Russia, now with more Serpent

First, it was that danged forbidden-fruit thing.
Now, it’s tater chips an’ Western food an’ stuff.

Hey, who do they think they are? Michelle?
Wellp, at least there’s still bacon.

The Russian Orthodox Church declared eating unhealthy foods such as potato chips sinful this week. The statement follows a greater effort to encourage Russians not to consume Western foods.

“The Church has laid down a strict rule — sin is that which harms human health,” ….

These foods include anything that contains “various trans fats, alcoholic beverages of poor quality, potato chips, energy [drinks] – everything that negatively affects a person’s health.” He even included genetically modified foods [GMO], claiming they can “severely harm a person” and “their offspring.”

Alcoholic beverages of “poor quality“?
(What? Yeah, sounds like somebody doesn’t wanna give up their nice cellar, dunnit?)

Tensions with the West spanned to the food world when Russia banned Western imports in 2014. Russians can no longer accept food from Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Ukraine*. … The Kremlin had already banned most food from the U.S., EU, Canada, and Australia in 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree over the summer that allowed the government to destroy “foods that have been banned for import in retaliation against Western sanctions against Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis.”

[T]he Kremlin has destroyed 738 tons of food since Putin signed the decree. Russians expressed outrage in August when a television station broadcasted workers destroying the food “in a country with rising poverty and a history of food shortages.” The ban forced food prices to rise 20 percent. Over 500,000 people signed a petition that asks Putin to stop destroying the banned foods. “Why destroy food that could be used to feed veterans, pensioners, the disabled, large families, victims of natural disasters and other people in need?” …. [story]

(What? Uhm, no, dunno if they have a biofuel mandate, too.)
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* See: Stalin’s Ukranian famine, aka Holodomor

15 Comments!

  1. Fawkes News (#HipHopHijrah)
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 8:00 am |

    One would assume Russian vodka is still A-OK. But drink Polish vodka, and you’re going to hell, Ivan.

  2. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 8:06 am |

    ^ ROC, the new revenuers.
    [dons sun glasses]
    Still, nobody expects an inquisition.

  3. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 9:01 am |

    sin is that which harms human health,

    erm…. like pogroms and gulags?

    not to mention the 3-day lines at GUM…

  4. PeggyU
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 9:19 am |

    WHO now says that bacon and all cured meats cause cancer. I say, I’ll eat your bacon!!!

  5. PeggyU
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 9:22 am |

    Forgot the link …. mmmm, sausage links ….

  6. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 10:07 am |

    ^ well, treating bacon & sausage as food stuff is certainly bad for the health of pigs

  7. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 10:19 am |

    Do they have serpents in Russia, or did Saint Peter drive them out of there?

  8. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 10:57 am |

    ^ St Patrick?

    (What? Heck, I dunno which saint is which anymore … except Elmo.)

  9. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 11:10 am |

    ^ St. Patrick purged serpents from Ireland (not counting any ecclesiastical pedophiles, of course); this is Russia, so I figure it would have to be St. Peter since they named a city after him and all that.

  10. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 11:12 am |

    ^ Apparently the purge wasn’t complete though, since St. Petersburg got renamed after one of Russia’s chief serpents, for a while.

  11. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 11:20 am |

    ^ I purged on Lenin’s statue.
    [fills out Saint Application Form]

  12. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 11:29 am |

    St. Doug!

    (But I think three documented miracles are required, or something like that?)

  13. geezerette
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm |

    St Urtho purged the grass hoppers from Finland who were eating the grapes. The Finn celebrate St. Urho day the same day as the Irish celebrate St Patricks day——– We thank St.s for being purgers so we have a chance to celebrate with alcohol. Both countries and most of Europe know full well what famine is. America knows what famine was during the depression. Americans know what it was like when alcohol was illegal. So all those Food Nazis can go to hell. We are going to eat drink and be merry.

  14. neal
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm |

    But I thought communion was just chips and dip.
    I smell BBQ.

  15. rickn8or
    Posted October 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm |

    The Russian Orthodox Church declared eating unhealthy foods such as potato chips sinful this week. The statement follows a greater effort to encourage Russians not to consume Western foods.

    “The Church has laid down a strict rule — sin is that which harms human health,” ….

    These foods include anything that contains “various trans fats, alcoholic beverages of poor quality, potato chips, energy [drinks] – everything that negatively affects a person’s health.” He even included genetically modified foods [GMO], claiming they can “severely harm a person” and “their offspring.”

    That’s it; the church has stopped ministering and started meddling.