Foolish Western Idealism Crushes Sri Lanka’s Economy – Opinion

Over the weekend, a mass of angry Sri Lankan citizens swarmed the presidential palace over an absolute economic collapse in the country, forcing the nation’s prime minister to resign and leading to more civil unrest.

There has been a lot of talk over the country’s struggles, but ultimately a lot of the blame comes down to western environmental activism taking hold of the country’s policies and encouraging Sri Lanka to switch how it grows its own food. This has resulted to lower crop yields, an increase in food imports, and angry citizens.

Two separate problems are responsible for Sri Lanka’s problem. They have both made it impossible to become self-sufficient. First, the ban on chemical fertilizers.

The dramatic fall in yields follows a decision last April by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to ban all chemical fertilizers in Sri Lanka – a move that risks undermining support among rural voters who are key to his family’s grip on Sri Lankan politics.

After widespread protests, the ban was lifted. However, only a small amount of chemicals fertilizers reached farms. This will lead to a drop in paddy yields of around 30% annually, experts predict.

The resistance of this island nation to adopt GMOs into their farming methods is a result. The all-organic agriculture experiment in Sri Lanka was a failure.

The farrago of magical thinking, technocratic hubris, ideological delusion, self-dealing, and sheer shortsightedness that produced the crisis in Sri Lanka implicates both the country’s political leadership and advocates of so-called sustainable agriculture: the former for seizing on the organic agriculture pledge as a shortsighted measure to slash fertilizer subsidies and imports and the latter for suggesting that such a transformation of the nation’s agricultural sector could ever possibly succeed.

Another issue that is causing the Sri Lankan crisis are the same unfortunate events that have affected many other countries around the world. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Sri Lanka was reported by the World Bank to have achieved upper-middle status. But, after the epidemic, Sri Lanka’s poverty levels dropped to half. Also, the country was hit hard by inflation which can also be seen around the world.

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But it’s the push of a foolish western religion – the issue of climate change – that is at most to blame here. The country had a large amount of rice production and was self-sufficient. Its top export, tea was also affected by the ban. The country’s rice production declined by 20% in less than a single year. Tea farming, which is the country’s biggest source of jobs, and its collapse has had a major impact on the nation’s citizens, leading to the civil unrest we’re seeing today.

COVID-19 was most likely responsible for this specific collapse. While the economic catastrophe that was global COVID policies hurt all, it also showed ugly realities in many areas of economy.

A friend recently pointed out that America is wealthy enough, and for the lack of a better word, tolerable enough of western liberalism so that it can survive the agenda of other countries. As it turns out, you have to be able to actually afford the losses you’d incur to put these policies in place, and you’ll be operating at a loss for pretty much the foreseeable future.

These policies aren’t sustainable for anyone, but especially for those countries in the developing or only recently-developed world, it’s especially harmful. That won’t stop the left from pushing its religion on others at home and abroad, potentially crushing more nations along the way to their twisted version of utopia.

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