World Ag Ministers Stoke Climate Fears – As Crops Keep Setting Records

Near the top of Google News search results today for ‘climate change’ is a EURACTIV TV article titled, “Berlin agriculture conference highlights world hunger, climate change.” The EURACTIV story reports on a January 22 international conference held in Berlin, at which 76 agriculture ministers from countries around the world and 13 international non-governmental organizations addressed how various crises impact hunger. The forum, and EURACTIV’s coverage of it, falsely claimed human climate change was contributing to global hunger. Hard data shows just the opposite is the case. Climate change is a large factor in the recent decline in global hunger and malnutrition.

This annual meeting of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, was titled “Pandemics and climate change: How do we feed the world?” Much of the conference focused on blaming climate change for hunger.

“The most important topic [discussed by ministers], however, was man-made climate change and its impact on global food production, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres named climate change as one of the biggest challenges in tackling global famine,” EURACTIV reports in its story covering the conference.

“Climate catastrophe drives global hunger,” EURACTIV adds.

Guterres and the agriculture ministers are spreading false alarm, and they know it. Hard data collected by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows crop production and yields in most countries, and globally, have continued to set records over the past few decades as the world modestly warms.

Articles on Climate Realism, posted hereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere, and here, for example, have shown fruit, grain, and staple crop production have all increased during the present period of warming, in developing and developed countries alike. Indeed, over the past year, authors at Climate Realism have posted approximately 60 stories and videos showing crop production has been increasing and hunger declining during the period of supposed human caused global warming.

As agronomy and botany explain, the addition of approximately 135 parts per million of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by humans has helped dramatically reduce hunger, by increasing the photosynthetic productivity and improving the water use of plants. As a result, the number of hungry people has declined by two billion since 1990. And research shows there is now 17 percent more food available per person than there was 30 years ago.

Rather than spreading climate fear as a means of amassing money and power. the Berlin conference participants should have on coming up with measures to anticipate, prevent, and respond to spikes in hunger from future pandemics. EURACTIV should hold the conference participants accountable for the misinformation they spread at the conference. Unfortunately, the conference participants and EURACTIV each failed in their mission.

H. Sterling Burnett
H. Sterling Burnett
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is the Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News. In addition to directing The Heartland Institute's Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy, Burett puts Environment & Climate News together, is the editor of Heartland's Climate Change Weekly email, and the host of the Environment & Climate News Podcast.

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  1. Actually, any opportunity to wine and dine at the taxpayer’s expense is welcomed by this bunch. What other conclusion could they have come to? That agriculture is doing fine globally? How do you justify wining and dining by stating the obvious?


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