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By TONY MOBILIFONITIS
QUESTIONS are being raised over the highly suspicious destruction of some 20 food processing and distribution facilities across the US and Canada since mid-2021.
The incidents coincide with a warning of food shortages issued by the Biden administration and G7 leaders in March. They blame the war in Ukraine, a major grain growing nation, but a long-running war on farming led by environmentalists is more likely the underlying reason.
Climate activism at a government and corporate level by industry groups such as Meat and Livestock Australia, is also directly threatening livestock numbers and the economic viability of the food industry.
Australian senator Malcolm Roberts has echoed this warning in relation to MLA’s so-called Red Meat 2030 project. “Red Meat 2030 is a strategic plan to double the value of the red meat industry without increasing herd numbers or prices, whilst bringing the industry to net zero emissions. This sounds like a fairy-tale and yet the Liberal/Nationals Government is selling this plan to farmers with a straight face.”
The worldwide green movement blames farming, and livestock farming in particular, for “climate change” and the radical, criminal element of this movement which is directly linked to the US Democratic Party, is not above violent action to bring about their objective of basically destroying the fossil-fuel powered agri-industrial economy.
This militant radicalism is being fanned by the UN. “In her remarks to the UN General Assembly in March, General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés warned that there are only 11 years left for humankind to enact massive and unprecedented changes to avert climate catastrophe. Considering the conditions of our situation, radical action and forceful tactics are increasingly becoming the norm,” the quarterly Harvard International Review reported.
In recent incidents this month a massive fire destroyed parts of the Azure Standard headquarters in Oregon, a company that claims to be the USA’s largest independent food distributor, and another massive blaze destroyed the Taylor Farms packaged salad plant in Salinas, California.
In late March, 25,000 kilos of food was destroyed in a fire at the Maricopa Food Pantry, a food bank in Arizona, while another blaze at Rio Fresh in Texas severely damaged the onion processing facility.
In February, fires destroyed Wisconsin River Meats, the Shearer’s Food potato chip plant in Oregon, and the Louis Dreyfus soybean and biodiesel plant in Indiana. Numerous other fires happened at food plants across the US in previous months.
While not all the fires were listed as suspicious, food processing factory fires are said the be relatively rare, compared with the 1000 or so warehouse fires across the US annually. But the attacks on farm and fishing industries worldwide by animal rights and climate activists are well documented. It is also happening at a government level through environmental and climate legislation.
In Northern Ireland parliamentarians are calling for the elimination of more than a million sheep and cattle from the nation in order to meet the insane “climate emissions targets” required under their Climate Change (No.2) Bill.
The Irish Act requires the farming sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reduce methane emissions by almost 50 percent over the same period. The parallels with Meat and Livestock Australia’s Red Meat 2030 project are clear.
The Ulster Farmers’ Union and other agriculture industry groups, like sheep going to slaughter, commissioned KPMG to do the numbers of how much livestock needs to be culled to meet the net zero emissions target. The big lie is that about a third of human-caused methane emissions come from livestock, mostly from the burps and manure of beef and dairy cattle.
But interestingly, KPMG shared a nugget of truth on the matter. “Both the ‘pig’ and ‘poultry’ sectors have a minor impact on agriculture carbon emissions (2% and 1%, respectively) and, therefore, any effort to decarbonise can be assumed to have a minor impact on total carbon emissions,” the company said.
Another analysis by the UK government’s climate advisers suggested chicken numbers would also need to be cut by 5 million by 2035, severely winding back the rapid growth in pig and poultry sectors in Nothern Ireland in the past decade.
But cheap meat for Irish folk is not what environmentalism wants. The meat will be reserved as a delicacy for the global elites. The bulk of the Irish will more likely be sold Bill Gates’ “sustainable” farm specialty – compacted insects and “plant-based meat”. The latter is already sold in Australian supermarkets.
As noted by Senator Roberts: “Red Meat 2030 is a plan to take red meat off the table of everyday Australians. This is implementing the political goals of the United Nations to reduce red meat consumption to 14g – one mouthful – a day. I spoke about this UN plan in my speech to the Senate recently. A vote for the Liberal, Nationals, Labor or Greens is a vote for taking red meat off the table of everyday Australians through their Red Meat 2030 plan.”
The 90-member Northern Ireland Assembly passed the bill which has set a net-zero carbon emission target for 2050. This is the “respectable face” of the anti-farming agenda of “net zero emissions” being pushed worldwide by the green lobby and is a clear and present danger to Australia from all mainstream parties.
Net zero emissions has long been the policy of Labor-Greens and more recently, the Coalition. The latter make lame concessions to their rural Nationals base when “climate policy” effects on farming is discussed, but Morrison and his circle have committed to the green global agenda like most other western nations.
Why supposedly conservative parties bend to climate hysteria is uncertain, but one major reason is probably the perception peddled by the media that “most people” believe in it. But there is also money i.e. the mega-millions washing around in the so-called renewable energy industry. And of course, it’s all part of the longstanding UN and G7 environmentalist agenda going way back to the Rio Conference in 1992.
According to popular Irish mythology, agriculture accounts for about 27% of Northern Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, with the vast majority coming from livestock. Like Australia, Ireland’s meat industry is heavily export-driven.
The country’s main poultry processor is Moy Park, a subsidiary of the Brazilian meat giant JBS, and is Northern Ireland’s largest company. The country’s main pig producer, JMW Farms at Armagh, trebled its gross turnover between 2011 and 2020.
Ewa Kmietowicz, head of the land use mitigations team at the Irish Climate Change Committee (CCC), said: “If you look at the evidence on the lifecycle of greenhouse gas emissions, the red meat livestock sources – beef, dairy, sheep – have the highest emissions because they’re ruminant and they have high methane emissions.
“But pigs and poultry also have a lot of indirect emissions through fodder growth and supply. A lot of food for pigs is imported in the UK, which wouldn’t necessarily impact on UK territorial emissions, but it’s still important because we don’t want to increase consumption emissions for the UK.”
CCC chief executive Chris Stark, told the Guardian newspaper that a switch to arable farming would probably be necessary if food production levels are to remain the same in Northern Ireland. “A condition in our modelling is that we produce the same amount of food per head in 2050,” he said. “But it’s very difficult to do this unless you see a change in farming practice, and especially unless you see a shift in arable farming versus livestock.”