Increasingly, the only way I can make sense of modern liberalism is by viewing it as a neo-pagan, post-Christian religion. Most religions impose some type of dietary restrictions. Jews, for instance, can’t eat pork or combine meat with dairy. Mormons can’t have alcohol or caffeine. And so on. It’s perhaps only natural, therefore, that liberalism should develop a religiously dictated diet of its own. News out of California–the Holy Land of liberalism–suggests that liberalism’s approved diet is finally taking shape. Like many religious diets, it will include little or no meat.
FOE [Friends of the Earth] gave kids a lunch menu designed to eliminate foods it says are “unsustainable for our planet.” The new menu features far less meat and more plant-based food. Any meat or cheese the school did use came from “pastured, organic dairy cows.” The student’s lunch menu went from beef hot dogs and pepperoni pizza to vegan stir fry tofu and vegan tostadas. The new FOE-approved menu served meat and cheese-less frequently and reduced the portion sizes.
Needless to say, none of this has any scientific legitimacy. The term “unsustainable for our planet” has absolutely no scientific meaning.
“This is a landmark moment for school food,” Jennifer LeBarre, head of nutrition services for Oakland Unified School District, said in a FOE press statement. “We were so excited to see how the data showed that we could reduce our carbon and water footprint by serving healthy, delicious food –– like the vegetarian tostadas with fresh made in-house salsa, that kids absolutely love –– all while saving money.”
The old morality: The Ten Commandments
The new morality: Reducing your “carbon and water footprint”
The district and FOE claimed the lunch program was healthier than before, but only on the basis that food from plants is typically healthier than meat.
Of course, the assertion that “food from plants is typically healthier than meat,” has no scientific justification. Vegetarians, on average, are less healthy both physically and mentally than meat eaters.
Concerning self-reported health, vegetarians differ significantly from each of the other groups, toward poorer health (p = 000). Moreover, these subjects report higher levels of impairment from disorders (p = .002). Vegetarians additionally report more chronic diseases than those eating a carnivorous diet less rich in meat (p = .000; Table 2). Significantly more vegetarians suffer from allergies, cancer, and mental health ailments (anxiety, or depression) than the other dietary habit groups (Table 3).
A meatless diet seems particularly unhealthy for children, who need dietary fat for brain development.
But that’s science, and therefore irrelevant to the modern religion of liberalism.
The scary part is that if liberals can impose their dietary restrictions on schoolchildren, the next logical step will be to impose them on the rest of us.
Maybe someday the liberal Taliban will force meateaters to go into hiding, and dietary dissidents will risk arrest for scoffing brisket at underground barbecues.
Oakland schools partnered with the environmental group Friends of the Earth (FOE) to fight global warming by making student lunches climate-friendly.
Friends of the Earth. Enemies of Humanity.