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EU Approves Dutch Government’s Plan to Shutter Farms, ‘Forced Sales’ Not Ruled Out

EU Approves Dutch Government’s Plan to Shutter Farms, ‘Forced Sales’ Not Ruled Out

Earlier this year, the EU gave green light for several types of insects to be allowed in food items consumed by humans.

A new plan approved by the European Union will allow the Dutch government to buy-out farms and bar the displaced farmers from ever returning to their way of life.

The buy-out scheme is part of the EU’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by destroying the European farming sector. “A key part of the Dutch strategy involves buying up and halting work at farms responsible for large-scale emissions of nitrogen,” the Associated Press noted Tuesday.

The so-called “voluntary definitive closure” plan, approved by the European Commission (the EU’s executive arm), will ban farmers, who sell their livestock farms to the state, from returning to livestock farming in the Netherlands or anywhere else in the European bloc.

“Under the schemes, the beneficiaries guarantee that the closure of their production capacity is definitive and irreversible, and that they will not start the same breeding activity elsewhere in the Netherlands or within the EU,” the EU declared in a   statement issued Tuesday.

The scheme worth over $1.60 billion seeks to close around 3000 farms across the Netherlands. “Nearly €1.5 billion will be used to compensate farmers who voluntarily close farms located near nature reserves. Some 3,000 farms are expected to be eligible,” the Frech TV channel Euronews reported Wednesday. “The Dutch ruling coalition wants to cut emissions, predominantly nitrogen oxide and ammonia, by 50 per cent nationwide by 2030.” the broadcaster added.

The Associated Press reported the details of the EU-backed scheme:

Dutch government plans to drastically cut emissions of nitrogen pollution cleared a key hurdle Tuesday when the European Union’s executive arm gave the green light to farm buyout schemes worth nearly 1.5 billion euros ($1.65 billion).

The plans to reduce nitrogen deposits — mainly by livestock farms — on EU-designated areas of vulnerable nature have sparked heated debate and widespread protests by angry farmers in this small nation that is a major producer and exporter of farm products. Dutch agricultural exports were worth 122.3 billion euros last year, according to the national statistics office.

The Dutch ruling coalition wants to cut emissions of pollutants, predominantly nitrogen oxide and ammonia, by 50% nationwide by 2030. It was not immediately clear how much of that target could be met using the EU-approved funds. Some 3,000 farms are expected to be eligible. (…)

A key part of the Dutch strategy involves buying up and halting work at farms responsible for large-scale emissions of nitrogen. However, that required confirmation from the European Commission that the buyouts do not amount to state aid that is banned under EU rules.

Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President in charge of competition policy, said in a statement that the two schemes approved would clear the way for the “voluntary closure” of farms responsible for major nitrogen emissions. (…)

The EU-backed plan may also include ‘forced sales’ that will allow the government to kick unwilling farmers from their land. “The commission approval is key to the success of the plans, which envisage thousands of farms close to environmentally sensitive areas closing down and does not rule out forced sales,” the media outlet Dutch News reported.

The government is ramming though the scheme despite massive protests from the farmers and large parts of the population. The pro-farmers party has emerged as the biggest political force in the Netherlands. In the regional elections held in March, the Boer-Burger Beweging (BBB), or Farmer-Citizen Movement became as the largest party, beating Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling conservative VVD party.

EU plays with global food supply

The wholesale destruction of the Dutch farming sector will disrupt the European and global food supply. The Netherlands, smaller than West Virginia, is the world’s second-biggest exporter of agricultural produce, behind the United States. The tiny country exported food products worth €122.3 billion in 2022, the Dutch national statistics office says.

The anti-farmers measure comes as the EU is pushing for insects to be inducted into the human food. “Insects in products such as pasta or bread, microalgae, and single-cell proteins derived from wood could feed and nourish humans and animals in the future,” an EU report published in 2020 claims.

Earlier this year, the EU gave green light for several types of insects to be allowed in food items consumed by humans. “The maggot-like larvae of lesser mealworms — a type of shiny black beetle — and house crickets will become the third and fourth insects that can be sold as food for people in the European Union, Germany’s state-run DW TV reported late January. “Eight more applications await approval.”


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It seems crazy the largest political party can’t prevent this from happening.

    retiredcantbefired in reply to Dathurtz. | May 6, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Do they have a majority in parliament?

      Close The Fed in reply to retiredcantbefired. | May 6, 2023 at 5:16 pm

      They have a multiparty system. About 8 parties or so.

      Not a majority, but a significant block. VVD, PVV are two big ones… This is a nother. Then there’s the Greens….. I think there is even a party for “old people’s interests.”

    retiredcantbefired in reply to Dathurtz. | May 6, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    For Dutch farmers, Brussels isn’t a long drive by farm vehicle.

Conservative Beaner | May 6, 2023 at 4:15 pm

You can bet the politicians won’t be going hungry or be suffering.

I abhor violence but I think violence is coming.

