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Forced Farm Shutdowns: Coming to Your Country?
A telling example of how the environmental movement is being used as a weapon
You might think that it wouldn’t happen here. But by now we need to expect the unexpected. Many Dutch farmers thought it wouldn’t happen there. But it has.
As of this writing, those farmers are in the streets protesting a drastic government plan to shut down an incredible one third of all Dutch farming. Some unarmed protesters have even been fired upon by police.
Dutch fishermen have joined in, fearing that their livelihoods will be the next sacrifice to environmentalism. Fishermen and farmers have blockaded ports, closed distribution centers, and clogged roads with tractors.
Polls indicate many, if not most, sympathize with the protesters. It’s easy to see why. It’s hard to think of a more self-destructive policy than destroying a third of your own food production. If the government shut down a third of car factories, for example, people could make do. But people cannot go without food. They will be forced to pay more and import it from other countries that may or may not have the best interests of the Dutch in mind. But the government is completely committed, to the point of shots fired, to making its people dependent on supply chains from foreign countries for its essential food supply, even after two years of massive disruptions to global supply chains.
But perhaps the most surprising part of this story is that the Netherlands is not alone. Many countries are ready to harm their own food production, people and security in the name of environmentalism. Canada is trying to cut its emissions from fertilizer use by 30 percent by 2030. The European Union is trying to twist Australia’s arm to adopt similar policies. American farmers say the government is making it even harder to produce food.
Why are environmentalists attacking our food supply?
The Netherlands is an agricultural exporting powerhouse. This comparatively tiny nation is the world’s number two exporter of agricultural goods after the United States.
Confirming stereotypes, a good chunk of this agricultural output is tulips. But the Netherlands also exports large amounts of meat, dairy and vegetables. And according to the government, that’s a problem.
Or rather, the EU has made it the Dutch government’s problem. The story of farmers having their livelihoods shut down because they’re too successful shows the power accumulated by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.
It also shows how well-intentioned rules can be twisted into insane outcomes.
In 1992, the Netherlands signed the European Habitats Directive, a document that claimed to have the noble goal of helping Europe work together to protect endangered species and habitats. It mentioned nitrogen exactly zero times. The 146-page “interpretation manual” said nothing about nitrogen pollution. The politicians who signed this, and the people voting for it, never believed this would one day be used to shut down farms.
But environmental activists and European judges thought differently. In 2019, the European Court of Justice ruled that the Dutch government was violating this directive by not doing enough to restrict nitrogen pollution. The Dutch government—which in the past fought hard against European rulings it didn’t like—finally caved in and introduced new laws to shut down farms.
The nitrogen the environmentalists are so concerned about comes largely in the form of nitrogen oxides, burned by cars, or ammonia and nitrous oxide, found in manure and fertilizer.
Belgium has been the victim of a similar court ruling. Jan Willem Erisman, a professor of environmental sustainability at Leiden University, said, “[I]f German or French activists went to court, the situation would probably be the same there.”
The EU is working to spread similar rules around the globe. It’s working on a trade deal with Australia at the moment. The EU’s summary of the negotiation’s progress discusses the nitrogen emissions of Australia’s agricultural industry at length and concludes that “negotiators are recommended to commit to stimulate further climate action in the context of the [free-trade agreement].”
Is Australia about to walk into the same trap as the Netherlands?
The EU’s push is a reflection of a global environmental focus on agriculture. In February 2020, the Guardian described growing “coalitions of politicians, activists and conscience-stricken billionaires” working to change how we use land. “Their guiding philosophy—that we should leave the land alone—upends the long dominant view that land should be cleared, plowed and wrung ever more efficiently for food,” it wrote. Long before that, in 2006, the Ecologist called agriculture “humanity’s worst invention.”
In the U.S., environmentalists regularly wage war on cattle ranchers. “Are we under assault? Very much so,” said Shawn Martini of the Colorado Farm Bureau. Utah Farm Bureau president Ron Gibson warned about environmentalists with a “goal to destroy agriculture 100 percent.”
