stern, the author of the influential 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming, said that a successful deal at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December would lead to soaring costs for meat and other foods that generate large quantities of greenhouse gases. He predicted that people’s attitudes would evolve until meat eating became unacceptable. “I think it’s important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating,” he said. “I am 61 now and attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed radically since I was a student. People change their notion of what is responsible. They will increasingly ask about the carbon content of their food.”

And is Stern himself a vegetarian?

Ah, that’s not altogether clear. The Times merely notes that “Lord Stern . . . said that he was not a strict vegetarian himself.”

Well, there’s a surprise. Useful word, “strict.”