Qanon queen Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has issued a dire warning that Americans may soon be forced to eat meat “grown in a ‘peach tree’ dish’ made by Bill Gates.
Maybe she just fell asleep while streaming “Soylent Green” after eating too much peach pie at her Memorial Day picnic, but nonetheless, fresh off winning her congressional primary race, Ms. Greene felt it was perfectly OK to espouse yet another strange conspiracy theory!
Regardless of if it was a gaffe or an intentional way to preserve “her brand,” the 48-year-old congresswoman from Georgia caused widespread amusement with her remark.
“The government totally wants to provide surveillance on every part of your life,” Greene said. “They want to know when you’re eating. They want to know if you’re eating a cheeseburger, which is very bad because Bill Gates wants you to eat his fake meat, which is grown in a peach tree dish.
“So you’ll probably get a little zap inside your body,” she said, adopting a mock spasm of pain, “and that’s saying, ‘No no! Don’t eat a real cheeseburger, you need to eat the fake, the fake burger, the fake meat from Bill Gates.”
Greene’s various far-right “conspiracy theories” have been shot through with assorted malapropisms, most notoriously a reference to “Nancy Pelosi’s Gazpacho Police.” Like her other verbal missteps, this one has drawn a hurricane of ridicule, and the clip in which she refers to a “peach tree dish” has already had more than 2 million views.
As mangled and admittedly laughable Greene’s comments were, there is something more underpinning her “future of meat” argument. In the past, meat has been used to represent the culture war that the GOP feels is being waged against “regular Joe” meat-eating Americans by the woke-Left.
In fact, the idea of a “war on meat” has gained currency on the right in recent years, and in some extremist circles, the ostentatious consumption of red meat has become a signifier of masculinity and unapologetic white American identity.
This issue not long ago surfaced at a congressional hearing on the recruitment of veterans into anti-government extremist groups. One Republican congressman, Jim Banks, used his time to tear into an expert witness, Cynthia Idriss-Miller, who had detailed this point in her research.
Quoting a tweet in which she wrote that “far-right soup kitchens put pork and lentils in their soup to exclude Muslims and Jews,” an infuriated Banks asked: “Dr. Miller-Idriss, I had hamburger last night – do you believe that I am an extremist? Does eating red meat make someone an extremist?”
Dr. Miller-Idriss pointed out that she eats red meat herself, and that the matter was not the focus of the hearing.
Furthermore, while perhaps ill-articulated, there are some grounds for MGT’s comments.
Gates is an investor, either personally or through Breakthrough Energy Ventures, in several companies working to produce alternatives to meat, including Beyond Meats, Carbon Engineering, Impossible Foods, Memphis Meats, and Pivot Bio.
The UN estimates that livestock rearing makes up more than 14 percent of all man-made greenhouse gases, including methane, worldwide – with beef the worst culprit.
“I do think all rich countries should move to 100 percent synthetic beef,” gates said in an interview with MIT’s magazine in February 2021.
“You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time.”