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Climate Change: Agriculture Mess, War And Hunger

by: Moon Apple
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Though I was born on a farm, I was raised in small-town Iowa. Thus, I was never a farmer, though my grandfathers were. Several of my aunts, uncles, and cousins formed farming families. I remember seeing, due to mechanization, the size of farms that one family could handle pass in size from a quarter-section, to a half-section, often to a full section (640 acres)—climate change: agriculture mess, war, and hunger.

Agriculture: The US

The average size farm in the United States today is 416 acres, and 88 percent are family-owned. A small farm is about 250 acres, about 1400 acres, and a huge one over 2,000 acres. The size will undoubtedly depend on the soil's quality, weather, grown or raised, wheat, corn, soybeans, vegetables, fruit, or cattle.

Family Iowa sitting on veranda house
Climate Change And War Are Causing Hunger

Almost all of the houses, barns, and buildings on the farms that I knew have long since been torn down, and the homestead plot turned back into farmland; or, when they were close enough to a town or city, they were subdivided into residences, businesses, or government buildings. Most of the fences are gone, as are the livestock and chickens in the barnyards. Hogs, poultry, and cattle are now often raised in highly concentrated areas.

I bring this issue up because of a headline in L’Osservatore Romano’s English edition that said: 'War and Climate Change Are Causes of Hunger.' These words were contained in an address that Pope Francis gave in Rome to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Presumably, these two were not thought to be the only causes of hunger, but their emphasis seemed curious. Somehow, I had always associated hunger issues with farming.

But if war is the cause of hunger, as it indeed is at times, then the problem is not really productivity or agricultural pest. If climate change is the problem, enthusiasm is not really an economic or know-how problem unless one doggedly thinks climate change to be exclusively a human and not a natural/cosmic phenomenon. In fact, many think that some warming of the Earth would be favorable to increased growing seasons in many areas on the planet. It would thus make more, not less, food available.
Kenyan woman animal carcasses
Kenia, food crisis 2017

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Climate change has deftly been substituted for the notorious 'earth-warming' theory, the facts of which proved so difficult to sustain on the grounds of evidence about whether warming was or was not actually happening. Thus, whether the temperature goes up or down is “climate change,”; so we can have an ecological crisis with the weather going either direction. In grammar school in Iowa in my day, much attention was given to the Ice Age, which had once covered the state and, in fact, was one of the reasons for the richness of its black soil. We left grammar school more concerned about freezing to death than of roasting in some future Iowa desert.

In any case, C-Fact reported that some African NGOs want to exclude the United States from membership in the UN climate bureaucracy. Other conferences on this climate are currently taking place in Dusseldorf and Bonn in Germany. If we look at the charts, the Earth has been getting warmer or cooler by itself as long as it has existed and long before man arrived on it. Thus far, no one has proposed moving the Sun slightly so that we might cool off or perhaps freeze. Most of the controversy about “climate change” has to do with agriculture and politics, wherein some human agents. Usually, progress, population, or free markets, can be blamed. As a cure, more power can politically be given to governments to control it.
Waiting for water line
Contemporary concern about climate change, up or down, then justifies governments in taking more and more control over what we supposedly must do to prevent starvation or exhaustion of resources now and down the ages. It is at this point that ecology becomes quasi-theological. We suddenly find ourselves involved in the grim but presumably noble enterprise of saving people centuries down the ages. This “mission” becomes the main task uniting a planetary people.

The notion of a universal right to nourishment, however appealing, at first sight, is no doubt a more significant justification for granting ever greater government control of a population than any other in modern times, including Marxism. In the name of the common good, Ecological tyranny has come to be the real name of modernity. If everyone has the “right” to food, who obviously has the duty to provide it? From this thinking comes the question of how many of us there ought to be, what we can and cannot eat, grow, or foster.

In the United States today, we have about 2.2 million farmers. Less than one percent of the population is responsible for providing food for over three hundred million Americans, plus the vast numbers in other lands that benefit from these farms' production. It almost seems miraculous. Counter-intuitively, one might even maintain that the sure sign of actual hunger is found when a country or an area still has most people farming. All the back to the land movements are admirable, but they will never produce what is needed for existing populations to flourish. But that does not mean that the Earth cannot provide for large and healthy people.

With things like urban farming, advances in grain biology, and even the food delivery systems, the whole picture of what we mean by farming and agriculture is changing. When we think of farming, we think of land, labor, and distribution, no doubt basic things. But at the heart of economics is really the human brain, the real key to wealth in the universe. What is so often left out of our calculations about hunger is that we do not know what entrepreneurship can deal with need if allowed to function. The causes of much agricultural innovation were unknown a few decades ago.

