From what I understand of the matter, these new regulations on dairy farmers will make it more difficult for small producers to compete with larger corporate milk producers, ultimately putting them out of business. This is what happens in most cases, when regulations like these are put into place. And, I don't see how this will make any significant impact on global carbon emissions.
Rather than relying on government and their corporate stooges to address these issues, if "man made climate change" really is a problem for someone, they should take action themselves. Individuals, taking action in unison with other like-minded people, can be more effective than any legislation; and it would be done so in a fair way.
Just think how much less carbon emissions would be if we, as a society, would just make the bulk of our meals from locally grown and produced foods.
A couple of days ago, Janice and I were away from home for the afternoon and decided to get a quick bite to eat a nearby fast food restaurant. While we were waiting to place our order, the woman ahead of us was quite upset that she could not get a fresh salad that day. Apparently, the restaurant didn't have the necessary ingredients.
This got me thinking: what if more people only ate locally produced food? Not having a garden fresh salad at this time of year (this being central Canada in December) would be expected. Rather than a garden fresh salad, restaurants would most likely have preserved foods on the menu, unless hot-house vegetables were available.
Remember the days when a mandarin orange was a very special Christmas treat? They were only shipped in that one time of the year, rather than all year long, like they are today.
I wondered if this woman in front of us was a person who supported government regulations on producers, like diary farmers, to help curb carbon emissions. Then I wondered if she would also sacrifice the year round availability of garden vegetables for the good of the planet? I wonder how many other people would be willing to give up the year round availability of fresh produce, imported from warmer climates, at the grocery store for the "good of the planet"?
We (Janice and I) are not perfect people. But, we are quite content to reduce our dependency on produce from markets outside of our area. During the summer, we enjoy fresh produce from our own garden, as well as what we find at the local farmer's market. We're also quite content to a winter of potatoes from the root celar and what vegetables we were able to dehydrate during the summer and autumn months. And if we can't get a garden salad at a restaurant until next spring, then so be it. A small price to pay, I say, to keep the government out of the pockets of small food producers (if that were the case).
(Reposted from my ipernity blog)