    BeAChooser in reply to Conservative Beaner. | May 6, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    “You can bet the politicians won’t be going hungry or be suffering.”

    Or eating insects.

    MattMusson in reply to Conservative Beaner. | May 6, 2023 at 5:19 pm

    Netzero Starvation is coming. Lucky for us it will be the poor countries that really suffer.

    The imposed shortage of fossil fuel has produced a shortage of fossil fuel fertilizer. This time next year global hunger will be up 400%. The PTB will blame the Ukraine war. But, you will know the truth.

    Without policy change we will see 2 billion people hungry within 3 years. It will be the largest Starvation Event in human history.

      JRaeL in reply to MattMusson. | May 7, 2023 at 6:56 pm

      God damn them. Do not be surprised if more nations decide young children can now consent to euthanasia even without parental cooperation provided an ethics panel agrees with the decision. We will also see a demand for more liberal abortion policies and even infanticide will become tolerated even if not made fully legal. The end goal is fewer pesky carbon snurfing bipeds so that Mother Gaia may thrive. Along with this
      Massive culling of livestock.
      Prohibitions on owning pleasure horses.
      Restrictions of pet ownership.
      Financial incentives for refusing end of life medical care.
      Again, God Damn Them.

    smalltownoklahoman in reply to Conservative Beaner. | May 6, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    My thinking exactly. I don’t think a whole lot of the Dutch farmers are going to willingly sell their property. There’s going to be some ugly forced removals coming in the next couple of years and that may light things off considering how much these farmers have pushed back already.

      I remember when Zimbabwe had ‘forced removals’ and destroyed its farming industry. Exports fell, starvation ensued. Is this what the EU wants? To create a zimbabwe in the EU? And what will happen to the land? Who will buy it and what will they do with it? I am sure this is already being planned by the salivating big money in Brussels.
      IF a majority of the population really is against this madness then they must take to the streets and show their opposition and their willingness to act. The government must serve the people else there is serfdom. The farmers must be supported IF the population wants to eat. As has been known since the development of agriculture: the farmer feeds us all.

        WTPuck in reply to lexi. | May 8, 2023 at 12:06 pm

        Yes, that is what they want. They believe they won’t face any consequences. I believe they’re wrong.

Suburban Farm Guy | May 6, 2023 at 4:17 pm

The rest of the people are ok with this? Going along with the fascists? “First they came for the farmers…”

Sig heil! You vill eet ze bugz! — Looks like you’re voting for this.

In USA, local governments can do forces sales to free up land to private corporations that promise to pay higher taxes on the property.

Suburban Farm Guy | May 6, 2023 at 4:35 pm

Meanwhile, in China…. This plan is beyond futile. From NPR(!):

“China permitted more coal power plants last year [2022] than any time in the last seven years… It’s the equivalent of about two new coal power plants per week.”

Which is probably more than AGW equivalent to 10x the entire Dutch farm output. Are the Chinese going to stop if the EU tells them to? LOL @ the idiots.

This is First World suicide. I wish they’d just off themselves and leave us normal, sane people alone.

2smartforlibs | May 6, 2023 at 5:01 pm

Hungry people are only easy to control to a point. Ask France what happens after that.

I pray the farmers and the people stand firm amd the army joins the farmers

Beyond sane

This is it, this is for all the marbles

    CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | May 6, 2023 at 5:27 pm

    IDK, when the Nation seems to have betrayed the farmers why stay? Especially after the protests yielded a big electoral victory that doesn’t seem to have stopped this insane idea. They are supposed to be offering 120% of value for the land, equipment and so on. Eff it take the $ and apply for political asylum in the US as persecuted minorities, which they are. Buy some smaller mixed farmland in rural America, lots of those for sale, and get back to doing what they love; farming.

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | May 6, 2023 at 5:54 pm

      “apply for political asylum in the US as persecuted minorities, which they are.”
      Ha ha!
      White, productive European Christians.
      I’m sure Mayorkas will get right on that!

      gonzotx in reply to CommoChief. | May 7, 2023 at 5:56 am

      There is no where to go anymore. America is not really an option unless your a non white illegal .

        CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | May 7, 2023 at 7:15 am

        There are plenty of places worse than the USA by any measurement you wish to use. That does not have to remain the case if we eff it up.

        The US is approaching an inflection point though where we choose which future to embrace; postmodern narcissism or traditionalist values. If our society chooses poorly then you may be correct.

        There are options in a few E European Countries who threw out the Commies and are in some ways more traditional than the US if that is your prime focus.

    Leave gonzo alone. She’s a good person, and you are . . . not. You want to recruit people for your glowie “revolution”? Fine, go for it, but not here.

      gonzotx in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 7, 2023 at 6:01 am

      Gee fuzzy. I know you’re being sarcastic but if you knew me actually, I am a nice person.
      . But then, you don’t know me at all.
      Kind of uncalled for but not a surprise.
      Not a surprise at all…


        Wasn’t being sarcastic at all. I think you are a good person. I don’t agree with you about Trump, but that’s hardly everything. What’s sad is that you think it is everything. Anyway, this guy glows hard, that’s all I meant.

