Amongst the generally tedious and nitpicking motions being discussed today is:
This Conference believes in the beneficial health effects of real ale and believes that other ale products with chemical and gas additives can have a detrimental effect on public health. Conference believes that the differences between the two are significant and measurable, but acknowledges that research on this area has so far been minimal. Conference therefore resolves that CAMRA shall work with other interested parties to quantify the differences in health terms between real ale and other ale products.
Would the proposers, West Lancashire Branch, care to offer evidence for the statement "gas additives can have a detrimental effect on public health" or is it just an example of seventies throwback keg-bashing?
In order to do so they would have to demonstrate that CO2 and Nitrogen used to dispense evil keg beer are somehow chemically different to the gases we find in the air we breath.
Somehow I doubt they can.
I also doubt they can find any evidence that "chemical additives" have any detrimental effect on public health for that matter. A detrimental effect on flavour maybe.
I suspect the word "chemical" is simply a weasel word used to provoke fear and disgust in those whose scientific education is lacking.
Let's see if the motion is passed. My money is on a pass. It will be a victory for stupidity.
UPDATE: The motion wasn't passed. I'm glad I was wrong.