I commend Christopher Booker for suggesting there may be a global food crisis coming because of insufficient sunspots. My friend Michael said that his Mulberry bush was several weeks late in bearing ripe berries. Also, I won’t need to replace the air conditioner that we removed last summer. It is June 16, and there is no hot weather yet here in Ontario. Here is the money quote from Booker’s article:
It is now more than 200 years since the great astronomer William Herschel observed a correlation between wheat prices and sunspots. When the latter were few in number, he noted, the climate turned colder and drier, crop yields fell and wheat prices rose. In the past two years, sunspot activity has dropped to its lowest point for a century. One of our biggest worries is that our politicians are so fixated on the idea that CO2 is causing global warming that most of them haven’t noticed that the problem may be that the world is not warming but cooling, with all the implications that has for whether we get enough to eat.
It is appropriate that another contributory factor to the world’s food shortage should be the millions of acres of farmland now being switched from food crops to biofuels, to stop the world warming, Last year even the experts of the European Commission admitted that, to meet the EU’s biofuel targets, we will eventually need almost all the food-growing land in Europe. But that didn’t persuade them to change their policy. They would rather we starved than did that. And the EU, we must always remember, is now our government – the one most of us didn’t vote for last week.
I would go further. The insistence on the use of biofuels is utter folly and presumption. God is the one who provides the abundant harvest; rather than give back to him the tithe owing to him, we have instead burnt it frivolously in our vehicles even though He has provided us abundant sources of high-efficiency energy: nuclear, coal, shale, tar sands, petroleum, and natural gas. We should have stored the food for leaner times instead of using them in our cars. I can easily foresee serious problems because of the lack of wisdom that our political leadership has shown. Famine, pestilence, and war may result from starving populations. Where is Joseph when you need him?