The bigger picture: Hot summer!

Photo: ANP
Photo: ANP

It was the start of a long hot summer with nationwide protests, blockades and stunts organised to register widespread opposition to the government’s nitrogen reduction plans.

Photo: Bert Jansen
Photo: Bert Jansen

According to the models used by legislators, nitrogen emissions have to be reduced – ranging from 12% to as much as 95%, depending on the location – to protect vulnerable areas of nature. It sees quick gains can be made by reducing the livestock sector by up to 50%. Hence the strong reaction of the agricultural community.

Farmers accuse the government of having tunnel vision based on a theoretical emissions model, solely focusing on agriculture, and ignoring nitrogen emissions from industry, aviation, traffic and neighbouring countries.

Although most protests were of a peaceful nature, some took on a more grim character. With the government and farmers at loggerheads, there appears to be little common ground for negotiation.

Photo: ANP
Photo: ANP
Photo: Mark Pasveer
Photo: Mark Pasveer
Photo: ANP
Photo: ANP

 

Brockotter
Fabian Brockotter Editor in Chief, Poultry World



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