The EU authorized a €1.5 billion fund to buyout Dutch farmers this past week, for the purported goal of cutting nitrogen emissions, according to Euronews. (“Why are Dutch farmers being paid to close their farms?” 3 May 2023.)
Those who refuse the buyouts will face forced expropriations, thanks to measures passed in late 2022.
And the world’s food security is likely to take a huge hit as a result of the extreme measures to substantially shutter one of the world’s most efficient and productive farming industry regions.
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From restrictions on nitrogen fertilizers that would wreck farm productivity and viability, to enacting a mandate for farm confiscations, things have gone from bad to worse not only for Dutch farmers, but for millions that depend on their highly productive food output.
In November of 2022, the Netherlands government committed to a mandatory farm buyout scheme for the first time, as reported by The Guardian and other news outlets. (“Up to 3,000 ‘peak polluters’ given last chance to close by Dutch government,” 30 Nov 2023.)
The country’s “Nitrogen Minister” (yes, there is such a position in Dutch government) Christianne vande Waal, said about the measure:
“For agricultural entrepreneurs, there will be a stopping scheme that will be as attractive as possible. For industrial peak polluters, we will get to work with a tailor-made approach and in tightening permits. After a year, we will see if this has achieved enough.”
The expropriations are set to begin this year for farm businesses that resist being sold to the government as part of a currently “voluntary” program.
It’s all part of “carbon zero” UN climate agenda goals that a growing number of critics are warning will create massive food shortages, and lead to hunger and death, especially of vulnerable poor in third world regions.
Some of the specific goals of the shuttering of Netherlands farms include reducing overall livestock by 30 percent by 2030, reducing pigs and chickens by 50 percent, and drastically cutting nitrogen use.
The Netherlands may be a small country in terms of geographic size and population (about the size of the state of Maryland). But its cutting-edge technology and superior farming knowledge have made it the second largest exporter of agricultural food products to the world, behind only the United States, as The Washington Post and others have acknowledged. (“Netherlands is the second-largest exporter of agricultural products,” 21 Nov 2022.)
The Post said that besides innovating with vertical farming, seed technology, and robotics in harvesting and milking, Dutch farmers also lead in efficient water usage, and in reduced methane and carbon emissions.
But none of that has been enough to satisfy climate zealots who are celebrating the latest crackdown.
On the other side, over 10 thousand farmers and supporters protested in March at the Hague, against nitrogen limits many believe constitute a degrowth and depopulation war against humanity.
As Reuters reported at the time, farmers carried signs pointing out, “No farmers, no food.” (“Dutch farmers and climate activists protest over government policies,” 11 Mar 2023.)
Swedish journalist Peter Sweden interviewed one young Dutch farmer concerning the predicament of his family’s livelihood:
TRENDPOST: Jordan Peterson has called the policies of climate change extremists “hypothetically well-meaning, diluted pseudo-religious environmental worshippers of the apocalypse. It’s an appalling situation.”
But many still don’t realize the climate change agenda as an outgrowth and subset of an even more pernicious Degrowth movement, which is becoming more openly acknowledged as a radical goal of governments, NGOs, and environmental organizations.
For more about the Degrowth movement, see “INSIGHTS ON THE TECHNOCRATIC ASCENDANCE, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR HUMANITY” in this issue.
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● “FROM COVID WAR TO CARBON WAR: THE THINLY DISGUISED GOAL OF SMART CITIES” (27 Sep 2022)
● “DON’T CALL IT DRAGFLATION, IT’S ‘DEGROWTH’ SAYS WEF” (21 Jun 2022)