Move over, Hannibal Lecter.  There’s a worse killer ravaging the earth. The food police in Britain have decreed that eating lamb is a climate crime.

GIVE up lamb roasts and save the planet. Government advisers are developing menus to combat climate change by cutting out “high carbon” food such as meat from sheep, whose burping poses a serious threat to the environment.

Out will go kebabs, greenhouse tomatoes and alcohol. Instead, diners will be encouraged to consume more potatoes and seasonal vegetables, as well as pork and chicken, which generate fewer carbon emissions.

“Changing our lifestyles, including our diets, is going to be one of the crucial elements in cutting carbon emissions,” said David Kennedy, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change.

They’re going after beer and whiskey, too:

Alcoholic drinks are another significant contributory factor, with the growing and processing of crops such as hops and malt into beer and whisky helping to generate 1.5% of the nation’s greenhouse gases.

The last I read, Britain’s economy is in the toilet.  Yet they have the money to do this:

The Carbon Trust, a government-funded firm, is working with food and drink companies to calculate the “carbon footprints” of products – sometimes with surprising results.

Coca-Cola, for example, generates only about half the greenhouse gas emissions of Innocent’s “smoothies”. Cadbury’s chocolate generates about 4½lb for every 2.2lb eaten – less than half that from theof[sic] CO2 same weight of chicken.

That can’t make the anti-obesity brigade very happy.  Talk about your unintended consequences.  Eat chocolate, drink Coke and save the world!  I foresee ad campaigns from Coke touting that result.

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