Christopher Snowdon of the Institute for Economic Affairs warns that the British government will only achieve its climate change targets by forcing people to eat less red meat.
Snowden made the comments during an appearance on GB News after a leaked report by the National Food Strategy (NFS) which encouraged people to consume “edible algae and fermented protein alternatives such as microbes and plant biomass.”
“In principle, there could be a justification for government action…Boris Johnson has made some extremely ambitious climate change targets…and to do that, if he’s serious about doing it, at some point he’s going to have to stop advising people to fly less and eat less red meat and find ways of forcing people,” said Snowden, adding that this would be tough to impose democratically.
Snowden noted that when governments in other countries have attempted to impose climate change-based taxes, the end result has been massive riots, such as the ‘Yellow Vest’ unrest in France which was partially motivated by onerous gas tax hikes and other regulations impacting rural workers.
“I think the government is going to really struggle to get the public onside once they see what is required to meet these targets,” he added.
'Boris Johnson is going to have to stop advising people to fly less and eat less red meat and find ways of forcing people.'
Christopher Snowden from the IEA says the Prime Minister will need to use coercive measures if he wants to meet his climate change targets. pic.twitter.com/xMqKmNTxxO
— GB News (@GBNEWS) July 12, 2021
Last month, the British government enshrined climate goals into law that mandate a 78% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.
By 2050, the government wants Britain to be achieving near zero emissions by 2050, although critics have questioned how this is possible without monumental changes to our way of life and economic output.
According to the government’s Climate Change Committee (CCC), people should be “asked” to eat 20% less meat and diary products by 2030 and 35% less by 2050.
While the government isn’t yet forcing people to alter their diets, they have set about banning numerous things deemed to be harmful to the planet, including gas boilers by 2033 and sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.