The cure to hunger is not the aborting of children because they consume too much. This approach reduces the number of mouths to feed by reducing the number of brains available to better deal with our problems. Population decline and an aging citizenry are not a formula for solving any predicted hunger problem.
Man in dry rice field

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Besides the importance of the mind, what is also left out of calculations are the spiritual factors, the notions of the gift, sacrifice, and generosity. We see the value of such factors most clearly in natural disasters, which bring out initiatives from unexpected places and persons to meet them. They can. Also, it must be added, bring out the worst: looting, hoarding, and selfishness.

One famous or infamous way to prevent starvation is to prevent more and more people from being born. Advocates of reducing the world population to a mandatory two or three billion people abound. Some of these advocates (Paul Ehrlich) have actually been seen as lecturers at the Vatican in recent years. The alliance of population control and ecology/environmentalism is not accidental. The purpose of man’s existence on this Earth is not just to keep himself and his kind going in some comfort as long as possible. But this has become the new eschatology where heaven becomes something to be achieved by man in this world. This view provides a substitute for the Christian notion of a man's transcendent end outside of time. It represents a peak of that humanist thinking that replaces essential elements of our Christian heritage.

Recommended: Climate Change: Five Minutes To Midnight

The world no doubt produces enough food for everyone and in some abundance. One of the most remarkable phenomena in recent decades is, in fact, the steady economic growth in almost every area of the world where factors that cause development are allowed to operate. Though often at the cost of massive abortions, the most significant reduction in hunger in human history has already taken place in South Asia. What remains to be accomplished has little to do with war or climate change. Conflicts of some sort will always be with us. The climate is changing up or down all the time, whether we like it or not. Hunger is mainly a political and cultural phenomenon.

What is needed is a willingness to let what we know and develop food production and distribution into practice in most need areas. Not infrequently, the reason that successful methods to reduce and eliminate hunger will not be employed arises more from religious and philosophic objections than from any inability to use farming techniques that work. But there is also the even greater danger that, on the principles of a “right” to food, the exercise of this “right” will prove to be the moral justification for complete political control of family, land, production, and the definitions of human needs.

Source Paul Ehrlich

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Climate Change: Agriculture Mess, War And Hunger

