The climate war on food

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By Craig Rucker

Then they came for our food supply.

CFACT senior policy analyst Bonner Cohen reports at on “climate czar” John Kerry’s recent pronouncements at a Department of Agriculture summit.

“We can’t get to net-zero,” Kerry said, “we can’t get this job done unless agriculture is front and center as part of the solution. So all of us here understand the depths of this mission.”

“Food systems themselves contribute a significant amount of emissions just in the way we do the things we’ve been doing,” he continued. “With a growing population on the planet – we’ve just crossed the threshold of 8 billion fellow citizens around the world – emissions from the food system alone are expected to cause another half a degree of warming by mid-century.”

Bonner fleshes out what Kerry’s words mean in practice:

“Though the Department of Agriculture has yet to elaborate on what it means by ‘climate smart,’ it most certainly entails the agricultural sector severing ties to fossil fuels, either ‘voluntarily’ or through coercion in the form of regulations. But because of natural gas’s role in making fertilizer, the government-forced transition will be a messy one.”

Bonner also touched on the nightmare unleashed when other nations have tried to apply climate radicalism to agriculture:

“Farmers in places as far apart as Sri Lanka and the Netherlands were ordered by their respective governments to shrink their carbon footprint by reducing their nitrogen emissions. Protests in the Netherlands have been widespread, and in Sri Lanka, the government was overthrown, with the president forced to flee the country.”

For all of human times, until quite recently in fact, hunger and privation were the norm.  Then, during the last hundred years we have seen a revolution in world agriculture that has dramatically reduced, and come close to eradicating world hunger for good.  In many societies, ours included, too many calories have become the challenge.  That is a problem our forebears could scarcely imagine.

There are few things as fundamental as the need for our abundant food supply.

We dare not permit the climate-left to bring back hunger and starvation — or heaven forbid, force us to eat insects or fake meat as our only options to avoid it!


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  • Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.