      What you “propose” is disgusting and literal terrorism. You are either a fed or a terrorist. Starving cities, literally, by cutting off food, electricity, fuel, etc. during peacetime is sick and demented. Armed citizens surrounding cities and shutting down infrastructure until elections are fixed (somehow, presumably, you will have a list of demands)? That is terrorism, as far as I am concerned, and if you manage to recruit anyone to that cause, I will support any steps governors of those states take, up to and including a national guard response.

Mark Steyn has been coving this on detail

henrybowman | May 6, 2023 at 6:07 pm

The European Union: the Romneycare of Globalism.

The one saving grace of all these commie initiatives is that they can’t impose them everywhere simultaneously. There’s always one starry-eyed region full of greenies, grabbers, or grifters who have to rush it into production first, and then… whoops! The rest of the world gets an object lesson in what a shit-show it turned out to be, and balks like a mule at a rattlesnake.

(For example, when the UK pretty much bans all guns, and then gun violence RISES 89% in a decade, it’s pretty easy for Americans to make a slam-dunk case against gun bans.)

So the proggies’ solution is news censorship. How many here have heard how badly the spearhead introduction of Central Bank Digital Currency cratered in Nigeria? Probably very few, which is the only reason this abomination is still on track for the USA.

If your white, you ain’t right!

I can’t understand why Great Britain wanted out of the EU. The EU clearly is a freedom loving place that wants everyone to do well and have plenty of food. /SARC

    guyjones in reply to Martin. | May 6, 2023 at 9:29 pm

    And, isn’t it amazing how much excrement the totalitarian Leftists and Dumb-o-crats gave to the Brits, for possessing the temerity to reject the E.U.’s obnoxious, corrosive, prosperity-stifling and freedom-undermining diktats and fiats?

These farm closure schemes to cut emissions resemble nothing so much as Mao’s disastrous “Great Leap Forward,” writ anew by totalitarian Leftists under the banner of their fanatical environmental zealotry.

Practical consequences and common sense matter not. The vile Leftists don’t give a damn how much suffering and how many innocent bodies line the road to their chimeric “green” utopia.

    gonzotx in reply to guyjones. | May 6, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    It’s about the “green” but not not green environment

    It’s about the. Benjamin Greens

      guyjones in reply to gonzotx. | May 6, 2023 at 9:27 pm

      You refer to the Globalist Left which is profiting off of all of these “green” schemes, from EV’s, to wind and solar power-related projects, battery bank storage, etc., I assume?

Forgive me, but the Dutch eagerly rounded up 75-80% of their Jews in the Holocaust and sent them to the gas chambers, and now I am supposed to feel sorry for them?

Call me cruel and vindictive, but the only thing I feel is schadenfreude.

    guyjones in reply to Eric R.. | May 7, 2023 at 6:14 am

    Dude, anyone responsible for Dutch collaboration during WWII is long dead. How long are you going to hold a grudge? Do you feel the same way about contemporary Polish and Ukrainian citizens? That’s just a manifestly silly and unfair attitude to have, holding an entire people responsible for the sins of their forebears.

    And, it isn’t about “feeling sorry” for the Dutch. The “green” lunacy that is manifesting itself, there — foisted upon the populace by obnoxiously totalitarian and stupid apparatchiks who are indifferent to the predictably deleterious consequences of their policy actions — is representative of the same destructive lunacy that is manifesting itself in the U.S., the U.K., and, elsewhere. And, the Netherlands is such a prolific producer of agricultural products and produce that severe disruption of farming there will have an impact on markets around the world.

When will this “Great Dutch Idea” be adopted by California?

BierceAmbrose | May 7, 2023 at 2:24 pm

Hasn’t the EU been going on about various countries being all internally authoritarian, controlling, “fascist”, even?

“Hey, you can’t command-economy your citizens’ rights; that’s our job. We have this treaty here we used to paper over the authoritah we couldn’t get ratified up front. So Respect Our Authoritah!”

The EU has given the Dutch government the green light to buy out 3000 #DutchFarmers offering them 120% of the market value, ‘incentivising’ them to sell ‘voluntary’

Golly, I wonder who gets to determine the market value.

    JRaeL in reply to mjm2112. | May 7, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    Does the market value only cover land and stock costs or does it also take into account the value of the food which would have been produced had the farms remained active? Also, how much will the mass slaughter of farm animals impact the environment in comparison if they had been slaughtered on regular schedule?

Absolutely all of this is INSANE!!!. The climate change BS and then some!! Not even remotely scientific proof whatsoever. And yet,despite the protests they keep pushing forward successfully it appears the lies in brainwashing children especially in eating bugs. I see television shows doing the same thing. It must stop