The agriculture did put themselves in the spotlight. On the Malieveld in The Hague even. A place specially dedicated for demonstrations. They showed their discontent how they are being looked and also by how the climate troubles is hanging a sword above their heads.
Cause of all this is the verdict by the Raad Van State looking at the nitrogin rules. The agrarian sector and in special livestock breeding is a major contributor in this. But there are other causers as well.
A clear and transparent picture is lacking. At the point of who is doing what there is not a with authority , so through and by objective experts with uniform and correct measurements , made report presented by the responsible minister at prime time to the people. Apparently this is to much asked for. So far the failing government and democracy.
The government also should for once have a look at their own name. To govern is to look ahead. Give and make a structure for the long term. At least there should be time to have a just return on investments. So offer a good vision where we are heading for. Also a timely reaction instead of a decennia long ostrich behaviour. Let a judicial authority come with a finding who is all responsible for this actual misdirection. Mark Rutte has , without a doubt , had the role of final responsible person. So that makes already one.
Looking at the livestock there where things going on of which I think: How in the hell can this be. Fishery with add of electric pulses was an experiment. The milk quotum was abolished. Nitrogen rulings have been made. Also the livestock is biggest contributor (/causer) of the CO2 problem.
The last problem is known for decennia but by the “old” club of Diederik Samson , so Greenpeace , Het laatste probleem is al decennia bekend maar door de “oude” club van Diederik Samson , Greenpeace dus , deliberately not put on the agenda and so remained a “blind spot” for most people. If that was not the case the sector would have been on time to reform their business in a gradual way. That opportunity has not been taken.
The nitrogen rulings have been put aside by the government and ignored as long as possible. But now they have to react all of a sudden. Governing is not a last minute reaction but acting timely. Another negative point.
Phosphate rulings where already in the air for a long time. But they did not look up and so again a late reaction.
The milk quotum was abolished and so the “smart farmer” started milking abundantly and increased their livestock considerably. Not that they could increase their revenues. The supply and demand principle just lowered the price per liter. Nice for the countries who are importing it. The local farmer there just got it harder to make a living. Additional effect was that because of the phosphate rulings more than 100.000 cows could visit the slaughter house. If the cows are not giving enough milk anymore they go there anyway. The farmers can say that they love their cattle but there not many who walk down the last few meters with them and look them for the last time in the eye before they abruptly are slaughtered.
Also I am curious if Carola Schouten or her predecessor was smart enough to send those cows that lived near the now so famous natura areas. I wonder.are nBen ook benieuwd of Carola Schouten of haar voorganger zo slim was om in ieder geval die koeien daar heen te sturen die in de buurt leefden van de nu zo bekende natura gebieden.
The fishery with add of electric pulses that as an experiment , so temporary and very small scale , was allowed by the European Union was in Holland implemented on a full scale and utilized. The VOC mentality is still fleeting here. If they can make money and business they are very capable. Let Thierry Baudet also make a you tube movie how we in that Grand Golden Age created the first plundering and exploiting multinational.
Coming back to the livestock business. Their slogan was No Formars No Food. As people we can react with No Subsidies No Farmers . I understand that they are doing their best and think they are doing the right thing for animals but that is not the whole and right story. They are exporting around 70% of what they are producing. So we are sitting in the “shit” because we are producing for others. We even put subsidies in it. Sponsoring more or less our own CO2 problem.
About the fact that food , for which nature mostly abroad is destroyed , is being given to livestock is a matter from which the world is not becoming a better place. From less or no meat people are really not getting worse. The world is however getting better from this. Now and in the future. Soon we all will have wet feet and there will be plenty of water. Salt water. Than there will not be any farmer anymore. The tractor will corroding and the alga will have found new grounds to grow.