The Man Who Defused the 'Population Bomb' – September 16, 2009
"Without high-yield agriculture," Borlaug said, "increases in food output would have been realized through drastic expansion of acres under cultivation, losses of pristine land a hundred times greater than all losses to urban and suburban expansion." Environmentalist criticism was doubly puzzling because in almost every developing nation where high-yield agriculture has been introduced, population growth has slowed as education becomes more important to family success than muscle power.
Somaliland - Sleeping-Walking Into Disaster – July 11, 2008
"And then came the global warming hysteria, an idea that has more to do with Europe’s prosperous middle class politics and media than it has to do with Science but which no politician in the West could be seen to question let alone oppose. It basically makes three claims: that the world is warming up; we are causing it; and it is a bad thing. Each of those claims could be challenged but no one dared to be seen on the `wrong’ side of this `debate’."
Subsidies at Root of Farm-Income Crisis – April 20, 2006
In the last nineteen years, OECD countries transferred a combined $US 4.79 trillion in subsidies to farmers. These payments have distorted incentives to growers and encouraged them to produce more than they otherwise would or produce what they otherwise wouldn’t.
Eco-imperialism Won't Save the Environment – December 29, 2004
Mr. Driessen calls this "eco-imperialism," an effective term that appeals to the disdain for the domination of vulnerable or weak societies by the more powerful. This resonates with rural Canadians, especially those engaged in the fur trade and commercial forestry, some of whom are the chief victims of this sort of arrogance.
Australia's Dairy Reforms – March 10, 2003
An overview of Australia's recent dairy reforms and the country's phase out of marketing boards. A temporary consumer levy on milk is being applied to partially buy out quotas, the most difficult aspect of marketing board reform.
Don't Throw out Biotech Baby with Environmental Bathwater – July 18, 2001
We've been hearing a lot of guff about "Franken-foods", the anti-science crowd's moniker for Genetically Modified Organisms. They claim that foodstuffs improved in the laboratory will turn us all into creatures from the Black Lagoon.