Africa must starve because the EU only wants to cultivate farm wake

Last week’s EU summit, which welcomed Ukraine as a candidate for membership, also discussed the African food crisis. The European Commission is once again spreading hundreds of millions in aid, but is also showing a bit of hypocrisy: Because it believes that European agriculture must become more African – less fertilizer and fewer pesticides – Africa will no longer receive support to become more European.

Gradually, everyone knows that Ukraine was a major grain exporter until the Russian invasion. Now that the ports on the Black Sea have been closed, that grain can no longer be shipped, which means that some African countries in particular have a major problem.

Putin caused nitrogen deficiency

Less well known is that the Russian invasion also created a nitrogen crisis. But then a real one: Africa has a big one lack to nitrogen. An important reason why African agriculture produces much less food per capita. hectares of soil than the EU or the US, is the lack of nutrients such as nitrogen (nitrate) in the soil.

The best way to compensate for this deficiency is to use fertilizer. In addition to grain, therefore, Africa imported fertilizer from Russia, which Putin has now banned. The already insufficient food production in Africa is now in danger of falling further.

The example of Sri Lanka shows how fast it can go. There, the president suddenly banned the import of fertilizers and pesticides more than a year ago, after which many crops failed and the country fell into a catastrophic economic crisis.

Planning to boost the construction of fertilizer factories in Africa

The European Commission is demonstrating loud and clear that it is feeling the hunger pangs of these African countries, and is once again throwing hundreds of millions of euros into extra development aid. Since one cannot eat money, it would make sense to spend that aid on structurally increasing food production in Africa, and one of the most effective means of doing this is fertilizer.

It was therefore in the arms of the European bureaucracy to encourage the construction of fertilizer factories in Africa. The EU can help with the initial investment, is the idea, after which Africa becomes permanently less dependent on the expensive imports of fertilizers and produces more food for its own population.

But the European Commission does not want that

However, this plan came from the team around Charles Michel, President of the Council of Europe. The draft text referred to “support for the production capacity of fertilizers and alternatives in developing countries”. According to Reuters, the European Commission supported this and said that ‘support for fertilizer production in developing countries is incompatible with EU energy and environmental policy’.

Therefore, following the summit on 23 June, the European Commission presented statements on fertilizers (fertilizer) is said to reduce use in developing countries and increase support for sustainable fertilizer, by which, we may suppose, is simply meant manure. They also had a reassuring statement for the home front: ‘No food shortages are expected in the EU, thanks to stable production guaranteed by the common European agricultural policy.’

European agriculture must become more African

This is really hypocrisy for foodies. The stable and high production in European agriculture is primarily due to the efficient use of fertilizers and pesticides. Farm to tableThe European Commission’s strategic plan for European agriculture, in fact, outlines a utopia where the use of fertilizers and pesticides by 2030 will be halved and a quarter of agricultural land converted to “organic” agriculture, where this trend continues after 2030 But a decline in European food production, which can ultimately account for about 25 percent, is simply recorded as indirect damages.

In short, want Farm to table make European agriculture more African, which is why African agriculture should not now be helped to become more European.

It is about the same hypocrisy that will ban developing countries from building new coal and gas-fired power plants – because it is bad for the climate – while Europe still runs about ninety percent on fossil fuels and owes it to its prosperity.

If you produce less with organic farming, do you not raise prices?

In the Netherlands, the official nitrogen occupation fits in well with the target of Farm to table in the direction of more ‘organic’ agriculture, which would result in no or very little nitrogen deposition on Natura 2000 sites – which, incidentally, must be seen in practice. And it indirect damages of less food production?

According to Tjeerd de Groot from D66 and other politicians who want to cut down on Dutch agriculture with one or two heads, it is no problem at all: if you produce fewer kilos of potatoes, vegetables and meat, then you just take a higher kilo price. ? Then you earn as much as a Dutch farmer, or even more!

It’s like trying to improve the income of Uber taxi drivers by forcing them all to ride horses and carriages. Much better for the climate, after all. Then they can bring far fewer customers to their destination a day, but in the green-left dream world, all those customers are willing to pay triple for such a trip.

Although ‘willing’ is, of course, a euphemism: consumers must actually be forced to pay the higher prices, whether it is a taxi ride by horse-drawn carriage or ‘organic’ food.

Make assumptions about a Nexit

The utopia of the Groots and others, where the Netherlands only practices “organic” agriculture and the Dutch only buy “organic” food, is based on the undiscovered assumption of a Nexit. Then you have to put up customs walls against all the much cheaper, more efficiently produced food from other EU countries and outside, and that is not possible if you want to remain an EU member. Dutch exports of agricultural products will fall far back due to the price alone, possibly to zero in return for these tariff walls.

For example, Groot-Nederland van D66 merges with Forumland van Baudet to create a utopian Netherlands from the past, where not happiness but poverty and suffocating narrow-mindedness were very common.

science journalist Arnout Jaspers writes sober and manageable articles and columns for Wynia’s Week every week. You can be pieces HERE read back.

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