Netherlands to *force* compulsory buyout of 3000 farms
You do get different perspectives of this depending on who's worldview you read from. Sure, a reduction in harmful practices is good, but strong threats from govt. given instead of assisting in better, less harmful practices, in my opinion, is totally wrong and very cruel & short-sighted. If the farmers don't accept the payouts, the threat is to take their property by force. So, fear & coercion, or force. Either way, the government takes it away. What sort of choice is that? This is not the right nor moral way to reduce this alleged problem of nitrogen pollution. It's far from it.
Those targeted are most likely not only the big producers, but likely small family farms as well, and 3000 farms is a lot, and will affect many families.
This is another short-sighted case of heavy-handed, ignorant & controlling government officials who've never left city life, with no understanding of how any farming works, making the rules for rural folks, at the expense of others (not themselves in their cushy positions) & the national economy. It also doesn't help solve any food shortages locally nor worldwide.
Once the government holds this land, it most likely will never be in private hands in the future ever again. It will be a big blow to rural life in that country.
I know some Canadians have expressed concern about this sort of thing happening here. There are huge indicators at this being in our farming culture's fairly near future, even though Canada already has very low usage & strict rules regarding nitrogen usage. There are issues with conventional farming practices, and you know I do voice my opinions on it, but this buyout is not the answer in any country. Encouraging farming on a smaller scale & using regenerative farming methods, is a wiser and kinder plan to everyone & the environment.
Both of these news articles are behind a pay wall, but you can get a basic idea of what is happening from two perspectives. I guess you now know mine. 🤔
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