The Netherlands, the most efficient nation in the world to produce food, is being sacrificed to meet the CO2 targets. Death rates will rise and civil unrest will explode as people starve. As the saying goes – even an honest man becomes a thief when he is hungry. So says the well-known strategist and forecaster Martin A. Armstrong.
The Dutch government plans to buy out and close as many as 3,000 farms in the country, sparking a major protest by growers who oppose their maddened leaders’ attempts to cut the country’s nitrogen emissions by 50% now, according to the EU’s 2030 deadline All this in the face of a total lack of ANY scientific evidence that this has ever changed the climate, which historically has always changed.
Nobody wants to talk about how all the so-called scientists swore we were entering an ice age in the 1970s. Then Al Gore turned it around on his own and said no – it’s global warming. To deal with periods of cold weather they called it climate change so if it was hot or cold they would NEVER to be wrong.
Dutch politicians have now said they plan to allocate around $25 billion to buy out farmers who are robbing them of their farms and livelihoods. They now want to buy between 2,000 and 3,000 Dutch farms and strip them of their ownership.
Where the Great Depression was made really “big” because there was also an environmental crisis known as the Dust Bowl. Agriculture then made up 40% of the civilian workforce. As a result, unemployment rose to 25%. This time we have politicians deliberately trying to create a major food crisis, all in the name of climate change.
It took the Dow Jones Industrials 26 years to retest the 1929 high. The Great Depression shook the civilian workforce. It took World War II to create jobs and reduce the world’s population so that everything could start from scratch again. Ironically, the internal combustion engine was needed to replace agricultural labor, simply to avoid mass starvation.
The plan to halve nitrogen emissions by 2030 in line with EU nature protection rules seems much more drastic. To achieve that goal, the government estimates that 11,200 farms will have to close and another 17,600 will have to significantly reduce their herds.
What we need to understand is that the Netherlands, as in the 1980s, was deeply concerned that it would not be able to feed its 17 million people. They were on a mission to produce twice as much food with half the resources of a country only slightly larger than the state of Maryland.
The Dutch policy of expanding food production was realized and they became the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world after the United States. Therefore, this sudden attack on agriculture is more than just one U turn . As the Netherlands, as a major food producer, is one of the largest exporters of agricultural and food technology, this food shortage threatens to spread like a contagion.
The Netherlands annually produces 4 million cows, 13 million pigs and 104 million chickens and is Europe’s largest meat exporter. The EU is out to turn the Dutch economy upside down for this fictitious climate change theory. The Netherlands also supplies vegetables to a large part of Western Europe. They have nearly 24,000 acres—almost twice the size of Manhattan—of crops grown in greenhouses that require less fertilizer and water. Dutch farms use only half a liter of water to grow about a pound of tomatoes, while the global average is more than 28 liters.
Written by Martin A. Armstrong