There’s no such thing as magic. And yet we’re amazed when a magician tricks us to believe he made a coin disappear before our eyes. Always watch the other hand.
With global warming as its flagship, environmentalists would like you to believe they’re completely focused on promoting cap-and-trade, carbon taxation and alternative-energy. But they’re not. In their other hand they hold something they hijacked from farmers: it’s the organic movement.
The philosophy of organic farming is perfectly sound. But when it comes to hamstringing conventional agriculture with useless regulations while providing subsidies to the organic industry, I part ways with the movement I once embraced.
As an urban-led Luddite crusade, the organic industry now acts as the self-funded rearguard of the global-warming movement.
When activists lose traction on global warming, they switch to advancing their flawed version of organic farming, which is 100 percent political and has nothing to do with running an actual farm.
Case in point, under new-age standards for organic production, there’s no testing to ensure organic farms are even genuinely organic. Instead, paperwork is relied upon, allowing foreign brokers from China, Argentina and Mexico to supply the lion’s share of the North-American market for organic food, resulting in a cool $36 billion in revenues in North America last year, with only a tiny fraction accruing to domestic farmers.
Sure, $36 billion might not be a lot in terms of total food sales (it’s about one per cent), but it’s a whopping sum when you realize how much of this money funds the United Nations’ anti-capitalist Agenda 21 revolution: at least a couple billion dollars per annum, all tax free.
The global warming and global organic movements are really two sides of the same coin.
They’re run by the same people who have never worked a day on a farm; people who believe the way forward is to go backwards; people who speak openly about reducing human population levels by half – as a starting point.
Far from being duped by slick tractor salesmen, as these urban environmentalists would have you believe, farmers made the switch from horse-drawn implements to the modern-day tractor because it’s a fraction of the cost to operate. This freed up half of the world’s arable farmland that had been used to grow feed for work horses to instead produce food for human consumption. But the urban leaders of the organic movement don’t care. Diesel is evil, and we should switch back to what urban elite food activist Michael Pollan refers to as a sunshine economy.
Further technological innovation made modern farming even more efficient, resulting in less fuel burned per-acre. Spraying crops for weeds for instance uses about one-10th the fuel that tillage does. Genetically engineered crops in turn allow farmers to use even less fuel by reducing the need to spray. Of course, if a farmer is organic, he’s not allowed to use such technologies, and will burn more fuel. But that’s fine. The CO2 emitted is vital to plants which absorb and convert this odourless, invisible gas back into oxygen for mammals to breath.
And this is why the overwhelming majority of honest organic farmers do not buy into their urban-leadership’s unquestioning support for the UN’s global warming agenda. It will put them and their neighbours out of business.
Keep your eye on the other hand. When it comes to containing the environmental movement, and helping, instead of impeding, the farmers who feed us, the magicians who run the antihumanistic environmental movement must be challenged at every turn.
Mischa Popoff is a former organic farmer and advanced organic farm and process inspector. He’s a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute and is the author of Is it Organic?