FACT CHECK: Did 13 Nations Agree To Abolish Farming?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purports 13 nations have agreed to abolish farming.

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The agreement that was signed would reduce methane emissions in the signatories agricultural sectors, not abolish farming entirely.

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The Facebook post purports 13 nations have decided to abolish farming in order to “save the planet.” The post shares a video in which a man reacts to a newscast supposedly covering the news.

“13 Nations Agree To Abolish Farming In Order To ‘Save The Planet,'” the alleged newscast reads. The man responds to the chyron with, “What are you going to eat, thoughts and prayers?”

The claim is false. There is no credible news report that suggests these nations are abolishing farming. The claim stems from an article from a website called the European Union Times. The article does have this headline reading, “13 Nations Agree To Abolish Farming In Order To ‘Save The Planet.'” However, in the body of the article it clarifies these countries have pledged to reduce pollution caused by farming with “a commitment to place farmers under new restrictions intended to reduce emissions of methane gas”.

A press release referenced in the article from the Global Methane Hub (GMH) says, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Panama, Peru, Spain, the United States and Uruguay – signed an agreement to reduce methane emissions in their respective agricultural sectors and food systems.

Climate and Clear air Coalition reported that Methane reduction has been part of the discussion during global meetings. At no point did these organizations report that farming is being abolished. (RELATED: Did Illinois Pass A Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants To Apply For The Police Force?)

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact found footage claiming to show NATO helicopters being shot down in Ukraine was actually footage of video game ARMA 3.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter