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After Netherlands, Ireland’s Farmers Fight Back Against EU Climate Regulations

After Netherlands, Ireland’s Farmers Fight Back Against EU Climate Regulations

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.

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.

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.”


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2smartforlibs | July 16, 2023 at 2:02 pm

Are you still confused about this being about population control not the existential can’t fix it no matter what Climate?

Sometimes farmers have always gone too far in the Netherlands.

For my own part, these considerations, of our Clothes-thatch, and how, reaching inwards even to our heart of hearts, it tailorizes and demoralizes us, fill me with a certain horror at myself and mankind; almost as one feels at those Dutch Cows, which, during the wet season, you see grazing deliberately with jackets and petticoats (of striped sacking), in the meadows of Gouda. – Carlyle, Sartor Resartus

    Wim in reply to rhhardin. | July 17, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulations on producing a piece so verbose and incomprehensible, it’s guaranteed to contribute nothing to the discussion.

Dumb-ass politicians!

JohnSmith100 | July 16, 2023 at 4:18 pm

This is about impoverishing people and then imposing a one world government on all of us.

In a few years when Europe has a food shortage they will all blame global warming instead of these policies.

Morning Sunshine | July 16, 2023 at 4:37 pm

Gee, I remember another time in Irish history when a foreign government dictated what could be grown and raised and exported in and from Ireland.

henrybowman | July 16, 2023 at 4:57 pm

“excessive presence of nitrogen”
An element that constitutes roughly three quarters of all air on earth.

BierceAmbrose | July 16, 2023 at 7:01 pm

It’s not so much like they’re bugged about farming destroying the world, but that those other people are doing it. “You can’t muck things up, that’s our job!”

When you can pin the enviro-overlords down to a rationale, it’s about externalities. “Those guys grow food, killing off the rest of us in doing it. And we don’t even get steaks out of it.”

If you don’t like getting broiled, you can pay them not to. Or charge them for the cost of the sun-burn they’re causing. Ban All The Things blows up what is working: people starve, economies collapse, and so on. It’s like it’s about who gets to blow things up.

“Up to 65,000 dairy cows a year could be culled”

I’m sure Peta is outraged.

They need IrExit.

I propose the “Save the Cows” Soylent Green solution – Climate Change Cultists volunteer for euthanasia in a number that would balance the cow emission savings desired with human emission savings. Beats eating bugs.

If you don’t already live in an area with mixed agriculture and have a relationship with a few folks who produce the food many take for granted you may want to reconsider your own future sustainability.

E Howard Hunt | July 17, 2023 at 12:19 pm

May your fields be bathed in manure a half hour before the EU Commission knows it’s spread.

David Walker | July 17, 2023 at 1:50 pm

Let them eat microchips!