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    THE COMING WAR ON AGRICULTURE

    THE COMING WAR ON AGRICULTURE

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archiv...griculture.php

    You probably know about what has happened in Sri Lanka, where the government’s attempt to impose organic farming led to food shortages, impoverishment, and a revolt that caused that country’s prime minister to flee. Also the Netherlands, where the government’s attempt to drastically reduce fertilizer use has led to massive protests by farmers that continue to this day.

    At Hot Air, Jazz Shaw notes that farmers in other countries are up in arms as well:

    There are already protests by farmers taking place in a number of countries besides the Netherlands, though the farmers there are currently drawing the most headlines. Similar uprisings are happening in Spain, Ireland, and New Zealand. There are food shortages gripping a number of countries around the world, but our elite climate warriors are pushing to reduce food production rather than expanding it.

    Next up is Canada:

    Undaunted by the uproar in the Netherlands over the impact on farmers of rules limiting nitrogen emissions, Canada’s government is now looking to go down a similar route.

    The Financial Post:

    The government is proposing to cut emissions from fertilizer 30 per cent by 2030 as part of a plan to get to net zero in the next three decades. But growers are saying that to achieve that, they may have to shrink grain output significantly at a time when the world is scrambling for more supplies.

    Also at stake is the estimated $10.4 billion that farmers could lose this decade from the reduced output.
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    Cattle and fertilizer are key sources of nitrogen emissions.

    Global warming religion is international, and the same anti-farming movement is coming soon to the U.S., the world’s number one agricultural economy. The first target will be nitrogen-based fertilizers, which are a principal foundation of the world’s ag productivity. Without fertilizers, the world will go hungry.

    That leads to target number two: animals, especially cows. By far the largest crop in the U.S. is corn, and that corn is fed to cows and pigs to produce steaks, ground beef, bacon, pork chops, and so on. Liberals will argue that this is “inefficient.” People should live on vegetables and insects, and animal husbandry should be phased out. The fact that cattle also emit methane, primarily by chewing cud, makes their decline an added bonus from a global warming perspective.

    Will the Left’s war on agriculture succeed? I don’t know. The Sri Lankan government pushed it until mobs invaded the prime minister’s residence. The government of the Netherlands isn’t giving an inch, despite massive and prolonged civil disobedience by farmers. Justin Trudeau apparently likes what he sees in those countries. And consider the Left’s war on energy: I never would have imagined that it could get as far as it has.

    I think many liberals are essentially sadists. They love to boss the rest of us around and make us miserable. If you didn’t know better, you might think they spend their days dreaming up ways to humiliate their fellow citizens. “Here’s an idea–let’s screw up the grid to produce blackouts, so that people turn on the lights and nothing happens!” “They’ll never stand for that.” “We’ll make them stand for that, and like it, too!” “Here’s another idea: let’s tell people they can no longer eat hamburgers and bacon, they have to eat crickets and vegetables!” “What? No one is crazy enough to go along with that.” “Sure they will–all we have to do is tell them it’s necessary to save the planet.”

    Making food scarce and expensive, so that much of the population is threatened with starvation, has another benefit for liberals. They can respond by writing people checks representing food subsidies. Thus they turn millions of formerly self-sufficient Americans into government-reliant serfs. It’s a win-win, if you are a liberal.

    All of this is coming to the U.S. soon. We have seen the opening shots fired, as environmental groups have tried to block the expansion of dairy herds on the ground that cows cause global warming. We have seen the price of meat skyrocket, so that many Americans have had to change their eating habits. Already, if you look at ingredient lists on food products, you may see ground-up crickets. And the effort to delegitimize eating meat, especially beef, like the effort to delegitimize air travel, is under way.

    I will hazard one more guess: when the Left looked for another state to follow California’s lead on automobile emissions, where did they go? Minnesota. When the Left wanted to spread California’s “ethnic studies” curriculum into the Midwest, where did they go? Minnesota. When the Left launches its full-scale war on American agriculture, where will that war begin? It won’t be Iowa. It will be Minnesota. And Minnesota currently has a governor and an administration that would be willing to lead the anti-food charge.

