Sri Lanka is the case study. Cruel and pointless green agricultural policy has caused a crisis of hunger, shortages, rising prices, a crippled economy, and violence. The country’s president and its prime minister were chased from the country, and have been replaced. It should be a lesson to the rest of the world. Instead, it’s more likely a preview of the future.
What happened in Sri Lanka – “the systematic destruction of Sri Lankan agriculture by a regime so focused on appearing environmentally conscious that it blinded itself to the humanitarian disaster it was creating” – is also taking place in the Netherlands, one of the world’s top producers of farm products. There, policymakers have placed limits on agricultural waste emissions, which the eco-zealots are now at war with. The “tractor-riding rebels” understandably rose “up against their government.” What else should be expected when the rules could force as many as 30% of producers out of business?
Farmers in Spain, Ireland, and New Zealand are also rising up. It’s more than enough for any open-minded lawmaker anywhere on Earth to look at these events and rethink the policies that have caused such turmoil. But not Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Boy Prime Minister, who like the rest of the immature left is fixated on making points with the “right” people, as if he never left high school. Despite the clear warning signs, he’s moving “ahead on fertilizer reduction as provinces and farmers cry foul,” the Toronto Sun has reported. There are factions that must be impressed.
Gary Baise, an Illinois farmer and trial lawyer, recently wondered in Farm Futures if the U.S. will be the next country to adopt hunger and higher food prices as public policy.
“Let’s hope,” said Baise, that “our leaders” at the Agriculture Department, Environmental Protection Agency and the White House “understand that if you take away the tools that modern agriculture has developed, we all starve.”
Of course the socialist-progresssive political complex doesn’t care. Its members, as Power Line’s John Hinderaker has noted, are “essentially sadists” who “love to boss the rest of us around and make us miserable.”
Is the left so sadistic that it would knowingly starve people across the world to further its agenda? The question is far more realistic than conspiratorial. There is a theory that the world’s elites are afraid that fossil fuel resources are running low and are pressing a green power regime that forces the middle class and the poor to consume less energy so that they will have plenty of energy for themselves. Does the war on agriculture have the similar objective, to make sure the elites have plenty to eat by putting the masses on an involuntary diet, even if it means famine for many?
It seems far-fetched to us until we recall that the left – which animates the world’s elites – is filled with zealots who want to reduce the global population to preserve resources, and continues to pursue a green agenda fully aware of the harm it has on those who live beneath its privileged Olympian perch.
After all, what are a few hundred million or more broken eggs on the way to a progressive omelet? Apparently they are nothing more than a pesky statistic.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board