Seeking Solutions For Dutch Farmers
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In case this new piece of information/suggestion was not seen in our previous post on Dutch Farmers Protesting Against Rigorous Nitrogen Redcution Policy To Meet Agenda 2030, be sure to read & watch the video below:
I wonder if it would have helped to resolve conflicts between Dutch farmers and their government if the Dutch government tried to educate the Dutch farmers, before making policy changes, on various new farming technologies (such as vertical and hydroponic farming) that would dramatically reduce water use, land use, need of soil, pesticides and herbicides while increase productions dramatically. That 1 billion Euro set aside may also help these farmers by subsiding new farming equipment to ease the pain of transition. Perhaps the cattle reduction needs to be negotiated further for a more smooth transition. Several other possibilities to consider: 1. Emission trading between farmers: for example, farmers that are able to have dramatic nitrogen and ammonia reduction may sell their extra credits to cattle farmers. 2. Have a nitrogen tax that would slowly increase over time; this would allow farmers & consumers time to adapt to change in addition to providing government the tax money to remediate what is needed to make up the difference between the expected and actual nitrogen and ammonium reductions. The innovative Dutch people have set many incredible examples in the past. The world is looking to the Dutch for more incredible targets in the future as well. But a smooth and peaceful transition would be far more desirable for every one involved. To that end, let’s hope the Dutch government and Dutch farmers will come to an agreeable understanding in the months to come, perhaps with a graduated policy that would allow the Dutch government and farmers revisit the topic biannually.
The latest info/video received is from that of Dutch farmer, in the video published on July 29, 2022, “Dutch Farmer Speaks“, below:
If the global effort in transitioning toward solar, wind, renewable energies, EV, vertical & hydroponic farming are in full force, every individual and every nation pitches in, perhaps the demand on Dutch farmers would not need to be so harsh. If the objective is transforming farm lands to housing, much lands will already be conserved through moving toward vertical & hydroponic farming that cattle farming may be spared somewhat. Retraining education subsidies for these Dutch farmers, be it into different forms of farming or other trades would be highly recommended. In essence, smooth and gradual change while providing hope would always be preferred.
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