From 2023, the European Union will allocate 25 percent of its direct farm payments budget to “green payments” for carbon and organic farmers.
They are doing this as the world experiences historic famines, caused in large part by Ukrainian farmers unable to sow in the shellfire as their wheat is blocked on boats in the Black Sea.
We defeated massive hunger around the world, especially in India, during the true green revolution of the 1940s and 1950s due to fertilizers and pesticides. You buy organic vegetables and pesticide-free fruits at a premium price because we grow less of them on the same land.
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This is not a decision to support climate change or not; it is about chemistry and physics in agricultural science.
If you take the same amount of land and reduce input, don’t expect output to increase.
Wanting the same amount of food without fertilizer, pesticides, or the ability to clear land for it relies more on faith than science.
You may worry that climate change will kill people in the future or starve the world now – when nearly 10 percent are not eating enough and hundreds of millions are starving.
Saying you don’t need fertilizer and pesticides for plants is like saying we should go organic in medicine – no more drugs, anesthetics or X-rays.