The prince’s pronouncements about sustainable food caught the attention of husband and wife documentary film producers Phelim McAleer and Anne McElhinney. Their short film, “Prince Charles - Hypocrite” (available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhpNJAKq7dE) points out the extraordinary contradiction between Prince Charles‘ cause and his lifestyle.
For example, he traveled 16,000-plus miles across South America in a converted luxury airbus with only 14 passengers in order to preach the gospel of sustainable energy. Suffice to say, the airbus was not a hybrid.
His urgings about sustainable farming are equally conflicted.
“Innovations in agriculture with the use of pesticides, refrigeration, farm machinery and genetic modifications mean that more people are being fed more, and even more can be done if development stays on track,” Mrs. McElhinney said. “It is depressing to hear from the super-rich Prince Charles, who believes these lifesaving developments should be curtailed.”
In his Georgetown speech, the prince conveniently left out the fact that certain environmental practices, such as using agricultural products for biofuels, actually have driven up the cost of food for the world’s poorest people.
Meanwhile, according to news reports, a sport utility vehicle that was part of the prince’s motorcade in the District was kept running while he gave his 40-minute talk.
Maybe they were worried about sustaining the air conditioning for the future monarch.
“[The British scholar] Thomas Malthus, writing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, argued that food production would not keep pace with the rising population and therefore we were all doomed to starvation and death. It is hilarious that literally centuries later Prince Charles is preaching the same doom despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary,” Mrs. McElhinney said.