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Your Burger Is Killing the Planet, Say the Climatarians

January 19, 2016  •  National Review Online

Move over, vegetarian; the "climatarian" is now taking the smug seat at the dinner table. This new term is a convergence of two political crusades: climate change and the food movement. It landed on the New York Times list of the top new food words for 2015. Here's how the Grey Lady defined the term:

climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste.

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Cut meat consumption to combat climate change? Bah, humbug!

December 24, 2015  •  Tribune News Service

Climate change activists are disappointed with the Paris agreement because, in the words of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, it doesn't go "far enough."

High on their list of policy goals is a tax on meat, akin to tobacco and alcohol "sin taxes."

The theory is that meat, especially beef, is disproportionately responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and if we were able to change how people eat, primarily in wealthier countries like the U.S., we could take a significant bite out of climate change.

A blueprint to achieve the meat tax is laid out in a November report by Chatham House, a London-based think tank. The group concedes that the issue is "complex."

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The Climate Agenda Behind the Bacon Scare

November 10, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

Headlines blaring that processed and red meat causes cancer have made this steak-and-bacon-loving nation collectively reach for the Rolaids. Vegans are in full party mode, and the media is in a feeding frenzy. But there is more to this story than meets the (rib)eye.

With United Nations climate talks beginning in a few weeks in Paris, the cancer warning seems particularly well timed. Environmental activists have long sought to tie food to the fight against global warming. Now the doomsayers who want to take on modern agriculture, a considerable source of greenhouse-gas emissions, can employ an additional scare tactic: Meat production sickens the planet; meat consumption sickens people.

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Common Sense Needed for Consumer Product Regulation

November 5, 2015  •  Inside Sources

It's the fourth quarter with under two minutes remaining in the activist-driven campaign against a widely-used plasticizer, diisononyl phthalates (DINP). Yet despite the chemical's overwhelming and well-established safety record, the outcome of a final regulatory determination by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) remains in doubt.

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Risk Expert Says Calls to Stop Serving Processed Meats in Schools Should Be Rejected

October 28, 2015  •  NCPPR Media

For Release: October 29, 2015
Contact: Judy Kent at (703) 759-7476 or jkent@nationalcenter.org

Washington, D.C. - National Center for Public Policy Research Risk Analysis Director Jeff Stier has released the following statement regarding the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) classification of processed meats as carcinogens and a call for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to remove such meats from school menus:

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