By TONY MOBILIFONITIS
DUTCH farmers are furious and in a fight for survival as green politicians attempt to shut down 30 percent of the nation’s livestock supply allegedly to stop “nitrogen pollution”. Watch for similar moves by Australia’s new Labor Government that has signed up to the net-zero insanity.
The Netherlands has 100 million head of cattle, pigs and chickens and is a major exporter of meat across Europe. The protests forced Prime Minister Mark Rutte to break off his visit to Madrid, where NATO was inducting Sweden and Finland, and condemned the protests.
The Farmers Defence Force has resorted to blockades of major highways and is threatening to go to airports next in an attempt to stop their government’s EU-dictated “compulsory climate edicts” to cut nitrogen use by 30 to 70 percent.
Nitrogen pollution, to the extent that it does exist, is a temporary problem caused by over-use of nitrogen fertilizer that gets washed into waterways, causing algal blooms. It’s a technical issue that can be solved by more precise application. It certainly does not warrant the wholesale shutdown of farms.
New Zealand dairy farmers have to deal with the issue, but as far as we know there’s been no shutdown of productive land to stop it there. Instead Kiwi farmers have to contend with a “livestock emissions” (fart and burp) tax to be imposed by Jacinda Ardern’s Labor Party.
In The Netherlands arable and livestock farming is blamed for “41 percent of the nitrogen-based pollution in habitats” which EU environmental law designates as “Natura 2000 locations”. It probably never occurred to the EU bureaucrats that farms are also habitats for all sorts of animals, wild and domestic.
Dutch farmers, who have a long and proud history as high-quality food producers, are not willing to comply with the ill-considered and sinister move to shut down farms, which just happens to coincide with their government’s promotion of lab-grown fake meat for public consumption.
Internationally it also coincides with the Gates Foundation buying up North American farms and the highly suspicious destruction of US food processing plants.
It also coincides with the bizarre push at the Glasgow COP26 Conference to encourage the eating of factory-farmed insect protein. It’s “more sustainable”, the climate cultists tell us.
Late in June the farmers blocked the border between Holland and Germany and visited the residences of politicians to make their anger known.
“Our country is run according to the rule of law, not the rule of the tractor,” said Jan Paternotte, parliamentary leader of the Democrat 66 party, a so-called “social liberal” party similar in outlook to the left-leaning Australian Liberals and Teals. Paternotte did not explain how forced shutting down of farms by bureaucrats aligned with “the rule of law”.
FDF leader Van den Oever, a pig farmer, compared the position of farmers to the persecution of the Jews during World War 2 and threatened blockades of roads and food supplies.
The country’s main farming lobby group LTO called on farmers to protest ‘appropriately’ and said using tractors was justified but not at politicians’ homes.