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Armed Dutch police breaking up farm protest against EU environmental radicalism.[1]

Dutch farmers are important opponents of global warming alarmists in Europe. Dutch livestock farmers have been protesting liberal attempts to reduce livestock by 30% by 2030 and requirements to reduce nitrogen fertilizers. Protests against anti-farming regulations of the EU -- which require up to 70% reductions -- spread across Europe in the summer of 2022: "Now, in a show of solidarity, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish farmers have launched protests, in what is fast becoming an EU-wide campaign against 'anti-farming' policies."[2]

In the Netherlands, 54% of the country is farmland, and in 2020 there were 16,000 dairy farms. There is one cow for every ten persons, totaling 1.59 million cows in the small country.[3]

Merely twice the size of the small state of New Jersey, the Netherlands was the third-largest dairy exporting country in the world in 2019.[4] The Netherlands is the largest exporter of meat in the entire EU. In 2019, Dutch farms exported an estimated 94.5 billion euros in goods.

Cow herd sizes are only a third in the Netherlands compared with the U.S.:

The average herd size in [the Netherlands in] 2020 was 101 cows. By comparison, the U.S. had 9.3 million dairy cows in 2020 with an average dairy herd size of 297 cows.[4]

The protests have included block distribution centers with cars. Fisherman have supported the protests even though not directly affected by the livestock issue.

Supermarket beef shelves have been left empty by the protests, frustrating consumers initially unaware of how radical environmentalists are causing it.

Dutch police have fired at farmers protesting European Union climate change rules.[5][6]

Lobbying group

The farmers' lobbying group, called "LTO", represents about 30,000 farms (half of the total in the Netherlands explained in 2022:

The government does not offer any space to enter into a real conversation. Under these conditions, speaking with the mediator is pointless.[7]

The LTO referred to the new nitrogen reduction target as “simply unfeasible.”

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