Canadian Trudeau proposes cutting fertilizers with a global goal of zero emissions by 2030. All indicators show that food shortages are on the rise, yet politicians are constantly making agriculture more difficult. Trudeau’s plan calls for a 30% reduction in fertilizers and poses a direct threat to the food supply.
Fertilizer Canada believes that this plan will begin to damage agriculture as early as 2023. The agency estimates that Canada could lose more than 160 million metric tons of spring wheat, rapeseed and corn between 2023 and 2030 alone. Alberta Agriculture Minister Nate Horner said the world is looking to Canada to increase food production in the face of scarcity and that the government is doing far more harm than good with the ban. “The world is looking to Canada to increase production and address global food shortages. The federal government must show that it understands this. They owe it to our manufacturers,” he said.
Who else imposed fertilizer bans and how did it happen? Let’s look at Sri Lanka, which is currently in ruins. The disgraced ex-president Gotabaya Rajapaksa vowed to move to “organic farming. In April 2022, the government banned synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and forced two million farmers to switch to organic farming. The plan failed, and the decline was swift. Rice production fell 20% in six months and continued to fall until the country began importing rice for the first time in recent history.
The Rajapaksa administration knew it was in serious trouble by 2021 and was trying to offer farmers rebates for losses incurred. Now more than 86% of Sri Lanka’s population is food insecure. Countries seeking to ban or reduce fertilizer must understand that the result will be less food. Should we let people starve to “save” the environment?