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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, over strenuous objections from provincial agriculture ministers, is moving ahead with a program that will severely cripple, if not entirely destroy, his country’s farmers by reducing the amount of available fertilizer. Trudeau’s alleged goal is to reduce nitrous oxide emissions, thus canceling summer … er, reducing global warming.
A July 22nd release by Saskatchewan’s government details local officials’ frustration with Trudeau’s plan.
“We’re really concerned with this arbitrary goal,” Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture David Marit said. “The Trudeau government has apparently moved on from their attack on the oil and gas industry and set their sights on Saskatchewan farmers.”
“This has been the most expensive crop anyone has put in, following a very difficult year on the prairies,” Alberta Minister of Agriculture Nate Horner said. “The world is looking for Canada to increase production and be a solution to global food shortages. The Federal government needs to display that they understand this. They owe it to our producers.”
Unsurprisingly, the subject was off the table in recent meetings among government officials. Although Canadian provinces do not enjoy the autonomy level within Canada that states do within the US, one would like to believe Ottawa would at least hear out the ones with the most first-hand information on such matters… oh, who am I kidding.
Fertilizer emissions reduction was not even a topic on the agenda of the annual meeting of Federal-Provincial-Territorial ministers of agriculture, who just finished 3 days of meetings in Saskatchewan. Provinces pushed the federal government to discuss this important topic, but were disappointed to learn that the target is already set. The commitment to future consultations are only to determine how to meet the target that Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Bibeau have already unilaterally imposed on this industry, not to consult on what is achievable or attainable.
As the press release amplifies, there is a genuine danger even above forcing local farmers to fail and sell their land to the Bill Gateses of this world. Namely, world hunger, although this is no great surprise given how the eco-freakos would cheerfully see everyone except them wiped out–if it meant preserving one more daffodil.
Western Canadian farmers already produce the most sustainable agri-food products in the world, and they’re continually being asked to do more with less. We cannot feed the growing world population with a reduction in fertilizer.
Western Canadian producers base fertilizer inputs on realistic targets based on moisture availability. Producers are conservative in the use of fertilizer inputs and don’t add more than what is needed. They alone simply cannot shoulder the impact of this shortsighted policy.
What’s more, Canadian farmers already practice common sense fertilizer use, unlike the extreme amounts of same pumped out daily from Ottawa.
4R Nutrient Stewardship is a made-in-Canada approach that promotes environmental stewardship through best practices in science-based nutrient management. This innovative partnership is an example of government, industry and farmers working together to achieve better environmental outcomes without reducing much needed food production. Western Canada already accounts for almost all of the acres under 4R management in Canada.
As noted here at RedState, the Sri Lankan revolution and ongoing farmer-led protests in the Netherlands demonstrate both the utter fallacy of believing politically/environmentally correct farming methods work and that sufficient provoking will cause popular uprising. Also, as noted here, the totalitarian crackdown on Canadian trucker protests in February 2022 demonstrates the authentically fascist methods Canada is more than willing to use on its own people in order to preserve Trudeau’s authoritarian rule.
These “leaders,” apparently secret Stalin admirers, would cheerfully watch the world starve to meet their insane, inhuman environmental demands. One wonders if it will take grocery stores filled with naught but empty shelves to make the people realize a Canadian team not winning the Stanley Cup since 1993 is the least of their problems.