New EU emission restrictions may force Irish farmers to cut fertilizer use and cull farm animals.
After the Netherlands, farmers in Ireland are also rising up against European Union-backed climate laws. Thousands of farmers gathered in the Ireland’s second largest city of Cork on Thursday to protests against new restrictions on agriculture and dairy farming, the Irish newspapers reported.
An environmental study—mandated by the the EU—blamed farming in Ireland for “excessive presence of nitrogen, primarily stemming from fertilisers and manures, much of which is originating from agricultural runoff and wastewater discharges,” the newspaper Cork Independent reported Wednesday.
The findings of the study will be used to further tighten emission laws, Irish farmers fear. “The outcome is that the likelihood of a reduced stocking rate under the nitrates derogation is increasing, which is a cause of major concern for farmers,” the Irish daily added.
Some images from the farmers protest in Bandon tonight where over 2000 farmers and 350 tractors gathered to make a stand to protect the nitrates derogation and stop the planned reduction in Ireland's national herd pic.twitter.com/FO0gZRGUWd
— Irish Farmers,Food & Family Channel ( Telegram ) (@IreFarmers) July 13, 2023
Besides cutting down on the use of fertilizers and manures, the Irish government is pushing ahead with regulations that require mass-culling of farm animals that may force thousands of farmers out of business. “Up to 65,000 dairy cows a year could be culled as the Government moves to bring the agriculture sector in line with climate targets,” The Irish Times reported in May. A post by Leslie Eastman last month sheds more light on EU’s inhumane plan to decimate the Irish livestock.
The Irish Examiner reported:
Over 2,000 farmers turned out to a rally in Bandon on Thursday night as frustrations and fears grow over the potential cut to the nitrates derogation stocking rate.
On foot and in tractors and trucks, attendees came from across industry and gathered in the West Cork town as they voiced their concerns about how a decrease from a maximum stocking rate of 250kg of nitrogen per hectare on dairy farms to 220kg can impact on farm incomes, livelihoods, and rural communities.
However, it was not just dairy farmers who turned out on Thursday night, with other sectors in agriculture fearing the knock-on effects the cut will have for them.
This rally came following the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent report showing that nitrates “remain too high in rivers, groundwater, and estuaries in the south-east, south-west and midlands and eastern regions”.
While negotiations are continuing, the EPA’s report has gone to the European Commission.
The report is part of the interim water quality review process of the Nitrates Action Programme. The review was required by the commission as part of granting Ireland’s nitrates derogation.
The report outlines the regions that could be required to reduce their organic nitrogen stocking rate to 220kg in 2024 under the derogation, as a result of the effect of agriculture on water quality in these areas.
This would likely see a reduction in herd numbers, and add pressure on the land market. (…)
Organised by Cork branches of the Irish Farmers’ Association, Cork Central chairman Conor O’Leary said that he has been getting a “deep sense of frustration” from farmers who want to take action against these restrictions being imposed on them.
JUST IN: Farmers in Ireland are protesting against the government's plan to slaughter 200,000 dairy cows to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
55,000 direct and indirect jobs are threatened 🚨🚨🚨
Why do governments push these crazy plans to reduce food supply?
— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) July 15, 2023
EU elites wage war on European farmers as they promote mass-migration
The EU’s war on farmers is also a war on farming communities that preserve Europe’s traditional and religious values. These rural regions often vote for conservative and right-wing parties, offering resistance to the globalist agenda of climate change and mass-migration. As Dutch politician Geert Wilders said during the recent round of farmers protests: “The real aim here is to get rid of our farmers for some leftist Nitrogen agenda and make room for non western immigrants.”DONATE
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