Netherlands To Seize 3,000 Farms In Name Of Climate Change

Netherlands To Seize 3,000 Farms In Name Of Climate Change

Netherlands To Seize 3,000 Farms In Name Of Climate Change

You know the climate change aficionados have really partaken of the Koolaid when a government decides that 3,000 farms need to be forced out of business. It’s for their own good you see.

The Dutch government plans to buy and close down up to 3,000 farms near environmentally sensitive areas to comply with EU nature preservation rules.

The Netherlands is attempting to cut down its nitrogen pollution and will push ahead with compulsory purchases if not enough farms take up the offer voluntarily.

Farmers will be offered a deal “well over” the worth of the farm, according to the government plan that is targeting the closure of 2,000 to 3,000 farms or other major polluting businesses.

Earlier leaked versions of the plan put the figure at 120 per cent of the farm’s value but that figure has not yet been confirmed by ministers.

“There is no better offer coming,” Christianne van der Wal, nitrogen minister, told MPs on Friday. She said compulsory purchases would be made with “pain in the heart”, if necessary.

There are so many problems with this. Nitrogen is highly necessary for life and for sustainable agriculture practices. Secondly, the Dutch government is targeting farmers and ignoring other industries such as airlines that are more of a problem than farming is! 

Third, once 3,000 farms are gone, what impact will that have on the Netherlands making bank on the food they export? 

Exports from Dutch farming were worth a staggering 85 billion Euros last year alone; a new record. The Netherlands export its farming produce far and wide, including eggs to the American market, apples and pears to Vietnam, and the German’s seem to love Dutch produce, as they account for 25 per cent of all exports.

In fact, Netherlands is the second largest exporter of food in the world, the first is the United States. Getting rid of 3,000 farms means thousands of acres of food that will no longer be planted, harvested, nor sold. Want to bet the government will assure the farmers that they can just turn around and either build greenhouses elsewhere to grow food, or… learn to code. 

In 2019, the Netherlands passed a law that forced people to buy permits if whatever their business was emitted nitrogen. 

What the government idiots are ignoring because it doesn’t fit their favored climate change narrative is this: nitrogen is a part of all living tissue and is essential to human life. Furthermore, this pesky detail should be shouted from the rooftops and farm fields.

Around eighty per cent of the Earth’s atmosphere comprises nitrogen gas.

Not only that, but the government push to eliminate nitrogen will cause BIG problems. 

Why is nitrogen used??

Nitrogen is used as an effective way to prevent oxidation and provides a safe, inert atmosphere which “sweeps” off furnace-generated gases. This is also used as a laser cutting assist steam, that facilitates plasma cutting. Nitrogen is used in a broad variety of applications for upstream and midstream electricity.

How do you fix nitrogen?

A wide range of microorganisms called diazotrophs, including bacteria such as azotobacter, and archaea, naturally conduct nitrogen fixation in the soil. Some nitrogen-fixing bacteria, particularly legumes, have symbiotic relationships with certain plant groups.

What would happen if nitrogen-fixing bacteria did not exist?

Bacteria transform airborne nitrogen and carbon dioxide into functional components that can be used as basic building blocks by plants and animals. To living organisms, a loss of all microbes would be terrible news that they can not produce or receive such essential nutrients on their own.

Yet it wouldn’t surprise me that pointing out those annoying facts to the climate change cultists gets one banned from the cool kids table. 

In the name of science, governments such as Sri Lanka forced farmers to abandon agriculture methods that work in favor of virtue signaling. Sri Lanka is now bankrupt. Yet the Dutch government hasn’t learned that lesson.

Nope, not one bit. Instead farmers are supposed to ‘volunteer’ to have their land taken away. If they don’t, the government will seize it anyway. 

This is such a boneheaded move by the Dutch government. All because the whacked idiots at the EU have deemed nitrogen to be one of the bad guys. This isn’t science, it’s climate change madness at its very worst. 

