Category: fertilizer

Food Inflation: Tight Grain, Oilseed Supplies to Keep Prices Elevated

SINGAPORE—Drought or too much rain, the war in Ukraine, and high energy costs look set to curb global farm production again next year, tightening supplies, even as high prices encourage farmers to boost planting. Production of staples such as rice and wheat is unlikely to replenish depleted inventories, at least in the first half of…


ESG Endangering America’s Farms and Your Food: State Treasurers

The latest threat to farming can be identified in three familiar letters. State treasurers at the State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF) told The Epoch Times on Nov. 14 that the United States’ agricultural base could be jeopardized by the top-down push for environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) scoring. “It’s a real threat,” Nebraska State…


Sri Lanka’s Agrochemical Ban Shows How Bad Ideas Can Have Big Consequences

Commentary You may remember the headlines: in 2021, Sri Lanka’s government imposed a total ban on agrochemicals. The restrictions affected both chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The government changed course in late 2021, but the damage had already been done. Yields fell dramatically, fueling anger in the streets. By mid-2022, the country was convulsed by explosive…


US Farmers Grab the Lobbying Pitchforks as Greens Sow Costly New Reporting Mandates

Echoing conflicts from Sri Lanka to Canada to the Netherlands, tensions between farmers and green-minded government policymakers are building in the United States, where producers are squaring off against a costly proposed federal mandate for greenhouse-gas reporting from corporate supply chains. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in March proposed requiring large corporations, including agribusinesses and food companies, to report…


Putin Says Developing World Being ‘Cheated’ by Ukraine Grain Deal

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia—President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia and the developing world had been “cheated” by an UN-brokered Ukrainian grain export deal, vowing to look to revise its terms to limit the countries that can receive shipments. Speaking at an economic forum in the city of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, Putin took aim…


Putin to Look at Revising ‘Cheating’ Ukrainian Grain Export Deal

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia—President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia and the developing world had been “cheated” by a U.N.-brokered Ukrainian grain export deal, vowing to look to revise its terms to limit the countries that can receive shipments. Speaking at an economic forum in the city of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, Putin took aim…


Agriculture Groups Reflect on Ottawa’s Federal Emissions Targets

Many farmers are bemoaning the federal government’s goals for lower greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizers, while agriculture groups have differing views on how the targets are to be met. In December 2020, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada released its “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy” climate plan, which called for 30 percent less greenhouse gas…


No Farmers, No Food, No Life

Commentary The world is now facing a man-made food catastrophe. It is reaching crisis levels. Current policies in many parts of the world place a priority on climate change for realizing a green new deal. Meanwhile, such policies will contribute to children dying from severe malnutrition due to broken food systems, with shortages of food…


World’s Largest Chemical Company to Produce Less Ammonia, a Key Fertilizer Ingredient

The world’s largest chemical company, Germany’s BASF, is set to further cut its production of ammonia—a key ingredient of fertilizer—amid soaring gas prices. “We are reducing production at facilities that require large volumes of natural gas, such as ammonia plants,” BASF Chief Executive Martin Brudermueller said in a media call on July 27 after the release of the company’s…


Peter Menzies: Under the Liberals, the Hammer Keeps Smashing Down on Western Canada’s Leading Industries

Commentary The Trudeau government has launched a fresh new offensive in its economic war on Western Canada—once again under the guise of a brutally ill-conceived climate policy. Oblivious to the consequences and unprepared to offer alternatives, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau let her provincial counterparts know last week that there would be no compromise on…