NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE: Obama retread Samantha Power tells former Clinton press flak George Stephanopoulos: “‘Fertilizer shortages are real now because Russia is a big exporter of fertilizer. And even though fertilizer is not sanctioned, less fertilizer is coming out of Russia. As a result, we’re working with countries to think about natural solutions like manure and compost. And this may hasten transitions that would have been in the interest of farmers to make eventually anyway.’”

Power telling Stephanopoulos that potential food shortages are a way to nudge farmers in a direction the administration wants them to go is akin to their frequent arguments that high gas prices should be encouraged to nudge drivers into electric cars.

Related: Don’t pretend that high prices and American suffering are a ‘bug’ for the establishment — it’s a historic feature.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): In Sri Lanka, Organic Farming Went Catastrophically Wrong.

Plus: Sri Lanka facing imminent threat of starvation, senior politician warns.