“Without chemical fertilizer,” says Norman Borlaug at the very end of a depressing story in Wednesday’s New York Times about rising fertilizer prices, “forget it. The game is over.”
Norman Borlaug is the American scientist widely credited with spearheading the Green Revolution, and his views have been discussed previously in How the World Works. Short version: He believes organic agriculture cannot feed the world, and anyone who thinks so is an idiot. Chemical fertilizer facilitated a 600 percent surge in global food production between 1900 and 2000, allowing the global population to boom from 1.7 billion to 6.5 billion.
There was only one thing missing from the Times story — any kind of a comment from anyone representing the organic, sustainable farming community.