Despite months of enormous and widespread protests from Dutch farmers, the Dutch government will be confiscating 3,000 farms and closing them down in the interests of complying with EU environmental rules to decrease nitrogen emissions by 50% by 2030.
Of course, this means 3,000 farms’ worth of food production will be eliminated. The Netherlands is the world’s second-largest exporter of agricultural products and provides vegetables for much of Western Europe. Over half of Dutch land is used for agriculture, and that doesn’t count 24,000 acres’ worth of crops growing in greenhouses. What does the Dutch government think will happen to the price and availability of food after their “green” agenda is accomplished? What could possibly go wrong with their plans?
Next, Germany, at the behest of the EU’s green agenda, has banned farmers in one of its federal states from properly fertilizing large swathes of land. The farmers are furious; they know what will happen to yields if they reduce nitrogen fertilizer. But who cares what a bunch of peasants are bleating about?
Now Canada is doing the same thing, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pushing for a fertilizer reduction in the name of “climate change.” Let’s get rid of food. What could possibly go wrong?
Sri Lanka, of course, has been the poster-child for government interference in farming. In this island nation, the government banned synthetic fertilizers and forcibly ordered the entire country to switch to organic fertilizers instead. As a result, harvests nosedived and starvation is a very real possibility. But who cares? They’re just peasants.
Farmers the world over are already reeling from out-of-control fertilizer costs due to high energy prices. Even without government mandates, many are going out of business, unable to keep their heads financially above water. Each and every one of these losses contributes to the decline of future food availability.
“[This green extremism] is out of control,” says environmental writer Michael Shellenberger. “You would think that Sri Lanka would be a wake-up call. But we haven’t seen any slowdown.”
Having declared carbon an evil element, the global elites are now turning their attention to another incredibly common element, nitrogen. Despite the fact that it makes up 80% of the atmosphere, it’s scarcer in soil, which is why crops respond so dramatically to nitrogen fertilizers. Today, nitrogen-based fertilizers produce the food that feeds 4 billion people. But who cares if they starve? They’re just peasants.