A Sri Lankan farmer works in a paddy field on the outskirts of Colombo on Jan. 9, 2016. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP via Getty Images) Commentary
On July 14, after months of economic and social unrest, Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned in disgrace and fled to Singapore, leaving in his wake an economic crisis and a food shortage.
How Rajapaksa’s fate was sealed is not complicated.
You probably heard that Sri Lanka adopted an all-organic approach to agriculture, banning the import of regular fertilizer and fuel because activists assured the government that organic farming was the future. As a result, in merely one year Sri Lanka went from an exporter of rice to an importer . Sri Lanka was not a wealthy country to begin with, and the organic experiment—combined with COVID-19 and government lockdowns —plunged about half a million people into poverty and caused prices to surge. (Inflation is running well over 50 percent, the BBC notes .)
It’s a classic example where a supposedly “green” policy was implemented with a lot of fanfare, achieved very little, and created a lot of suffering.
Moreover, such environmental overzealousness isn’t limited to countries like Sri Lanka. Rich countries have their share of poorly thought-through “sustainable” initiatives that create a lot of misery and achieve little good. It’s just that rich countries have capital (or license to print dollars and euros) to hide the effects of bad policies.
Consider the current issue of high energy prices. Sure, there are some unexpected factors, like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, expensive energy is largely a product of bad policies across the world.
In the last decade, oil and gas production in the United States increased significantly, in large part due to innovation, particularly hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). This growth could have continued, lowering fuel prices at home and selling the excess […]
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