Despite best intentions, organic farming is harming, not helping, the environment.

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Bjorn Lomborg

Doing the smartest things first


Bjorn Lomborg met with New York Times journalist and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes Nicholas Kristof to discuss where we get the biggest bang for the buck in making a better world.

A label for rich people who want to feel good

Organic food has become the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. food industry. But there are no health benefits from eating organic food. And it is likely worse for the environment. 
Organic is simply rich people spending their cash to support less efficient farming practices. Lomborg argues in USA Today that the world’s poorest inhabitants need cheaper food, which means more efficient farming with better access to regulated fertilizers and pesticides.

The toilet revolution


Poor sanitation is a major development challenge: 2.5 billion people still lack access to basic, safe sanitation. Therefore we should applaud initiatives such as Bill Gates' 'Reinvent the Toilet Challenge' or Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's program to install millions of toilets around the country.
Research for the Copenhagen Consensus Center shows that there is a solid economic case for such efforts, too: eliminating open defecation in rural areas would deliver social benefits of $6 for every dollar spent.
   
Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Shanghai Daily (China), Times of Oman, Hospodarske Noviny (Czech Republic), Tema (Albania), El Tiempo (Colombia) and La Nacion (Costa Rica).

Doing hundreds of billions of dollars worth of good


"What we need to do, if we want to do good, is to focus on where we can do the most good for every dollar spent." Bjorn Lomborg recently returned to Freakonomics Radio to speak to the work of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, and how we can achieve the biggest bang for our buck in global development and for individual countries such as Bangladesh and Haiti.

"Take the data seriously."


Bjorn Lomborg sat down with Danish newspaper Politiken for their "Enthusiasts" series to discuss his role as a data-driven environmental debater in a sea of voices who either deny the existence of particular problems or blow them out of proportion. [In Danish]

"A foundation of great international prestige"


The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, who met Bjorn Lomborg last year to discuss priorities for the implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, made extensive references to Copenhagen Consensus research on the protection of maritime biodiversity in a recent speech. He suggests to invite Bjorn Lomborg back to the country, arguing that
"Copenhagen Consensus is a foundation of great international prestige that sponsors many investigations into how to make the best investments to help humanity, protect the environment, generate sustainable development and effective social development. It is a very beautiful organization, with some very clear goals."

More global articles:

Bangladesh Priorities From Research to Smart Policy Investment Advocacy
News Network (Bangladesh)

Økologisk revolution vil dræbe tusinder
Berlingske (Denmark)

P1 Debat: Har vi råd til at gå totalt øko?
Danish radio interview

Kulde dræber flere end varme
Børsen (Denmark)

Wer "bio" kauft, fühlt sich besser. Gutes tut er nicht
Die Welt (Germany)

Ekologisk mat kommer med ett högt pris
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)

Økologisk mat er ikke bærekraftig
Aftenposten (Norway)

Alimentos orgánicos, un fenómeno del mundo rico
Milenio (Mexico)

Priorizar los objetivos de desarrollo más inteligentes
Infobae (Argentina)

El efecto real de autos eléctricos
La Prensa (Honduras)

Repensar as políticas de eficiência energética
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

Biopotraviny nepomáhají našemu zdraví ani životnímu prostředí
Dotyk (Czech Republic)

Zabójcza wojna Greenpeace z nauką
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

 

Lomborg's recommended links

LinkedIn:
Do 97% of Climate Scientists Really Agree?

A Brief History of (In)equality

Violence and terrorism are trending downward

Twitter:

How to Think About Global Industrialization

Agriculture and overuse greater threats to wildlife than climate change

Household appliances and the decline of housework
 

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and the world, and has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 public intellectuals.

He is the author of several best-selling books, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School and works regularly with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world’s "Top 25 Environmental Think Tanks".

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
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