Misanthropy from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Growing world trade makes food production cheaper – at the expense of the environment

Growing world trade makes food production cheaper – at the expense of the environment

11/22/2011 – Further opening of the markets for agricultural products leads to lower production costs for food. This will happen at the expense of the environment though, if for example forests are turned into cropland. The conflict of interests between food production and climate protection is now shown by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in calculations for the years 2005 to 2045. For the first time, the effects of an advancing liberalization of agricultural trade were comprehensively analyzed through computer simulations, focusing both on the economic impacts and on those on land use and nature. This is one of the important issues to be discussed at the UN summit in Durban next week.

agricultural trade for the world´s climate could be drastic – at least if no additional new rules are introduced,” says Schmitz. The main reason for this: with more liberalised world trade, production areas move towards tropical regions, which leads to an expansion of agricultural land at the expense of nature there. (PIK)

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2 responses to “Misanthropy from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

  1. I suppose letting hundreds of millions of humans starve to death is acceptable in lieu of doing any damage to the climate. Let the increase in polar bear population march on; we naturally know they are more important than humans.

  2. The U.S. could supply hundreds of millions more with food than we currently do with little increase of agricultural acreage. Of course that would mean that growing corn for production of ethanol would have to cease but no one would miss it. What the eco-nazis fail to look at is the declining birth rates in nations with little or no food worries vs. those facing famine. While the animal kingdom tends to stop producing young in times of lean food availabiltiy all research show that nations mired in poverty and starvation have higher birth rates.

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