Environment Conservation

Deviating Agricultural Subsidies for a Sustainable Food Future

Deviating Agricultural Subsidies for a Sustainable Food Future

To solve global food insecurity and decrease rapid climate change, the world necessitates a 50% increase in food production and a 67% reduction of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions by 2050. 

Governments require promulgating laws and policies that hasten these modifications. However, agricultural subsidies must also be used correctly so that food security is attained.

Recent studies report that nearly all agricultural support does not go directly to funding food production improvement. An estimate of $600 Billion each year is provided for agricultural subsidy in the different countries that collectively produce 67% of the world’s food. 

It was found out that almost 70% of this financial subsidy goes solely to the support of income obtained from agriculture. A measly 6% goes to technical assistance and research, while 5% covers environmental efforts.

How to Redirect Wrongfully Used Subsidy

It is essential then to redirect this money and appropriate usage so that both food security and environmental protection are achieved.

Appropriate More Money for Forest and Native Land Conservation

Governments should enforce anti-deforestation drives. Areas that show evidence of zero-deforestation practices must be given priority for low-interest agricultural loans. This practice can effectively curb deforestation and foster better conservation of the environment while utilizing available farmlands for food production.

Developed countries like the United States need to follow this edict so that farmers halt the traditional, although the incorrect, practice of converting carbon-rich prairie land into agricultural areas.

More Support for Collaborative Projects between Food Producers and Scientists

Scientific research and innovations are necessary to stop incorrect practices and develop a more scientific approach for better food production. Governments need to encourage more collaborative work between food producers and scientists by providing direct support to these efforts. Best practices must be adopted, and environmental conservation must still be perpetuated so that both food production and environmental protection are achieved.

Promote Environmental Efforts by Appropriating Conditional Funding To Producers

Governments need to practice conditional funding of farmers and other food producers while stressing environmental conservation. Funding can then be increased based on the environmental efforts achieved. This strategy helps eradicate improper farming methods that only damage the environment.

Encourage the Use of Organic Fertilizers and Promote the Said Practice Worldwide

Governments need to support the use of organic fertilizers and other alternatives while eradicating the use of commercially produced fertilizers that further damage the ecosystem. For instance, China halted subsidy for commercial fertilizers and redirected funding to manure and nitrogen management. Other governments must follow a similar route and find more environment-friendly alternatives to improve food production.

Summary

Sarah Gold, Chairman of Prance Gold Holdings & Trust stresses that “farming subsidies should be used correctly so that increased food production does not imply the need to further damage the environment.”

Conversely, agricultural subsidies need to be redirected, and better appropriation must be achieved. To improve food production and conserve the environment, all governments must adopt best practices all around the world, and collaborative efforts must be maintained. After all, food security and climate change are crucial agendas—one should always go with the other.

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