    A final comment: global warming is a great boon to the Left because every human activity emits carbon dioxide. In fact, human beings emit carbon dioxide simply by living. So if you believe that carbon dioxide is the worst possible threat to the world, it justifies absolutely any government action that leftists might want to take.

    So conservatives, and conservative politicians, need to stop conceding the premises of global warming to the Left. “Climate change”–that is, the theory of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming–has been decisively refuted as a matter of science. But it lives on as a religion for those seeking meaning in their lives, and as a cynical political tool of the Left. Conservatives need to stop conceding moral high ground to environmental Leftists, and instead attack them head-on.
    "Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire



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    [E]very human activity emits carbon dioxide. In fact, human beings emit carbon dioxide simply by living. So if you believe that carbon dioxide is the worst possible threat to the world, it justifies absolutely any government action that leftists might want to take.
    "You are the carbon they want to reduce."

    [O]ur elite climate warriors are pushing to reduce food production rather than expanding it.
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    • "When law and morality are in contradiction to each other, the citizen finds himself in the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense, or of losing his respect for the law."
      -- The Law (p. 54)
    • "Government is that great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."
      -- Government (p. 99)
    • "[W]ar is always begun in the interest of the few, and at the expense of the many."
      -- Economic Sophisms - Second Series (p. 312)
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      -- Harmonies of Political Economy - Book One (p. 447)

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    Yes because the war on other things like drugs and terrorism have worked out so well in the end.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    And?
    Dems cheat.
    Trump stopped them cheating.

    A clear case of Liberty preserving authoritarianism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    And?
    Dems cheat.
    Trump stopped them cheating.

    A clear case of Liberty preserving authoritarianism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    And?
    Dems cheat.
    Trump stopped them cheating.

    A clear case of Liberty preserving authoritarianism.

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    NATO has lifted sanctions on Russian fertilizer after realizing they can't get it from anyone else...lol....at the same time, Russian ships loaded with fertilizer are still sitting anchored because the ports won't allow them to unload. Who controls EU's ports? The U.S. and China of course. Greece which has one of the largest ports as far as capacity has just made a deal with the U.S. to also militarize one of their smaller ports which gives the U.S. better access to neocon targets. No doubt part of that deal is to prevent badly needed fertilizers from reaching their destinations.

    https://www.defense.gov/News/News-St...efense-minist/
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    This is all part of the World Economic Forum's Great Reset.
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    Open Borders: A Libertarian Reappraisal or why only dumbasses and cultural marxists are for it.

    Cultural Marxism: The Corruption of America

    The Property Basis of Rights

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    Quote Originally Posted by LibertyEagle View Post
    This is all part of the World Economic Forum's Great Reset.
    Yes it is...all done by design.
    “The spirits of darkness are now among us. We have to be on guard so that we may realize what is happening when we encounter them and gain a real idea of where they are to be found. The most dangerous thing you can do in the immediate future will be to give yourself up unconsciously to the influences which are definitely present.” ~ Rudolf Steiner

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    Smoke seen in Paris after fire breaks out at world's biggest produce market

    https://www.fox5dc.com/news/smoke-se...produce-market
    "For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy ... Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed." - J.F.K.

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    I don’t like leftists, certainly not the “voters”.

    I guess my question is, since leftists, rightists, you know, the average “voter”, doesn’t typically have the money to lobby government [or cares, or knows how], what multi-national corporation and/or philanthropist is making deals with the governments?

    Anybody happen to Follow the Money on this?
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

    An Agorist Primer

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    Commodity Credit Corporation

    This week Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that within the spending authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation, the agency had enough funds to not only pay for the normal farm bill programs which are normally paid out of the CCC, but also use CCC funds to increase USDA’s commitment to climate-smart agriculture, nearly tripling the previously announced investment of $1 billion to $3.5 billion for new pilot projects.

    https://www.farmprogress.com/comment...as-credit-card

    Tom Vilsack

    Thomas James Vilsack; born December 13, 1950) is an American politician serving as the 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture in the Biden Administration. He previously served in the role from 2009 to 2017 during the Obama Administration. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 40th governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007.

