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The dangers of eco-posturing

“The Western elites’ war on modern farming is a menace to humankind ….” Here’s some provocative and pertinent commentary from Spiked-online.com that will likely resonate with sensible food scientists!

Justin Trudeau has joined the mad war on farmers. The king of virtue-signalling is insisting that nitrous oxide emissions be cut by 30 per cent by 2030. It’s all about Canada doing its bit for the planet, he says.

But such a severe reduction in nitrogen-use would be disastrous for the planet. It would mean Canadian farmers being pressured to use less fertiliser, which would mean fewer crops, which would mean less food not only for the people of Canada but for people around the world.

Saving the planet by starving human beings – even by the morally vacuous standards of a flimsy ruler like Trudeau, that is messed up.

We need to talk about how demented the elites’ crusade against modern farming has become. As a result of the global lockdowns and the war in Ukraine, the world is experiencing some pretty serious food shortages.

A report published by the UN last month said that around 180 million people are dealing with ‘food crisis’ in 2022, and an additional 19 million people are expected to face ‘chronic undernourishment’ in 2023.

And what are the elites doing in the face of this crisis of sustenance? Bizarrely, perversely, they’re making it harder for farmers to grow crops, to make food. This is worse than fiddling while Rome burns. It’s flicking matches while Rome burns.

In the Netherlands, the government is planning to slash use of nitrogen compounds by 50 per cent by 2030. This would mean farmers having to use less fertiliser and having to get rid of vast numbers of their livestock. No wonder a mass uprising of farmers and other workers has rocked that nation in recent weeks.

In Ireland the government says emissions caused by farming will need to be cut by between 22 and 30 per cent if Ireland is to ‘achieve [its] climate goals’. Irish farmers predict this would cost the farming industry 4 billion euros and lead to 58,000 job losses a year. Who’ll make the food then?

Most disastrously there’s the case of Sri Lanka, where the government’s harebrained embrace of organic farming, and its restriction on the importing of fertiliser, led to an extraordinary downturn in crop cultivation. The people of Sri Lanka rose up decisively against these deranged and destructive eco-policies.

And now there’s Canada, the latest nation to punish its farmers in the name of ‘saving the planet’. Like many other governments in the West, the Trudeau regime is beholden to the cult of Net Zero. It is demanding a 30 per cent reduction in nitrous oxide emissions, which will mean farmers having to use a lot less fertiliser.

‘Good’, say the people who hold to the infantile notion that fertiliser is a dirty word, one of those wicked manmade things that is doing grave harm to Mother Nature. Yet without abundant fertiliser, Canadian farmers won’t be able to produce the food that people in Canada and around the world need.

It is estimated that a 30 per cent cut in nitrogen emissions will translate into a loss of $400 million for Canada’s wheat farmers and up to $441 million for its canola farmers. Crop productivity would ‘fall below 2020 levels’. What’s more, Canada exports a huge amount of food around the world. And as one concerned observer says, ‘We cannot feed the growing world population with a reduction in fertiliser’.

Let’s be frank about what is happening here. Food production, people’s very ability to sustain themselves, is potentially being sacrificed to the feelgood eco-posturing of Western elites.

The narcissistic glow that Trudeau and others feel as they puff themselves up as carbon-cutting, nitrogen-slashing saviours of the planet apparently takes precedence over the right of Canadian people and people around the world to enjoy access to good, relatively cheap food.

This is how lethal virtue-signalling can be: the political and media elites become so wrapped up in themselves, so concerned with advertising their woke credentials to the world, that they lose sight of the need to keep society functioning. Even the production of food, the most basic source of life, must play second fiddle to their eco-strutting…..

Spiked-online.com: Penned by Brendan O’Neill, spiked’s chief political writer and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Read the full article here

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