More Than 10,000 Dutch Farmers Protest Nitrogen Emissions Policy

More than 10,000 Dutch farmers traveled to The Hague to protest against the government’s nitrogen emissions policies. The farmers carried banners reading, “No farmers, no food” and “There is no nitrogen problem.” A campaigner defending Dutch farmers, Eva Vlaardingerbroek, tweeted, “We are fighting against a corrupt and unjust government,” noting the government “simply created a lie to steal our farmers’ land.”

From Remix News:

Last year, the government announced plans to reduce livestock numbers by a third, while farmers have also been told their land could be subject to compulsory buyouts.

Agricultural workers have staged several demonstrations against the government policy, blocking motorways and supermarket distribution centers in mass protests last year.

“These reductions are so severe that those rural communities will be totally devastated economically,” said Sander van Diepen, a spokesperson for the Dutch agricultural and horticultural association, LTO Nederland, in June last year.