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Green Party To Ban Freezers

Melted Ice Cream I try to keep politics off this blog, but this story deserves attention:

The Green Party announced today that they are considering bringing a motion to the Dail that would ban freezers in Ireland. The ban is set to reduce carbon emissions, but Irish industry is less than impressed, stressing the likelihood of job losses. According to Green Party spokeswoman Deirdre De Gruen, however, the ban on freezers that could come into effect as early as January 2010 would play a major part in reducing Irish carbon levels to new stringent EU targets.

“We were elected to address climate change and get on with the business of government,” she said. “This bill will have a major impact on the environmental health of Ireland.”

According to activists, eating fresh foods instead of frozen foods would save up to 30 million tons of carbon through savings in electricity and diesel on freezer vans. A total ban on freezers would also result in a significant reduction of waste, as freezers cannot be recycled. In addition, it would have positive health implications, pushing consumers toward fresh produce. Even noted organics champion Prince Charles has weighed in on the issue.

“Food should come fresh from a farmers market or an organic farm,” he told a British broadsheet recently, “not from a little tin or pot. I would love to see Buckingham Palace freezer-free and Camilla agrees.”

So are refrigerators next, and could we survive without our frozen peas and ice cream? According to Government sources there are no moves yet to put a freeze on fridges, and surviving without a freezer might be easier than you think. Almost half of people surveyed by this paper couldn’t identify the contents of their freezers and 32.5% stated their freezers only contained left-overs that would never be consumed.

Not everyone is convinced, however, especially the fishing and ice cream industries. Small business consultant and representative David Montague claims such a bill would jeopardise as many as 1,000 Irish jobs and could have serious consequences for the economy.

“We will be mounting a campaign to stop this mis-guided motion before it ever reaches the floor of Government buildings,” he said.

So will business win out or will frozen fish, peas and ice cream simply melt away? According to the Green Party, there could be special exemptions for food producers and outlets. Chippers might be allowed frozen fish that comes from EU-designated disadvantaged areas, for example, and ice cream makers could still operate if they use alternative power sources.

“Change is not always comfortable, but it is time to do the right thing,” Ms. De Gruen said.

From the Muster Daily Express.

Note: Now that April Fools is past I will add that this was only meant for the day and there is no truth in this whatsoever (as far as I know!)

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11 Responses to “Green Party To Ban Freezers”

  1. April 1st, 2008 at 11:07 am

    TACE says:

    I never thought of freezers in that light before. I love ice cream but I love the earth more. I have duct taped shut our freezer door on the fridge…I don’t know if it’s enough but it’s a start. A small step in the right direction is better than none at all I say! Husband and I have had a terrific row about whether cement or insulation would be the best thing to fill our freezer with for the long term until I have completed my research on safely disconnecting the freezer components in our fridge, at which time I will use the space to store cook books and jars of spaghetti sauce. Thank-you for keeping me informed, I’m off to be tied down now, as I am going through a wee bit of ice cream withdrawal.

  2. April 1st, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Kieran says:

    Brilliant, Tace! Anyone else and any solicitors reading this – please note: just in case there is any confusion, this is something I wrote late at night for amusement not a real story. Today, after all is April 1st! So don’t leave any slanderous comments…

  3. April 1st, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Deborah says:

    Jesus Kieran you had me going there. I was wondering how I could respond without using choice language! ;-) Very good!

  4. April 1st, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Deb Schiff says:

    You nearly had me until I remembered the date. Good gag, Kieran!

  5. April 1st, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Cian says:

    damn you Mr Murphy , I made it all the way until 8.30pm on Ist April and survived and then you got me!! :-(

  6. April 2nd, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Sarah says:

    The thoughts that were running around my head just there! You’re a scut!

  7. April 2nd, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Cian says:

    On a political note, maybe we should have another look at the caught with icecream of Bertie Ahern, i think he may need some icecream right now after his announcement!

  8. April 2nd, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    B says:

    that’s pretty ridiculous, those crazy greens.

    although it’d be a lot easier for me in my job if the freezers weren’t there though, i’ve been made “iron” the frozen fish bags!

  9. April 4th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Kitchen Goddess says:

    You nearly had me going there :)

  10. April 12th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Di-Ann says:

    Yeah those Freezers are evil!!

  11. April 23rd, 2008 at 9:29 am

    polly peirce says:

    Nice one!

    My initial reaction: “What a load of Tosh!” especially the quote from Prince Charles!

    You should try that one out on a larger scale next year! It’s brilliant…

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