The American media is largely ignoring the Dutch farmers’ protest because it drastically counters their climate change agenda and it would expose the efforts of the Netherlands to starve out their people.
The Netherlands called for farmers to reduce their herds of livestock to reduce the amount of nitrogen pollution by the year 2030. Not only would that significantly reduce their revenue streams, but it would also reduce the amount of food available for the people.
Farmers have been fighting against stricter climate regulations because the new green policies would cause many farmers to go bankrupt.
Jan Cees Volgelaar, former Chairman of the National Dairy Farmers Association, said, “There is a small group of left-wing people, many of whom are vegetarians, who have for 35 years made arguments to reduce livestock.”
That’s a problem because the Netherlands is the second largest exporter of overall food outside of the United States.
Alongside the Russia-Ukraine conflict that’s causing fertilizer shortages, there should be more production, not less. Making up for a loss in supply is the only way countries across the world continue to feed their people.
Even after massive protests against global food shortages and global climate change measures, the U.S. media isn’t reporting on the story.
The story has circulated in India and even on the Chinese Global Television Network (CGTN), but the U.S. media has been relatively quiet. The protests could have lasting implications on the global food network and the climate policies that have led to the protests could short food supplies globally.
AP framed the story of citizens running out of food because protesters were stopping the food supply.
The AP report starts, “Bales of hay lie burning along Dutch highways. Supermarket shelves stand empty because distribution centers are blocked by farmers.”
Instead of telling the true story about the government trying to tank agriculture and the impact that would have worldwide, AP calls the Netherlands agriculture industry “lucrative.”
AP also reported, “Nitrogen oxides and ammonia raise nutrient levels and acidity in the soil, leading to a reduction in biodiversity. Airborne nitrogen leads to smog and tiny particles that are damaging to people’s health.”
But, nitrogen oxide and ammonia levels have been plummeting for decades. NY Post shared a graph with 100 years of data. Since the 1990s, nitrogen oxide and ammonia deposits have been drastically decreasing.
Ultimately, the reason that American media companies want to stay away from the protests is because it would expose the effects of climate control policies and take away their ability to fearmonger people into supporting these policies.