    On November 30, 2006, he formally launched his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2008 election, but ended his bid on February 23, 2007. Then-President-elect Barack Obama announced Vilsack's selection to be Secretary of Agriculture on December 17, 2008. His nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate by unanimous consent on January 20, 2009. Until his January 13, 2017 resignation one week prior to the end of Obama's second term as president, he had been the only member of the U.S. Cabinet who had served since the day Obama originally took office. As of the end of that term he was the fourth-longest-serving holder of the office.

    On July 19, 2016, The Washington Post reported that Vilsack was on Hillary Clinton's two-person shortlist to be her running mate for that year's presidential election. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia was ultimately selected. On December 10, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate Vilsack to once again serve as Secretary of Agriculture in the incoming Biden Administration. Vilsack was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 23, 2021 by a vote of 92–7.

    Reaction to Vilsack's nomination from agricultural groups was largely positive and included endorsements from the Corn Refiners Association, the National Grain and Feed Association, the National Farmers Union, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Vilsack was the founder and former chair of the Governor's Biotechnology Partnership, and was named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, an industry lobbying group.

    In March 2012, Vilsack joined three midwest governors in a campaign to defend the use of a processed beef product made from trimmings left after beef carcasses are butchered, dubbed "pink slime" by its critics. He said "it's safe, it contains less fat and historically it's been less expensive" and that it should be available to consumers and school districts that want to buy it.

    In February 2017, Vilsack became President and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council.

    In December 2020, Biden announced he would nominate Vilsack to again serve as the Secretary of Agriculture. The move was met by some with criticism from black farmers and progressives, because of Vilsack's perceived relationship with status quo and corporate agriculture. He appeared before the Senate Agriculture Committee on February 2, 2021, and was unanimously approved. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on February 23, 2021, by a 92–7 vote. He was sworn into office by Vice President Kamala Harris on February 24, 2021.

    During his tenure, Vilsack announced that the USDA would leverage $100 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to expand America's meat processing capacity.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Vilsack

    U.S. Dairy Export Council

    USDEC is funded primarily by the dairy promotion check-off program. It also receives export activity support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Membership dues fund the trade policy and lobbying activities of the Council.

    https://www.dairyglobalnutrition.org...export-council

    Biotechnology Innovation Organization

    The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is the largest advocacy association in the world representing the biotechnology industry. It was founded in 1993 as the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and changed its name to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization on January 4, 2016. Biotechnology Innovation Organization serves more than 1,100 biotechnology firms, research schools, state biotechnology centers and related associations in the United States and in more than 30 other countries.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biot...n_Organization

    Group Led by Bill Gates and Funded by Soros and Bezos Dramatically Increased Lobbying Ahead of Senate Climate Deal: Report

    An energy organization founded by Bill Gates and backed by billionaires such as George Soros and Jeff Bezos increased its lobbying efforts ahead of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin’s climate legislation announcement last week.

    Breakthrough Energy LLC, closely associated with Bill Gates’ corporate umbrella company, funded $1.43 million into lobbying since May 2021, as revealed in the organization’s filings to the Senate Secretary, Fox News reported.

    Breakthrough Energy’s second quarter in 2022 saw the company support its influence campaign of U.S. politicians with $390,000, which was $100,000 more than any previous quarter since the lobbying activity began last year.

    https://www.westernjournal.com/group...e-deal-report/

    Breakthrough Energy

    At Breakthrough Energy, we're helping the world get to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions while making sure everyone has access to the clean, affordable, and reliable energy they need to thrive.

    https://www.breakthroughenergy.org/

    And just for sh|ts and grins:

    - Jan 20, 2021 Trump Revokes Lobbying Ban He Signed At The Beginning Of His Presidency

    President Donald Trump, in one of his last acts as president, revoked his own executive order requiring federal government appointees to sign a pledge to not lobby the agencies in which they worked for five years after leaving the administration.

    http://forbes.com/sites/andrewsolend...is-presidency/
    Last edited by PAF; 09-26-2022 at 05:20 PM.
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

    An Agorist Primer

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    h/t @CaptUSA

    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

    An Agorist Primer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    And?
    Dems cheat.
    Trump stopped them cheating.

    A clear case of Liberty preserving authoritarianism.

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    https://twitter.com/stillgray/status...26625540988928

    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    And?
    Dems cheat.
    Trump stopped them cheating.

    A clear case of Liberty preserving authoritarianism.



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