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Let them Eat Bugs
If memories of school dinners make your stomach turn, you may wish to be grateful that you no longer languish in what passes for the UK’s full time education system. Primary school children could soon be offered a course of insects as part of their daytime meals “in order to help the environment”.
According to GB News:
Four primary schools in Wales will be piloting a scheme educating children on "alternative proteins" from sources such as insects.
Crickets, grasshoppers, silkworms, locusts and mealworms will all be discussed with children in Pembrokeshire, with the view of potentially offering them as an alternative protein.
Insect farms are believed to emit 75% less carbon than traditional livestock.
This, no doubt, is a prelude to inducting a bug-based diet to the rest of the population as part of the so-called “Green Industrial Revolution” – that utopian vision of a future free of things we should apparently do without, such as carbon dioxide and civilisation.
Whether insects and the like are either an “adequate” or even a “good” source of nutrition in a technical sense is beside the point. I am even happy to accept that, according to the report, there are already over “30 parts of bugs in every 100g of chocolate…bread, fruit juices, hops.” Fine. What bugs me (pun intended) is this: there is no reason on God’s green earth to impoverish ourselves with an “alternative protein” source solely because of the unfounded climate hysteria of the urban, liberal left. We should in no way accept the alleged “necessity” of shoving aside the delights of a juicy joint of beef or a bulging breast of chicken simply because of the misidentification of carbon dioxide as a dangerous pollutant.
We seem to be living in an age of anti-innovation in which all of our productive effort – whether its in food, energy, transport, housing or whatever – is geared towards making our lives worse rather than better. We are being ever-so-gently nudged into a life of mere survival in accordance with the dictates of a wealthy, Malthusian elite that views humanity as an aggressive cancer in need of cutting back and subjecting to their rigorous control – all at the same time as they themselves indulge in luxuries that few of us could afford. To add to the irony, it is their own statist-corporatist-leftist policies that are decimating Western society and breeding social decay; they then have the gall to ascribe the resulting problems to rampant overpopulation and the wanton consumption of the great unwashed. Ordinary people should no longer put up with this.
In contrast to any forced “Great Reset” or “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the path to sustainability, productivity, innovation and progress is, in fact, remarkably simple:
First, rid ourselves of the scourge of paper money that induces only debt and consumption rather than saving and productivity. Force the politically and financially well-connected to earn their money like the rest of us instead of having it flow from the printing press.
Second, restore full, private property rights in all resources so that owners bear the cost of depletion. It should be remembered that profits are equal to revenue minus costs. The free market furnishes as much of an incentive to minimise waste as it does to maximise income.
Third, cut all taxes and regulation so that control over the economy is returned to consumers from the hands of the state and large, favoured corporations.
All of this, moreover, will furnish us with the wherewithal to become more resilient to climate-related problems, whether they be induced by nature or human activity. Indeed, deaths caused by such problems are already at an all-time low.
As for this latest, entomophagic “initiative”, one can hope that the unfortunate children designated as guinea pigs will, themselves, give it short shrift. After all, it’s difficult enough getting kids to finish plate of vegetables; one might have to promise an awful lot of ice cream if they are to finish their creepy crawlies as well.