Kerry prefers starving kids
By Trent Loos
At the recent Africa Summit in our nation’s capital, Secretary of State John Kerry stated Africa should not have more farms because of their potential negative effect on climate change. Despite the fact that 8,000 children die in the country each month due to starvation, Kerry would rather continue to perpetuate the global warming hoax than save children. Add to starvation the danger of the ebola outbreak, and you have a recipe for disaster. Ironically, good nutrition, which Kerry appears to be against, would strengthen the immune systems of these people and help fend off the disease.
Yes Mr. Kerry, agriculture does produce greenhouse gases (GHGs) but all living things do, and that is not a bad thing. We must remember the very GHGs many people are afraid are actually nutrients for plants that improve the planet and feed the people.
Kerry went on to say that, “It’s a twisted circle. Always complicated.” This actually displays the ignorance of the cycle of life because it isn’t a twisted circle at all but a continuous one that, when allowed to flourish, provides nourishment for all parts of the circle.
It really is not complicated at all. Earth and its atmosphere contain GHGs that plants and animals utilize and then release components such as CO2. Agriculture’s role is simply to manage and improve upon that process and make efficient use of the system.
Modern science in Africa and Mongolia has demonstrated how animal grazing improves the health of the plants and actually increases their ability to absorb more GHGs. In fact, one of the greatest contributors to GHGs is untouched swamp land.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million people (of the 7.1 billion people in the world), or 1 in 8, suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012.
Children who are poorly nourished suffer up to 160 days of illness each year. Poor nutrition plays a role in at least half of the 10.9 million child deaths each year.
In fact, if you listen to John Kerry speak instead of reading the headlines about what he said, his actual words included, “We must concentrate our efforts on making existing farmlands more productive.”
That is exactly what U.S. farmers and ranchers have been doing for 160 years and will continue to do if the government stays out of our way. The efficiencies and sustainability of producing more with less are driven by the profit in doing the right thing.
U.S. cattlemen today produce 3 times the amount of beef with the same number of animals. The U.S. dairymen produce 3 times as much milk per cow as they did 60 years ago. And the U.S. crop farmers have doubled corn yields in 40 years while now using half the amount of fertilizer per acre.
So while I do agree that improved efficiency and innovation in producing more with less are the key to solving the world hunger problem, Kerry and I are worlds apart in suggesting climate change is at all caused by food production itself.
What we need is to continue increasing our efficiencies within the natural cycle of life so that we can produce enough food to keep the world fed and healthy.
Trent Loos is a sixth generation rancher who travels the country to promote the people in agriculture through his public speaking and radio programs. He writes columns for several publications and his work may be found at www.LoosTales.com.