Saturday, May 1, 2021

Thanks for Nothing, Epicurious

Bizarre. Just as the Democrats are fighting off the absurd GOP charge that Democrats want to ban beef, Epicurious....well, bans beef. No new recipes, articles, Instagram posts on beef! Oh no, no, no, we are right-thinking liberal Americans and we are taking a courageous stand against climate change.
Oh please. This will accomplish nothing accept annoying people and feeding the GOP narrative about nutty Democrats. James Hohmann of the Post points out the obvious:
The editors noted “there are problems” with the production of virtually “every other ingredient,” including chicken and seafood, so “almost no choice is perfect.” But humans must eat. Blocking new recipes insults the intelligence of amateur chefs. Why not add a disclaimer explaining the potential climate impacts of beef consumption? Or run articles encouraging consumers to eat less beef? Or offer tips on buying more sustainable beef?...
[W]e don’t need signals. We need meaningful, collective action. The Senate voted Wednesday to restore an Obama-era regulation that imposed limits on methane leaks from oil and gas operations. This is a good example of something tangible that will reduce emissions.....
What really got me sizzling was when Epicurious’s editors expressed hope that “the rest of American food media” joins their plot to cancel beef. I hope no one else is cowed into following their lead.
Red meat is not a red flag. At my house, it’s what’s for dinner."

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