Dutch Government To Employ “Compulsory Purchase” To Shut Down 3,000 Farms to Comply With EU Climate Change Agenda

The Dutch government is planning to conduct a compulsory purchase of large nitrogen emitters and close down up to 3,000 farms near environmentally sensitive areas to be in compliance with EU environmental rules. Farmers will be offered a deal over the value of the farm, according to the government plan. She asserted “there is no better offer coming” in a Friday meeting with MPs.

It comes after farmer protests erupted this summer following a government plan to reduce nitrogen emissions by 50% by 2030. Farmers understand the measure unfairly targeted the agricultural sector, which is being viewed as the largest portion of climate change emissions in the Netherlands.

Keep in mind that food prices in the Netherlands increased in all categories in June 2022. Meat and fish saw the most significant increase at 15 percent. A piece of meat cost over 16 percent more in June than a year earlier. Fish prices rose 10 percent. Dairy products also saw a big price increase at 14 percent, with butter prices increasing the most. Prices at food manufacturers have been rising for some time and increased by almost 23 percent in May 2022 compared to a year earlier.