Though I was born on a farm, I was raised in small-town Iowa. Thus, I was never a farmer, though my grandfathers were. Several of my aunts, uncles, and cousins formed farming families. I remember seeing, due to mechanization, the size of farms that one family could handle pass in size from a quarter-section, to a half-section, often to a full section (640 acres)—climate   change: agriculture mess, war, and hunger. Agriculture: The US The average size farm in the United States today is 416 acres, and 88 percent are family-owned. A small farm is about 250 acres, about 1400 acres, and a huge one over 2,000 acres. The size will undoubtedly depend on the soil's quality, weather, grown or raised, wheat, corn, soybeans, vegetables, fruit, or cattle. Climate Change And War Are Causing Hunger Almost all of the houses, barns, and buildings on the farms that I knew have long since been torn down, and the homestead plot turned back into farmland; or, when they were close enough to a town or city, they were subdivided into residences, businesses, or government buildings. Most of the fences are gone, as are the livestock and chickens in the barnyards. Hogs, poultry, and cattle are now often raised in highly concentrated areas. I bring this issue up because of a headline in L’Osservatore Romano’s English edition that said: 'War and Climate Change Are Causes of Hunger.' These words were contained in an address that Pope Francis gave in Rome to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Presumably, these two were not thought to be the only causes of hunger, but their emphasis seemed curious. Somehow, I had always associated hunger issues with farming. But if war is the cause of hunger, as it indeed is at times, then the problem is not really productivity or agricultural pest. If climate change is the problem, enthusiasm is not really an economic or know-how problem unless one doggedly thinks climate change to be exclusively a human and not a natural/cosmic phenomenon. In fact, many think that some warming of the Earth would be favorable to increased growing seasons in many areas on the planet. It would thus make more, not less, food available. Kenia, food crisis 2017 Recommended:  Climate Change Could Lead To A World On The Move Climate change has deftly been substituted for the notorious 'earth-warming' theory, the facts of which proved so difficult to sustain on the grounds of evidence about whether warming was or was not actually happening. Thus, whether the temperature goes up or down is “climate change,”; so we can have an ecological crisis with the weather going either direction. In grammar school in Iowa in my day, much attention was given to the Ice Age, which had once covered the state and, in fact, was one of the reasons for the richness of its black soil. We left grammar school more concerned about freezing to death than of roasting in some future Iowa desert. In any case, C-Fact reported that some African NGOs want to exclude the United States from membership in the UN climate bureaucracy. Other conferences on this climate are currently taking place in Dusseldorf and Bonn in Germany. If we look at the charts, the Earth has been getting warmer or cooler by itself as long as it has existed and long before man arrived on it. Thus far, no one has proposed moving the Sun slightly so that we might cool off or perhaps freeze. Most of the controversy about “climate change” has to do with agriculture and politics, wherein some human agents. Usually, progress, population, or free markets, can be blamed. As a cure, more power can politically be given to governments to control it. Contemporary concern about climate change, up or down, then justifies governments in taking more and more control over what we supposedly must do to prevent starvation or exhaustion of resources now and down the ages. It is at this point that ecology becomes quasi-theological. We suddenly find ourselves involved in the grim but presumably noble enterprise of saving people centuries down the ages. This “mission” becomes the main task uniting a planetary people. The notion of a universal right to nourishment, however appealing, at first sight, is no doubt a more significant justification for granting ever greater government control of a population than any other in modern times, including Marxism. In the name of the common good, Ecological tyranny has come to be the real name of modernity. If everyone has the “right” to food, who obviously has the duty to provide it? From this thinking comes the question of how many of us there ought to be, what we can and cannot eat, grow, or foster. In the United States today, we have about 2.2 million farmers. Less than one percent of the population is responsible for providing food for over three hundred million Americans, plus the vast numbers in other lands that benefit from these farms' production. It almost seems miraculous. Counter-intuitively, one might even maintain that the sure sign of actual hunger is found when a country or an area still has most people farming. All the back to the land movements are admirable, but they will never produce what is needed for existing populations to flourish. But that does not mean that the Earth cannot provide for large and healthy people. With things like urban farming, advances in grain biology, and even the food delivery systems, the whole picture of what we mean by farming and agriculture is changing. When we think of farming, we think of land, labor, and distribution, no doubt basic things. But at the heart of economics is really the human brain, the real key to wealth in the universe. What is so often left out of our calculations about hunger is that we do not know what entrepreneurship can deal with need if allowed to function. The causes of much agricultural innovation were unknown a few decades ago. The cure to hunger is not the aborting of children because they consume too much. This approach reduces the number of mouths to feed by reducing the number of brains available to better deal with our problems. Population decline and an aging citizenry are not a formula for solving any predicted hunger problem. Recommended:  Climate Change, The Environment, Having Children: Mad Max Besides the importance of the mind, what is also left out of calculations are the spiritual factors, the notions of the gift, sacrifice, and generosity. We see the value of such factors most clearly in natural disasters, which bring out initiatives from unexpected places and persons to meet them. They can. Also, it must be added, bring out the worst: looting, hoarding, and selfishness. One famous or infamous way to prevent starvation is to prevent more and more people from being born. Advocates of reducing the world population to a mandatory two or three billion people abound. Some of these advocates (Paul Ehrlich) have actually been seen as lecturers at the Vatican in recent years. The alliance of population control and ecology/environmentalism is not accidental. The purpose of man’s existence on this Earth is not just to keep himself and his kind going in some comfort as long as possible. But this has become the new eschatology where heaven becomes something to be achieved by man in this world. This view provides a substitute for the Christian notion of a man's transcendent end outside of time. It represents a peak of that humanist thinking that replaces essential elements of our Christian heritage. Recommended:  Climate Change: Five Minutes To Midnight The world no doubt produces enough food for everyone and in some abundance. One of the most remarkable phenomena in recent decades is, in fact, the steady economic growth in almost every area of the world where factors that cause development are allowed to operate. Though often at the cost of massive abortions, the most significant reduction in hunger in human history has already taken place in South Asia. What remains to be accomplished has little to do with war or climate change. Conflicts of some sort will always be with us. The climate is changing up or down all the time, whether we like it or not. Hunger is mainly a political and cultural phenomenon. What is needed is a willingness to let what we know and develop food production and distribution into practice in most need areas. Not infrequently, the reason that successful methods to reduce and eliminate hunger will not be employed arises more from religious and philosophic objections than from any inability to use farming techniques that work. But there is also the even greater danger that, on the principles of a “right” to food, the exercise of this “right” will prove to be the moral justification for complete political control of family, land, production, and the definitions of human needs. Source Paul Ehrlich Before you go! Recommended:  Reduce Your Environmental Impact in 2021: Tips and Tricks Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the world's water supply? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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