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Compared to Europe, the American farm system is more efficient and sustainable

Bill Wirtz writes in The Hill about the benefits of America’s farming system.

The C3 Take
  • Since the 1980s American farmers have steadily increased production with fewer resources while European yields have remained largely stagnant.
  • Regulatory burdens in the EU have also prevented new fertilizers, pesticides, and GMOs from reaching the market which has led to more land and resources being used.
  • By relying on the innovation of America’s farmers, we are now able to feed more people with a smaller environmental footprint.
  • Lawmakers should recognize this and look for ways to reduce regulatory and legal barriers that hamstring innovation.

“Ultimately, we should recognize the wonders of modern agriculture. The benefits of high-yield farming are apparent: We feed more people more sustainably, all while having to charge them less for it. For instance, we need 60 percent fewer cows yet produce twice as much milk as we did in the 1930s. We need to build on these types of successes to make our food system more efficient and sustainable.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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