Throughout history, the cultural differences and lifestyles that exist across nations have divided us more than they have united us. Differences in faith, differences in legal concessions, and differences in languages spoken are all quantitatively too overwhelming for diplomats to navigate. Whether you grew up in Nairobi, the Bronx, Cheshire, Peru, Gandhinagar, Bran, Hamburg or the gusty city of Mississauga; one thing unites us all and should be the foundation of global politics over and above all else, it is something we all depend on for the continued survival of our species, agriculture.
As of August 2022, the United States of America has more immigrants than any other country in the world. This issue concerns more than just one nation, so why mention this? Because it is important to acknowledge the obscenely tense political climate and realize that the burden of nourishing the natural and fragile ecosystems that sustain life on our planet is not a minority issue, it is an issue we should and can collectively value as a species. Agriculture is a human issue and offers the unique opportunity to come together as stewards of our planet, sharing knowledge, improving yields and reducing dependencies on other countries' exports, which will reduce the carbon emissions from international bulk shipping which (as of 2020) emits 440 million metric tons of CO2 into our planet’s atmosphere.
The health of America’s agriculture industry is tied directly to immigration. While there are many other hot-button issues diluting the political rhetoric of our time, which needn’t be discussed further, farming and the health of our world’s soil must take centre stage indefinitely. It is not only food which can be cultivated from an increased focus on agriculture but fossil fuel alternatives such as biofuels. It is not enough to simply nourish the land, we must ensure that the equipment that sews the seeds and harvests the crops is not detrimental to nature. More importance must be placed on agriculture’s importance and the vitality of nourishing the natural “pre-technology” world via the integration of this topic in primary and secondary schools. Our world needs agri-engineers with future-centric minds and an ever-piqued curiosity for sustainable alternatives for oil, gas and coal.
At its core, the effects of unhindered carbon emissions are an approaching chaos we face together, a reported science we interpret alone, and sadly an indisputable truth we debate with strangers online. While people are entitled to their opinion, we are not entitled to change or debate the facts compiled tirelessly by the scientific community. A distrust of news services, widely spread misinformation and the vacuum of online commentary (podcasters masquerading as news reporters, ie; Candace Owens claiming “that’s what we do here, we cover the news”) are all working just as tirelessly as the scientific community to flood our minds with alternative opinions, the definition of counter-intuitive. These pundits will urge you to be discerning and say things like “think for yourself,” when in reality no amount of opinion will change the facts of the natural world which we are inexcusably out of harmony with as a species.
Approximately 2.2 billion people live without access to clean water, and a portion of those people have no access to essential hygiene items like soap. With that said, all news sources must be pushed to report on this nightly until there is equal access to clean water everywhere in our world. Innovative and sustainable agriculture is by far the most pressing issue in our zeitgeist, it is a challenge the human race must rise to if it is unable to accept or come to terms with its own impermanence on Earth.