NETHERLANDS — Six hundred Dutch farmers face the forced sale of their farms to their unmoved national government in the next year, according to a recent report by GBNews.
In an interview with the UK-based news organization, political commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek highlights Dutch farmers’ continued outrage with the Netherlands government in the wake of the recently announced farm buy-up plan. It’s a key measure in a new environmental report released by the Dutch state in reaction to farmer protests that have roiled Holland since the spring, after a precursor report sparked great upset in the ag sector.
“The outcome of the new program is worse. They’re going to expropriate, forcefully buy out, 600 farms in the next year,” Amsterdam-based Vlaardingerbroek tells Mark Steyn in the online broadcast, adding dismissively, “but it sounds a little nicer in the way that it’s written in the little text.”
“Instead of changing anything, they just changed the tone,” she said.
By forcibly cutting the number of cattle and farms, as well as fertilizer used in agriculture, the Dutch government aims to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from agriculture — all in pursuit of controversial climate change goals.
See the interview below.