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Approximately 40,000 farmers in the Netherlands have taken to the streets last month to protest their government’s goal of cutting emissions. The protests have caused food production to decrease and grocery store shelves to go empty as the farmers have blocked the entrance to grocery store warehouses to prove a point.
By 2030l, the Dutch government wants to boost the quality of the air, land, and water by reducing nitrogen and ammonia emissions by 50%, according to Fox News. These plans include reducing the amount of fertilizer used on farms and reducing the number of cattle by roughly 30%.
These plans have been in place for years, as many have demanded that more measures take place to protect nature reserves and marine life. Initially, the government intended to roll out the plans more slowly—until a 2019 lawsuit launched by environmental groups compelled an expedited schedule. In May, a Dutch high court paused permits for projects it deemed polluted nature reserves with nitrogen compounds, effectively curbing business for farmers.
If the government proceeds with its mission of curbing emissions by 2030,1/3 of farms in the country could shut down. These goals could force many farms to shutter and put many farmers out of business.
This could not come at a worse time. The Netherlands is one of the largest agricultural goods producers worldwide. The contribution of Dutch farmers to the global food chain is extremely important right now because of food shortages and rising food costs. The risk of food insecurity and hunger as a result of the farms shutting down is a greater immediate threat than the emissions. Plus, in the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the arguments for this move are looking more and more flawed.
Many international figureheads have expressed concern about global hunger and starvation. They’ve also expressed concerns about how the current international landscape can exacerbate and instigate an already potentially looming global food crisis. Just last month, the United Nations in particular warned of “unprecedented global hunger crises.”
“We face an unprecedented global hunger crisis. The war in Ukraine has compounded problems that have been brewing for years: climate disruption; the COVID-19 pandemic; the deeply unequal recovery,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said.
This is the same organization that created the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in September 2015, which the Dutch government sought to appease by cutting emissions. The agenda is supposedly a blueprint for advancing sustainable industrial agriculture and sustainable consumption and production globally, amongst other things. However, as we have started to see, trying to implement this agenda threatens to usher in the worldwide hunger they are warning us about.
Far-right Dutch politician Thierry Baudet spoke with The Epoch Times about the matter and nailed down my sentiments exactly. This is all a part of the larger globalist agenda to reset the food economy and have everyone eating bugs and 3D-printed meat as “sustainable” alternatives to regular food.
“The real point here is the Great Reset, mass migration, [and] transnational governance. And that’s why the people have to become atomized—they have to lose their connection with the land. And that’s why they’re hitting the farmers,” Baudet told The Epoch Times.
All these disasters are being created by design. They are manufacturing crisis after crisis with their disastrous policies all while “warning” us. How can we accept such doublespeak?
“How is it possible that in an age where everybody’s talking about the possibility of food shortages, of insecure supply chains, the Dutch government is pursuing this policy which will lead to even more dependence on international supply chains and, thus, uncertainty for the Dutch people?” Baudet said.
An op-ed in the Irish Times also argues, “…the Government has no idea what the economic or social impact will be on farmers or the rural economy,” with regards to the Irish government following the same European Union guidelines. But I beg to differ.
As Baudet put it, “The answer is the people governing this country are following the script written by the EU, to realize what they call a Great Reset. They want to make us more dependent on international supply chains. They want to weaken Dutch sovereignty and autonomy.”
The government knows that the measures they are asking of the farmers will cause many of their farms to become extinct, thus creating a larger hunger crisis. These institutions are not innocent bystanders trying to help figure out the problem. They are intentionally causing these issues, knowing the impacts it will have on both the farmers and global food production.
“The honest message… is that not all farmers can continue their business,” and those who do will likely have to farm differently, the government said in a statement, ABC News reported. They are telling us to our face what they plan to do.
This farmers’ protest is a sneak peek at what is to come for the other 192 nations signed onto Agenda 2030.
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