August 20, 2014

A Leftist Proposes to Regulate Hamburgers

Some granola-crunchers are now saying the beef industry should be regulated by the government because it poses a threat to the environment and public health. A documentary called “Cowspiracy,” argues that because meat eating contributes to obesity and cow farms contribute to global warming, something must be done to curb the consumption of the nation’s favorite food. We suspect the film producers never tried bacon. Food economist Jayson Lusk writes in The Wall Street Journal, “We would never trust a group of experts to set the price of beef, milk or automobiles. We rely on a decentralized marketplace to aggregate disparate information unknown to any single person or expert committee. And yet there is a belief among some that public-health experts can accurately divine a single true and just cost for a hamburger that will help prevent the melting of the polar ice caps and save millions of lives and billions of dollars in health-care costs.” A government push to go after our hamburgers? They will have to pry them out of our greasy, ketchup-stained hands. More…

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