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Anti-vaxxers Come to Ag; Identity Politics Come to Trade

Anti-vaxxers Come to Ag The Green Revolution created modern agriculture, which has been called a mechanism for turning fossil fuels (inputs) into food. In a matter of just a couple of decades, fertilizer, pesticides, and genetics enabled staple crop yields to triple. Now Europe is trying to strip out those inputs and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and three progressive colleagues have introduced legislation to ban over 100 pesticides used in agriculture. These politicians do not trust U.S. EPA scientists to make regulatory judgements on chemicals and instead are listening to anti-pesticide activists. The situation is very similar to those now refusing to take COVID vaccines.  There is scientific consensus that both pesticide...

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