Dutch Politicians Pressure Farmers to Cut Nitrogen Emissions to Stop Phony Climate Change

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Netherlands: Farmers are under pressure to downsize or relocate their farms, or quit, over nitrogen reduction targets set by the government that claims it affects the climate. Ammonia, a source of nitrogen created by animal urine mixing with manure, is also targeted for reduction. Holland has the highest livestock density in the world. Use of intensive factory farms is not the choice of farmers, but EU farm subsidies reward production. Wholesalers and supermarkets that demand low prices have pushed farmers toward keeping more and more animals at the lowest possible cost. The government is pitting the public against farmers by placing limits on new homes, infrastructure building and energy projects until farmers cut nitrogen emissions.

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Netherlands: Farmers are under pressure to downsize or relocate their farms, or quit, over nitrogen reduction targets set by the government that claims it affects the climate. The government is pitting the public against farmers by placing limits on new homes, infrastructure building and energy projects until farmers cut nitrogen emissions.

Farms reportedly cause 85% of ammonia emissions and 40 to 45% of overall nitrogen emissions. But they cause 60% of nitrogen deposits in conservation areas (to which they are more likely to be in proximity than industry).

There are 162 ‘Natura 2000’ conservation areas designated by EU law that are the proximate cause of the “crisis” as excess nitrogen deposits cause some plants, like grass, to grow faster, but others to wither and die. The government’s plan is for farms to cut nitrogen emissions by 12% to 70%, depending on their proximity to conservation areas. Farmers are under pressure to downsize, relocate or quit.

Farmers argue that the nitrogen ‘crisis’ only exists on paper as the models to calculate pollution are imprecise, the standards for deposits are arbitrary, and the whole problem only exists because the Netherlands declared so many areas Natura 2000 reserves.

A Dutch high court decision suspended permits for construction. It took almost three years for the Rutte coalition government to develop a policy while judges struck down construction permits for not only farms but energy companies, housing developments, infrastructure and industry, arguing building causes nitrogen emissions, and the Netherlands was already in violation of its commitment to protect the Natura 2000 regions. Some 18,000 permits were canceled or delayed. In the southern provinces of Brabant and Limburg, the electric grid can no longer accommodate any new businesses. The national housing shortage has reached 279,000.

Ammonia, a source of nitrogen, is created when animal urine and feces mix, which is a pollution problem that has become conflated with phony global warming. An expert commented that cows don’t urinate and defecate at the same time, so the manure and urine in a large pasture don’t have a chance to mix. He said that if the cows were kept outside, there would not be an ammonia problem.

Holland has the highest livestock density in the world. Intensive animal farming is not the choice of farmers, but EU farm subsidies reward production. Wholesalers and supermarkets that demand low prices have pushed farmers toward keeping more and more animals at the lowest possible cost. Animals suffer in miserable conditions, but animal-friendly farming is unprofitable.

Factory farming is a bad deal for farmers, too, as one in three earn less than the minimum wage. There are millionaire farmers, but most of the profits go to companies that process and sell animal products.

Consumers are also troubled by the system: 80% are unhappy with the meat industry, 60% support a ban on factory farming, and 50% already buy more expensive biological farm products (free-range, made without artificial pesticides).

Christianne van der Wal, the country’s nature minister, recently said: “There will first have to be nitrogen cuts before there is room for new development such as new houses and sustainable energy investments. It is our economic lockdown.” Jimmy Dore pointed out that the the government is extorting the population by not allowing both farming and building infrastructure simultaneously.

Dutch pro-farmer parties won many local elections showing that people oppose to destructive climate rules and that the government will have trouble enforcing harsh climate policies. However, the government appears to be doubling down on its nitrogen policies.

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MJRaichyk
MJRaichyk
1 year ago

I guess Americans are thinking……… They wouldn’t do that here, not with 2A, right? NOW finally the criminal biden mob have finally launched the attack on American farmers… aiming at the smaller ones, likely because small farmers are without LAWFIRMS in-house like big corporations have [article below] What to do? Timing of this move is clearly to distract from the House IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATIONS, the revival of the Kari Lake court claims on ELECTION INTEGRITY, and the Durham Report …    Our move?  Call our state govt legislators and tell them to prepare ‘resolutions’ or whatever to inform John Coward Kerry to… Read more »

Dr Arthur Patterson
Dr Arthur Patterson
1 year ago

Insane!