Holland: Farmers Protest Govt. Policy to Shut Down Farms to Reduce Nitrogen

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Dutch farmers are fighting for their very livelihoods, taking to the streets over a climate change policy that will cap nitrogen emissions, and will lead to mass job loss across the 54,000 agricultural businesses. The policy requires Dutch businesses to reduce nitrogen emissions nationwide by 50% and up to 95% in some provinces by 2030. Cows and fertilizers are significant contributors of nitrogen oxide and ammonia. A government statement admitted that “The honest message…is that not all farmers can continue their business.” Drastically reducing herds will reduce the food supply. The government will buy some of the farms.

A small group of farmers protested outside the home of Christianne van der Wal, the Cabinet minister overseeing the Netherlands’ reforms to curb pollution and spread manure on a nearby street. At another protest, farmers attacked a police car. Other farmers have protested by using their tractors to block traffic on highways.

Dutch farmers are fighting for their very livelihoods, taking to the streets over a climate change policy that will cap nitrogen emissions and lead to mass job loss.

Video shows several farmers on the streets attacking police and emergency vehicles with sledgehammers while others chase the vehicles down and launch kicks against the windows.

According to Bloomberg, yesterday, several farmers also brought their cows to parliament to protest the policy, going so far as threatening to slaughter them on the spot.

“If the nitrogen measures are adopted, one of these two ladies [cows] will not go home but will receive a one-way ticket to the slaughterhouse,” farmer Koos Cromwijk told Dutch news agency ANP outside parliament.

The policy in question will require Dutch businesses to reduce nitrogen emissions nationwide by 50% and up to 95% in some provinces by 2030, with cows and fertilizers being significant contributors.

“The honest message … is that not all farmers can continue their business,” a government statement reads.

The agriculture industry isn’t the only one being targeted, though — aviation has also come under fire.

According to Climate Change News, by the end of 2023, Schipol airport, one of the busiest in Europe, will be forced to limit annual flights to accommodate just 440,000 passengers (12% less than the number of flights in 2019).

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wilma
wilma
1 month ago

I’m not really in favor of fertilizer made from Natural Gas or Ammonia but it would seem a better policy would be to develop a better alternative before shutting down food production. As far as them demonizing cattle as polluters, what would be happening if all the cattle and people were gone, as these globalist-communists desire? For instance if all the bison came back to the plains of the usa? No poop there for sure! No doubt they would claim all sort of pluses to bison stuff and negatives to cattle stuff. However, sane people would know they are full… Read more »

paul l
paul l
1 month ago

It is interesting to see how few people understand ag and climate change. Most of the atmospheric carbon release has come from INDUSTRIAL agricuture not fossil fuels – bare soils, plowing, chemical poisons and monocultures. HOWEVER, the wonderful hope is that with regenerative systems and holistic grazing we can reverse this AND dramatically improve the lives of millions of farmers around the world. Cows DO NOT cause carbon release if they are grass-fed on holistic grazing plans – the grasses they help to grow contain methanotropic plants. .They also provide the key to escaping from Nitrogen fertilizers – with the… Read more »

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

When you look at the present day surface of Mars, that is what these neo-Malthusian communists want to turn the Earth into – a wasteland devoid of any life due to their policies.

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Together we stand
1 month ago

Are they going to cap the many thousands of underwater volcanoes that spew TONS of so called “Green House” gases every hour? I think not, this is utter foolishness just for some to make more money, you know, The Root Of All Evil.