This is a huge threat to the livelihoods of farmers across the Netherlands, and it will indeed have a negative impact upon both the food supply and exports if this entire gambit comes to fruition. 

What’s more, is the fact that people here in the U.S. will applaud this and are trying to push the same here. 

Climate change madness is a detriment to the economy and a huge detriment to society. Don’t believe me? Just look at Sri Lanka and watch The Netherlands implode if they do in fact seize 3,000 farms because it sure as hell won’t stop at that number. 

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  • Citizen Tom says:

    Exactly how nitrogen fertilizer contributes to greenhouse gas emissions is not something I have bothered to figure out. I suppose the problem is that I like eating, and nitrogen fertilizer enables me to live and exhale carbon dioxide.

    Seriously! What is with these people? Do they have a death wish? Putting farmers out of business is that dumb. What are we supposed to eat?

    Obviously, we are giving people power who don’t care about us. What they care about is having power over us. What they care about is the ego trip of exercising power over people who cannot stop them from abusing their power over them.


    80 percent of the atmosphere is elemental nitrogen. So, that is not what the Dutch government wants to eliminate. They are trying to control the emission of nitrogen compounds associated with the production and use of nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen fertilizer is expensive, and half of it is wasted. Therefore, the money the Dutch government is wasting by trying to destroy farms would be better spent coming up with technical fixes that the promise of profit would encourage farmers to implement.

    • Nina Bookout says:

      Yes, that is very true. Thanks for adding those points.

      What is astoundingly short-sighted of the government is that technology advances including various nitrogen fertilizers has led to GREATER crop yields which is a benefit to the economy as a whole. They kill that, they kill the economy.

    • Rad4Cap says:

      “Seriously! What is with these people? Do they have a death wish?”

      Yes. That is what Ayn Rand identified about these type of people a LONG time ago in Atlas Shrugged. They do NOT want to live. They want YOU to die.

  • Anna A says:

    Having a low opinion of EU bureaucrats, I suggest that they, before the Netherlands destroys the farms, go on a nitrogen free diet. That means no proteins because they are made of amino acids, and even some vitamins are nitrogen based.

    If they thrive, then the farm lands are open of being bought. (but I know that they can’t, unless they cheat)

  • Colin K says:

    Not that I support this by any means, but I think the nitrogen pollution in question here is referring to fertilizer runoff, not atmospheric nitrogen. Expropriating farms seems extreme, but fertilizer runoff can in some cases be a real issue.

  • Cameron says:

    Sri Lanka is now bankrupt. Yet the Dutch government hasn’t learned that lesson.

    “But we are wiser than those Little Brown People! We are the change the world has been waiting for. We will do this correctly! All will love us and despair!”

  • Mikkka says:

    Any shortage of production by farms shut down will simply result in more production in other countries, places that don’t care about pollution or environmental issues.

    But the “solution” of seizing farms is nicely corruptable. Seize from those who are politically disfavored, give to those that the people in power owe favors to. There are countless opportunities here. The first rule of understanding is that things are never what they appear on the surface.

  • 370H55V I/me/mine says:

    They are deadly serious about reducing the world’s population to 500 million, and are willing to use all methods to achieve that goal: starvation, war, abortion, feminism (yes, you read that last one right–feminism requires forgoing motherhood and men in pursuit of “careers” and power). This goal was explicitly stated on the mercifully destroyed Georgia Guidestones.

    Molly Elmore’s tweet is more prescient than she could imagine. Suggest she read D. Keith Mano’s satirical 1973 novel “The Bridge”, in which the ruling enviros decide that everyone has to commit suicide for exactly the reason she gave. To some extent, I’m glad Mano didn’t live to see what’s going on today.

  • whirlwinder says:

    This is part of “The Great Reset.” In communist lingo, you must destroy the existing system before you can set up utopia.

    This is not in the interest of the people. It is part of the depopulation ongoing effort by the WEF and Globalists.

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