BBC Brainwashing – The War on Plastic
So much for the BBC’s claims of impartiality. In the 60-minute program the BBC could not find space for anyone to put the positive case for plastic, particularly plastic packaging.
Instead, we were treated with a tissue of half truths and on at least one occasion with a downright lie (this plastic will be around for hundreds, if not thousands of years).
The phrase ‘Single Use Plastic’ was used 87 times!! (Sad, I know, but I went back and counted). Never once during this diatribe did they mention that the current plastic recycling rate is over 50%, that the packaging they were showing on screen, everything from HDPE milk bottles to LDPE produce and packaging is widely collected and recycled.
The inability to separate the plastic panel from a sandwich pack became the focus of attention with obviously the plastic to blame for the lack of recyclability. No mention was made of the fact that the board content of the pack produces some 20 times more waste than the plastic, nor that its manufacture would create more CO2 emissions and use excessive amounts of water. The problem with the pack was the plastic which they suggested should be compostable, but where this composting was to be done was left to our imaginations.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, in view of the animosity displayed by Hugh Fearnley and the Team, not one supermarket dared to explain why plastic is such a fundamental part of the food supply chain and showing wrapped cucumber and apples with the insinuation that none of this plastic packaging was necessary went unchallenged. No one was prepared to make the case for the increased shelf life, nor the consequent saving in food waste. Even more damaging environmentally was the idea that all the plastic bottles, sprays and pouches found in our kitchens and bathrooms should be replaced by glass, thus generating millions of tons of extra CO2, lorries on roads and extra waste.
This program was the BBC at its worst, its populist anti-plastic agenda feeding the viewer with a distorted view of the subject matter and presenting a grossly distorted view of what is a serious problem, namely; how do we collect, separate and recycle our plastic?
Replacing plastic is only the solution if we are happy to create more global warming, more packaging waste and use more of the Earth’s resources. But will the BBC tell us any of this? My MP has suggested an approach to Ofcom is the best way forward and after last night’s program, the holiday is suspended whilst I contact them.
Any thoughts or comments you may have on any of the points raised would be welcome, meanwhile, why not send a copy of this to your MP and join me on LinkedIn for more regular conversations. https://www.linkedin.com/in/barry-twigg-3a440b53/