[February 1, 2024] Earlier this week, large numbers of French farmers surrounded the city of Paris in protest of the EU’s Green Deal. Thousands of harvesters, tractors, trailers, and other farm vehicles blocked major highways in and out of Paris, Lyon, Limoges, and Toulouse.
Like other farmers from Ireland and Germany, they are joining a Europe-wide fightback against the Green Agenda. In the Netherlands, they are fighting their government’s restrictions on nitrogen emissions. In Ireland, the Green Deal calls for culling over 200,000 cows. And, in Germany, farmers closed Berlin in protests against tax hikes on diesel fuel, cuts to subsidies, and other new green rules.
“Every European government has proposed its own intrusive regulations or onerous tax hikes. But these are overwhelmingly driven by a common goal: to turn agriculture into a ‘Net Zero’ industry.” – Fraser Myers at Sp!ked, January 30, 2024
Unsurprisingly, these protests have gotten the attention of their governments, but little action is being taken to remove the many green rules. These regulations and taxes are part of the climate rules designed to reduce omissions that theoretically causes a rise in the earth’s temperature. The results are predictable: less food.
“[The Green Deal] is a totally disconnected project. It is an imposition from distant, out-of-touch Eurocrats, laying waste to a sector they do not understand. It seems that Europe’s elites – whether in Brussels, Paris or Berlin – are too wedded to green ideology to see the damage they are doing.” – Thierry Coué, deputy general secretary of the FNSEA farmers union and a pig breeder from Brittany
Farmer anger has been growing slowly as new green rules are implemented. But it was the proposed fuel tax hike that lit the fuse. The French farmers took to the streets in a year-long revolt against the gilets jaunes, and everyday citizens who were mad protested in the streets wearing hi-vis jackets.
This popular protest is coming on the heels of continued backlash against government overreach. Everyone understands that this green agenda would reduce the food supply in a time of global food risks.
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