In another post I made a comment about radical greens approaching religion and thought I should probably expand a little on what I meant. I consider myself to be an environmentalist and support doing what we can to reduce pollution but the modern green movement has removed rational thought. They listen to their leaders and take whatever they say as fact without even a basic understanding of the environment. So I thought I would run through some of the views held by most radical greens accept on faith but when considered rationally are dead wrong.
Exhibit A: Organic farming
Many greenies and organic farmers love to talk about how organic farming is going to save the world from evil pesticides and fertilizer. Even if you grant the pollutants and buy into the dangers of pesticides (as and avid hunter I those pesticide filled fields are the first place I look for birds and deer) organic farming on a massive scale would destroy our environment. Why? Because it takes more land to produce the same amount of food. We already put a substantial amount of land towards food production, I am currently in a county that is 97% farmed, that is a lot of prairie and forest that has been destroyed to create farm fields. While that would make deer and birds happy many cute little critters would see their homes destroyed. The prairie was almost eradicated once in the US precisely because of the amount of farming necessary to feed our nation and is just now starting to make a comeback because we don't use as much land as we used to.
Additionally, organic farming still needs fertilizer, they use manure which generally comes from cows. Currently, we do not have nearly enough cows to produce enough manure to support a 100% conversion to organic farming. So in addition to the all the extra land you need just for farming you need even more for all the cows (you can't put the cow on the same piece of land they would trample your beans and eat your corn) And if you buy into the methane gas causes global warming, which I am still in the air on but most greenies take it as gospel, then you have a whole new can of worms there.
The bottom line is that modern pesticides and fertilizers are relatively safe. I walk around farm fields all day every day for my job and have yet to see any animals dead from modern farming other than the ones that get hit by a car. I drink the water and eat fish out of ponds right next to farm fields. Can we find ways to make the chemicals even safer? Maybe, I'll leave that to chemists who know a lot more than me. But would massive scale organic farming cause less damage to the environment? No. In the end you are trading the negligible air and perhaps water pollution to completely eradicate habitat outright, how does that make sense? Seems to me like cutting off your head to prevent a cold. Be a real environmentalist and support ways to make farming even more efficient so we can eat AND bring back more natural habitat.
I have more examples but have to get to work. But later I will address other bs greenies take as gospel like recycling, oil drilling, electric cars and anti-hunting.
"It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost." - Murray Rothbard
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