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The Dutch Farmers’ Protest and the War on Food

By Kit Knightly | OffGuardian | July 2, 2022

This week, tens of thousands of farmers have gathered from all across the Netherlands to protest government policies which will reduce the number of livestock in the country by up to a third.

In a typical example of media weasel-wording, the press reports on this all headline something like “Dutch farmers protest emissions targets”, but this is a massive lie by omission.

The government policy being protested is a 25 BILLION Euro investment in “reducing levels of nitrogen pollution” true, but it plans to achieve this by (among other things) “paying some Dutch livestock farmers to relocate or exit the industry”.

In real terms, this ultimately means reducing the number of pigs, chickens and cows by about thirty per cent.

That’s what is being protested here – a deliberate shrinking of the farming sector, impacting the livelihood of thousands of farmers, and the food supply of literally hundreds of millions of people.

THE BIG PICTURE

While the scheme is allegedly about limiting nitrogen and ammonia emissions from urine and manure it’s hard not to see this in the broader context of the ongoing created food crisis.

The Netherlands produces a massive food surplus and is one of the largest exporters of meat in the world and THE largest in Europe. Reducing its output by a third could have huge implications for the global food supply, especially in Western Europe.

Perhaps more troubling is how this could act as a precedent.

This isn’t the first “pay farmers not to farm” scheme launched in the last year – both the UK and US have put such schemes in place – but a government paying to reduce it’s own meat production? That is a first.

That it is (allegedly) being done to “protect the environment” makes it a big warning sign for the future. Denmark, Belgium and Germany are already considering similar policies.

The Western world seems to be enthusiastically embracing quasi-suicidal policies.

I mean, paying farmers to reduce the amount of food they produce… while (notionally) threatened with war… in the midst of a recession… facing record inflation as the cost of living spirals.

Does that really make any sense?

That’s almost as crazy as refusing new oil and gas leases while the cost of petrol is going up.

Indeed, in a world beset by a shortage of fertiliser due to sanctions against Russia and Belarus, it would seem almost mad to complain about a manure surplus, let alone try to reduce it.

We’re well past the point where any of this could be considered accidental, aren’t we?

Put it this way – if the collective governments of the Western world were trying to impoverish and starve their own citizens, what exactly would they be doing differently?

July 2, 2022 - Posted by | Malthusian Ideology, Phony Scarcity | , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Nationwide actions are planned for tomorrow (july the 4th). The Dutch government may have picked the wrong battle. I haven’t heard of any support for the government whatsoever. To the contrary, there is widespread disagreement, even inside political parties.

    Another strange thing are the Nature2000 borders that have been drawn over the Dutch map some years ago. This is nature where you are not allowed to enter by night and you are not allowed to stray from the paths. Many farms are adjacent to such areas that I consider to be Agenda 2030 areas. Part of the plan is to expand those areas.

    It has been said that the space that will become available after many farms have been destroyed would be used for housing. Surprisingly, housing projects face the exact same nitrogen rule as farming. It is a lie.

    The elite want to turn the Netherlands into a gigantic transport hub with industry, warehouses, big (air) ports and nuclear plants. We, the people, are their problem.

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    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | July 3, 2022 | Reply

  2. What is the point of a pristine, natural environment if there are neither humans nor animals to live in it? The wide open spaces are all between the environmentalists’ ears.

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    Comment by Bill Francis | July 3, 2022 | Reply

    • What many environmentalists fail to see is that farmland produces far more food than a forest. They really wouldn’t want to be put on a squirrel’s diet.

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      Comment by Balthasar Gerards | July 4, 2022 | Reply


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