Dutch farmers are protesting against a law to cut nitrogen emissions.
The Dutch government has determined that nitrogen emissions must be reduced by around 50 percent nationally by 2030, and by more than 70 percent for nature reserves, to meet its climate commitments.
According to the government, this will lead to the end of about 30 percent of the cattle farms.
The Netherlands is one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural products. According to the Dutch government, nitrogen emissions have been too high in the country. The nitrogen problem is due mainly to animal farming.
The country’s highest court ruled in 2019 that the nitrogen standards may no longer be exceeded.
“We are on the verge of the entire agricultural sector in the Netherlands being as good as swept out of this country”, said Caroline Van Der Plas, spokeswoman for the farmers’ party Boer Burger Movement.
Farmers are therefore faced with the choice of converting to organic farming, or going out of business. For them, it is a matter of survival.
Cattle breeders will be hit particularly hard by the new regulation. It is estimated that around a third of them will have to stop working.
Angry farmers blocked parts of the city center and paralyzed traffic in several places across the country.
They have now extended their protest actions to supermarkets and ports. Hundreds of farmers blocked the access roads to the large supermarket warehouses with tractors. More than 20 distribution centers of the large supermarket chains were affected.
Protesters in Amsterdam square showed a poster sign that read “war has begun, we are winning.”
Farmers emptied a liquid manure tank in front of the private home of Minister of Environment, Christianne van der Wal-Zeggelink.
German farmers join Dutch farmers on the border to block Heerenberg roundabout.
Critics have said the Dutch government’s climate goals are arbitrary and will lead to a food crisis. They say a false choice is being created between saving the climate and accepting to starve for the cause.
The synthetic meat lobby has strongly backed the law to reduce nitrogen emissions. The Netherlands is an industry leader in so-called alternative proteins, or laboratory-grown meat. Dutch Professor, Mark Post, created the first-ever cultivated meat burger. Dutch Plant-based meat company Vivera (acquired by JBS in 2021 for €341 million) is a World Economic Forum partner.
The WEF advocates for a “great reset” with the slogan of “Build Back Better”. The goal is to push for a radical transformation of society worldwide, including the adoption of drastic environmental policies.
In a November 2016 Forbes article, Ida Auken from the World Economic Forum leadership strategy team, explained “the Great Reset”:
“Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city—or should I say, “our city.” I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes … Everything you considered a product, has now become a service … In our city we don’t pay any rent, because someone else is using our free space whenever we do not need it. My living room is used for business meetings when I am not there … Once in a while I get annoyed about the fact that I have no real privacy. Nowhere I can go and not be registered. I know that, somewhere, everything I do, think and dream of is recorded. I just hope that nobody will use it against me. All in all, it is a good life.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte supports the Great Reset agenda. He wrote a letter to Klaus Schwab, the founder of the WEF, thanking him for sending him a copy of his book “The Great Reset”, and calling it “a hopeful analysis of the future”.
However, when asked in parliament by Dutch politician Gideon Van Meijeiren whether he had read the book, PM Rutte pretended to have no idea about it. Then, when showed the letter, Rutte claimed the letter was a lie and that Klaus Schwab (who does not speak Dutch) follows all the debates in the Dutch parliament. Van Meijieren posted a copy of the letter on Twitter.