By Paul Homewood
The newly shrunken Booker has space to follow up my story of the BBC Today programme’s fake news story about African crop yields:
Something rather odd happened on the BBC Today programme on Radio 4 last Wednesday. Nick Robinson, the presenter, prefaced a worthy little report about farming in Kenya by claiming that crop yields in Africa are being “cut by climate change”.
In fact, the report was not about this at all. It was about efforts being made to promote traditional African vegetables, although it ended with another gratuitous mention of how climate change was adding to “the challenge of a doubling population”.
It took the indefatigable Paul Homewood to show on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog the actual figures on African crop yields from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. These demonstrate that since 1970 those yields have in fact been hurtling steadily upwards: in Kenya itself…
View original post 229 more words