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Dutch Farmers Launch Massive Drive-in Protest After Government Implements Radical Green ‘Agenda 2030’
LITTLE ATTENTION has been paid in the press to the farmers’ protests in the Netherlands. The reasons—for the discontent of the population and also for the silence of the press—are quite similar to those of the truckers’ protests in Canada. Basically, the government does not want to let the farmers produce and work, this time, because of Agenda 2030. Therefore, they have decided to blockade the country and rise up against the dictatorial measures of the Brussels bureaucrats.
Let’s recap: the Dutch government announced in June the mandatory lowering of nitrogen emissions to 70%, even 95% in certain areas of the country, with the alleged purpose of “taking care of nature.”. This is primarily wiping out much of the nation’s agricultural activity and subjecting the population to prolonged starvation in the name of climate change and Agenda 2030. In the Netherlands, citizens are protesting this as the measure is sponsored by the European Union in collusion with Western mainstream media.
The presumed aim is to curb the emissions that cattle farming produces with its digestion of feces and urine. The Minister for Nature and Nitrogen Policy, Christianne van der Wal, commented on this: “We have to emit much less nitrogen, and unfortunately the agricultural sector emits a lot of nitrogen. They have done a lot to emit less, but unfortunately, it is not enough. We still have to reduce it a lot more.”
Currently, the world’s largest agricultural exporter is the U.S., with an industry increasingly regulated by environmental policies, and in second place come — yes, you guessed it— the Netherlands.
As the world’s second-largest agricultural exporter, it is of fundamental importance to the world’s food supply. According to European media, there are some four million cows, 12 million pigs, and 100 million chickens in Holland, so a limitation in its activities, together with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the high levels of inflation in Europe and the United States, could cause a monumental famine even in developed countries. But let’s go on with our subject.
What the Dutch government is proposing
European bureaucrats sat down to define the environmental guidelines for the coming years, in a macro plan called Agenda 2030, which, among others, has the premise of “own nothing and be happy,” in addition to “eat less meat.” No, this is no joke. It was determined by the World Economic Forum in 2017, which skillfully moves the puppets in Brussels.
However, the European Union’s radical guidelines to “stop” emissions only fit in the minds of officials far removed from reality and believe they can work miracles with climate, gravity, air, and life itself. If tomorrow the bureaucrats in Brussels say that men can survive 30 days without a bite to eat, then go ahead, they will know better.
In that sense, the Dutch bureaucrats have obeyed the European guidelines to the letter, and have determined that in the entire territory emissions must drop by at least 50% by 2030, and give farmers who are not comfortable with the mandate three options: find a magic sustainable formula, relocate, or close operations. It’s that simple.
Farmers’ associations present at the protests have complained. Sjaak van der Tak, the head of the Agriculture and Horticulture Association claimed: “Our members say enough is enough, we have reached the limit. That means we will prepare appropriate actions to make it clear, in a dignified way, that these plans are unacceptable.”
Other protesters have taken to the streets with signs and slogans stating: “They can’t just close farms that are hundreds of years old. They can’t,” and “Farmers’ futures are being destroyed.” The most chilling of all read, “Our children are afraid,” evidently of running out of food.
To the protesters’ pleas, the Government has responded: “The honest message is that not all farmers can continue their business.”
The farmers further argue that they are being viciously scapegoated and used as scapegoats, as other industries, such as aviation, construction, and transportation create more emissions and receive far less regulation. They also claim that the government wants to force them out of business without giving them and the rest of the population that depends on their food production much choice.
Over the past few days, even confrontations between farmers and state forces have escalated, resulting in exchanges of gunfire. So basically, the Dutch are protesting against their own government to be allowed to work and eat, and the bureaucrats are throwing security forces at them to prevent them from being able to work and eat.
That’s the way the world is these days. Agenda 2030 is no joke or conspiracy theory.
Emmanuel Rincón is a lawyer, writer, novelist and essayist. He has won several international literary awards. He is Editor-at-large at El American // Emmanuel Rincón es abogado, escritor, novelista y ensayista. Ganador de diversos premios literarios internacionales. Es editor-at-large en El American