The plan by left-wing governments around the world to destroy food production took another step forward when the European Union approved the forcible closure of 3,000 farms in Holland. Along with this was a ban stopping the creation of new farms, The Blaze reports.
The Dutch government’s plans to forcibly close farms in their country, if necessary, was given the green light by the European Commission in Brussels as part of its plan to reduce carbon emissions.
The Blaze provides more details:
If farmers agree to the initial “voluntary” buyout, they will be offered up to 120% of the value of their business. As a condition of the buyout, the farmers must agree not to open another farm elsewhere in the Netherlands or within the EU.
Dairy, pig, and poultry farmers will be offered 100% of the value of their farm to shut down operations.
The Dutch government plans to offer one-time voluntary buyouts to the farms emitting the most nitrogen with the goal of purchasing and shutting down 2,000 to 3,000 farms. However, if not enough owners voluntarily sell, the Dutch government is prepared to move forward with “compulsory purchases” to meet its EU climate targets.
This is particularly concerning considering that Holland is one of Europe’s major food producers.
READ: EU approves scheme to close 3,000 Dutch farms and permanently ban owners from farming elsewhere
Growing concerns about famine
The left’s obsession with ending food production is bewildering because it will not only drive up the price of food but also exasperate a growing worldwide food shortage.
In January 2023, the World Bank issued a report stating that 200 million people are ‘experiencing a major food crisis.’
In its report, the World Bank stated:
This year, acute food insecurity is projected to reach a new peak, surpassing the food crisis experienced in 2007-2008. A combination of factors—including greater poverty and supply chain disruptions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, and high commodity prices—has increased food and nutrition insecurity. This is a multifaceted crisis, affecting access to and availability of food, with long-term consequences for health and productivity. […]
For most countries, domestic food prices have risen sharply in 2022, compromising access to food—particularly for low-income households, who spend the majority of their incomes on food and are especially vulnerable to food price increases. Higher food inflation followed a sharp spike in global food commodity prices, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. Average global wheat, maize, and rice prices were respectively 18 percent, 27 percent, and 10 percent higher in October 2022 relative to October 2021.
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