The MDG’s new meat demands created outrage in the Central Party. – This is pure moralism, says Sp-Trygve.
The Green Party (MDG) is demanding in a new party program that meat consumption be halved. Representative Arild Hermstad argues that meat should be provided for holidays and Sunday dinners.
It made SP Trygve leader Slagsvold Vedum look red.
– Norwegian politicians will not decide when people should eat meat, or in this case tomato soup, Vedum told Nettavisen.
He reacted to what he believed to be the “moralism” of the MDGs, in which they indulged in something he believed belonged to the private sphere of society.
– They say there is almost something immoral about eating meatballs on Wednesdays. Then you will chase wild geese, he said.
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In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on meat and climate emissions. A separate organization has emerged for vegans who have applied for state aid to inform people about how to change their diet. The EAT organization, with Gunhild Stordalen at the forefront, argues that Norwegians must drastically reduce meat consumption.
However, Vedum believes that it is not only the MDGs that believe this, but that it is a topic that reaches deep into governance, and is therefore concerned about how the debate will develop.
– The Conservative government’s way of thinking is exactly the same. The government has announced that it will provide a follow-up. There was discussion about an extra meat tax, and a strong desire to reduce meat consumption, Vedum said.
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Climate Cure 2030 is a study conducted by the government to reveal where climate cutting needs to be done. SP leaders believe that meat is a central part of Norwegian culture and traditions, and it becomes all too easy when the MDGs say that meat consumption is only increasing.
– There are fewer cows. This means lower emissions. This is because we are much more efficient, and get more cows.
– Need food pleasure
On Tuesdays, Vedum is celebrating a birthday and his wife is serving up an old-fashioned rib dinner.
– I want to enjoy food. Yesterday I ate my first Christmas meal. Then I felt immense rib excitement. I don’t know the slightest bit of shame, but it’s just the joy of eating ribs. It is permissible to enjoy good food. This is not something that should be moralized, he said.
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– But is there an agreement that emissions from industrial agriculture should be cut?
– There’s been a big drop in the last few years. Reducing Norwegian food production will only move it overseas, and we will import its meat. We have to make sure that the cows have as little disease as possible, because then it will be better and more meat. Here, Norway is way ahead.
– You’re talking about the moralization of politicians. Central Party politician Kjersti Toppe has spoken out in favor of a better egg ban and Happy Meal?
– It was proposed when we were in government. I am the Minister of Agriculture, and luckily we managed to stop the proposal that came from the Minister of Health. There were high temperatures at some of the meetings, he said and laughed.
– arrogant Sp
MDG program committee chairman Hulda Holtvedt thought Vedum’s answer was “arrogant”.
– Lower meat consumption is good for the climate, our animals, food security and the UN climate panel recommends cutting meat. Government climate medicine does the same. When the Central Party chooses to completely ignore that knowledge, it is immoral and hostile to knowledge, Holtvedt told Nettavisen.
– Something would go wrong if a packet of sausages cost less than a packet of carrots.
– Is that moralism?
– Not. It is about what political structural actions should be taken to reduce emissions. It is important to differentiate between what politicians do and what individuals buy when they are at the checkout counter, he said.
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– What structural measures should be taken?
– We want it to be more expensive to buy meat, and cheaper to buy fruit and vegetables. Consumers should find it easier to make environmentally friendly choices.
– But wouldn’t that go beyond especially low salaries, who just want to arrange dinner for the family?
– Those with less money did not attend the climate fair because the vegetarian alternative was more expensive. The climate barometer shows that young people eat the most meat. However, there are also those who want to reduce their consumption of meat the most. Finance shouldn’t be a constraint.
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– So there’s nothing to be ashamed of?
– Not. No one should be ashamed. We ask politicians to take action to make food policy consider knowledge.
Norway is a country with a lot of grass, which makes it friendly for meat production. But Holtvedt believes that farmers should shift more to vegetable production.
– We can produce more plant foods in Norway. If we cut meat consumption in half, we will be self-sufficient, and thus not dependent on feed imports. We are not advising anyone to stop eating meat. But today we eat twice as much meat as our grandparents did.
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