Energy efficiency

OK, now I’ve heard everything. A new study co-authored by a member of the faculty of Environmental Studies at York University claims organic farms can be more energy efficient than conventional operations. That’s like saying “Hey! I can be a faster runner than Usain Bolt!”

In case you don’t know, Bolt is the fastest man in the world (he’s also referred to as Lightning Bolt). So, how the heck can I claim to run faster than him? Well, the key words in my dubious claim are “can be.”

I mean, sure, if Bolt is fast asleep I can be way faster than he is….

This York study is a total sham. I mean, how much of my taxes were wasted on this? But alas, this is what happens when people who’ve never worked a day on a farm and who work at a university located in a large city decide to attack modern farming in a fight against the phantom menace of climate change.

As I show in my bookIs it Organic?,organic farming is less efficient than conventional farming…. But that’s perfectly fine. There’s nothing wrong with burning fossil fuels, especially on a farm.

For years, the environmentalists have been highly critical of the fossil fuel used to produce synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, and they have claimed it makes conventional farming less efficient than organic in spite of the fact that organic farmers use more fuel….

We’re supposed to produce food that’s purer and more nutritious in the organic sector. We rely on time-proven methods that have sustained humankind for thousands of years; so who cares if we burn more diesel?

Every organic farmer I know will tell you that he burns far more fuel for every bushel he produces compared to his conventional neighbours, and that when fallow or plow-down crops are taken into consideration the efficiency drops even further. And you know what? It doesn’t bother organic farmers in the least.

What bothers organic farmers, young and old, is when they’re used as pawns to fight someone else’s environmental battle, in this case, the crazy battle against climate change.

Attention, anyone working in the environmental department of a university. The overwhelming majority of North American organic farmers don’t care about climate change. Never did, never will.

Mischa Popoff,

IOIA Organic Inspector, Osoyoos, B.C.

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