Some of these activists are lawyers, politicians and protesters. Bill Gates is an activist and the largest private farmland owner in the U.S., with close to 1 percent of the nation’s farmland. He once said that “all rich countries should move to 100 percent synthetic beef” and that governments could “use regulation to totally shift the demand.”
Is This a Good Thing?
Many religious groups take the side of the environmentalists, so it may be a surprise to see a news outlet affiliated with a church take an opposite view. But it’s important to see the wider picture.
First, this is not to defend man’s current agricultural practices. There are serious, genuine problems with the way we farm, and some of these regulations would address them.
The Bible directly condemns exploitation of the land. Old Testament Israel observed laws that protected the soil, the environment and animal welfare. Some EU laws, like those limiting the use of antibiotics in farm animals, help promote healthier animals and better quality meat for consumers—without shutting down farms.
But the current assault on farming is an example of misguided environmental zealotry, which for many has actually morphed into neo-pagan religion. Efforts to protect the environment at all costs, often based on bad science and anti-biblical ideas, have become a weapon to attack the West, especially Britain and America.
Right now, the Biden administration is doing everything it can to make it harder for Americans to drill for oil. At the same time, it is begging countries like Saudi Arabia to increase oil production. This alone exposes the true purpose of the movement: It doesn’t help the environment, but it does hurt America.
Germany, meanwhile, is shuttering its nuclear power stations, which produce no carbon dioxide, while opening up its coal power stations. This is at the same time that the Greens party is part of the governing coalition. It’s also rolling back environmental rules to boost agriculture. And Germany claims to be a champion of environmental issues.
None of this makes sense until you realize that, for many, environmentalism is a political tool to harm America and others.
Odds are strong Trump will return to office, regaining his stolen election; he’ll have to fight the socialists to do so however,
All of us need to fight the scum in DC to save America. Biden is killing our nation w/ 9.1% inflation, the invasion of 3.2 million illegals…meanwhile bumbling Biden sold nearly 6 million barrels of oil to our enemy China’s Petroleum-Chemical Corp., the one that Hunter Biden owns a $1.7 billion stake in.
All the crap Biden has pulled on America is deliberate Treason!
The truth about the stolen 2020 United States presidential election is not going away, so Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s radical regime is doubling down on its efforts to fundamentally transform America while there is still time.
After watching the 2000 Mules election fraud documentary at the Texas State Republican Convention, June 16–18, the delegates passed a resolution in their 2022 platform, stating that the Republican Party in Texas recognizes that Joe Biden’s installment as president is the result of election fraud.
The dominant party in one of the most important states in the union didn’t stop there. It also officially called for overturning the Supreme Court mandate that same-sex “marriage” be legalized nationwide and even stated, “Texas retains the right to secede from the United States.”
On July 7, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order authorizing both the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to arrest immigrants crossing the border and deport them back to Mexico. Normally, only the federal government is authorized to enforce immigration law, but Abbott cited Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.”
Some legal analysts argue that Abbott’s order misinterprets the Constitution, but the legality of it hinges on whether or not the ongoing migrant crisis constitutes an “invasion.” Somewhere close to 10 percent of all people in the U.S. are illegal immigrants.
In “What Will Happen After Trump Regains Power,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained that President Donald Trump was the winner of the 2020 election. He further said that the Bible prophesies Trump’s return to power, yet he “will have to fight for it. It doesn’t have to be military action, but it certainly could. President Trump could also lead some states to secede from the union.” administration in an effort to stave off invasion indicates that Governor Abbott is likely to become a strong ally of President Trump in his fight to save America.
The U.S. annual inflation rate climbed to 9.1 percent in June, its highest level since 1981. The core inflation rate, which doesn’t include food and energy prices, eased to 5.9 percent. But food prices rose 10.4 percent while gasoline prices soared by an incredible 59.9 percent. Even as inflation worsened, Biden sold nearly 6 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to the China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. The investment firm of his son, Hunter Biden, owns a $1.7 billion stake in that corporation.
These nation-destroying problems are not the result of incompetence. They are the result of deliberate treason.
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