Food is becoming more expensive and the problem is only going to get worse, Glenn Beck said on his TV show last week. â€œWhy is the world’s bread basket running low on bread and you haven’t heard anything about it?â€ asked Beck.
While huge wildfires burn in California, the stateâ€™s farmers are suffering through an environmental crisis that the government is making worse, he said. Central Valley, a 400-mile long area spread out over 18 counties â€œis responsible for 57 percent of the state’s total farmingâ€ and California represents around 13 percent of the nationâ€™s farming.
Federal environmental rulings aimed at protecting a little fish called the delta smelt have reduced water shipments to local farmers to a mere 10 percent of previous levels. Beck said:
In a sick twist of irony, the government is actually starving the farmers, which is weird, because I know a little something about history. This is exactly what happened with FDR. It’s like Obama is the new Roosevelt.
We began to realize that we’re really entering a third wave of environmentalism in the United States. The first wave is [â€¦] the Teddy Roosevelt [â€¦] conservation era, which had its day. And then in 1963, Rachel Carson writes the book, Silent Spring, and she’s talking about toxics in the environment, and that really kind of opens up a whole new way. So, it’s no longer just conservation, but it’s conservation plus regulation.
David Martosko, director of research for the Center of Consumer Freedom, made the point that the system is being overloaded by environmentalist groups clamoring to protect so-called endangered species:
I’ll tell you, who’s going to wind up really hurting is Americans who like to eat meat. I’ll tell you what — because cattlemen in this country own and manage most of the lands that are covered by the Endangered Species Act, that are subject to control.
The act is being used to put cattlemen out of business, Martosko said. â€œAnd then the price of your steak goes up, the price of your cheeseburger goes up.â€