But, seeing as how it is COMMON SENSE, and being it’s being discussed in California, it’ll NEVER happen. The hypocritical left would NEVER stand for it.
I have always maintained that organic farming was just a ruse so as to charge more for the same crops. WITHOUT the benefit of them being “better” for you. Looks as if it is a HUGE water-waster as well, and in a state where there isn’t much of it (unless they start building desalination plants) ANY method of saving water SHOULD be considered. Michael Bastasch from The Daily Caller.com has the scoop that’ll set the moonbats a’ flappin’.
Economists: Tax Organic Products To Solve CA Water Crisis
Environmentally-savvy economists have a novel solution for tackling the California water crisis that may anger some on the left: tax organic products.
Why tax organic products? Organic farms, for example, don’t use water nearly as efficiently as conventional farms do, argue economists with the Property and Environment Research Center and the Hoover Institution. Price the inefficiencies into products and consumers will use less of it, the economists say.
Economists Terry Anderson and Henry Miller wrote that “water-policy analysts agree that California’s thirst for water won’t be significantly reduced until consumers are faced with a more realistic price for the ‘clear gold.’”
“In that spirit, we propose a revenue-neutral tax on all organic products — food, linens, clothing, pillows, tobacco, etc,” they wrote.
“How will taxing organic products help to conserve water? The answer is that organic agriculture uses more of critical inputs — labor, land, and water — than conventional agriculture,” Anderson and Miller wrote. “Taxation would reduce the demand for water-wasting organic products relative to non-organic alternatives, and thereby reduce some of the pressure on California’s dwindling water supplies.”
California is in the fourth year of a major drought that has left much of the state desperate for water supplies. Gov. Jerry Brown has imposed command and control solutions to conserving water by fining homes and businesses that use too much. Brown was seeking to fine Californian’s up to $10,000 a day for using too much water.
But Anderson and Miller argue that a water tax on organic products would be a much better idea than mandating water use.
“Organic agriculture is particularly insidious because it bans the cultivation of crop varieties crafted with molecular genetic-modification techniques, which are particularly relevant during droughts,” the two wrote. “Not only do genetically engineered crops offer higher yields with less use of insecticides, but they can be crafted to withstand droughts, and to be irrigable with lower-quality (such as brackish) water.”
“Pest- and disease-resistant genetically engineered crop varieties also indirectly improve water use. Because much of the loss to insects and diseases occurs after the plants are fully grown — that is, after most of the water required to grow a crop has already been applied — this means more agricultural output per unit of water invested,” the economists wrote.
“We aren’t holding our breath waiting for Governor Moonbeam and his followers, clad in tie-dyed, organic-cotton t-shirts, to adopt our proposal, even if it might result in more efficient agricultural production and water conservation,” the economist concluded. “But until California devises constructive incentives for water conservation, the vagaries of Mother Nature will continue to create water shortages.”
Heretics. Liars. Miscreants. Committing sacrilege. Koch-Bros. owned. These are just SOME of the PRINTABLE epithets Messrs. Anderson and Miller will be subjected to from the left, from Moochelle all the way down. How DARE they disparage ORGANIC vegetables ? Don’t they know Moochie has COMMANDED the serfs to eat MORE veggies ? Talk about pissing in the broccoli.
There is no question that California has a water shortage, but this article, like SO many before it, hits on THIS truth, BUT leaves out a HUGE part of the REAL reason. Remember the Delta Smelt ?
All the ecoloons were raising hell about releasing waters because this species, the loons believed, was somehow ENDANGERED. So, these asshats, as asshats are wont to do, SEVERELY curtailed the flow of waters from the Sierra Nevada watershed, down to the San Joaquin Valley, where around HALF of the nation’s fresh fruits and vegetables are grown, so as to “protect” the smelt while DRYING UP the lower reservoirs.
Add in Mother Nature’s penchant for sending ANY weather systems where SHE sees fit, we now have the resultant disaster.
Now I surely wish the rains would fall for California. There are a LOT of good people who deserve the best nature can send their way, such as the hard working farmers and ranchers, but the GOOD people MUST put an end to the LUNACY that has marked California politics for a goodly portion of the past 30 years.
Maybe, if they RID themselves of leftist lunacy, Mother Nature WILL send some “liquid sunshine” their way, in ample amounts.
CLYDE. Saying MOTHER NATURE is still, and always WILL BE, in charge. Not to mention, smelt are DEEEEELICIOUS deep-fried, and washed down with cold beer.