The agricultural sector is already subsidized so that farmers can apply for almost an officer status.
‘, ‘ Maybe I exaggerate, but maybe not, if I suppose that the Dutch (and not only Dutch) agriculture has become a kind of Frankenstein monster: An industry that has nothing to do with its origins: nature; That parasitizes on EU and what is left of the Dutch soil.Which is as good as stripped of soil life, worms, insects, meadow birds, etc. and forgive nitrogen and pesticides that pollute the groundwater (and thus the drinking water) and help the surrounding nature to soap. The animals are full of hormones and antibiotics, which then disappear into the soil via the excrement. Cows that produce milk are constantly pregnant. The calves go to the slaughter. Farmers would actually prefer to keep all the animals indoors all year long where they feed (from Brazil, where rainforest has been harvested) instead of eating grass. Animals outside, that costs only money and they run danger to become ill. What remains of wood ramparts between pastures and farmland is systematically cleared up, which makes the landscape look like a desert. Mega Stables appear with tens of thousands of pigs and chickens that emit incredible amounts of nitrogen (manure). The meat and eggs are then exported all over the world, resulting in enormous amounts of CO2 being emitted again. The stables are so automated that outside the farmer, there is virtually no employment, so you don’t have to do it.
Such a system deserves no support; Such a system deserves only to be dismantled.
The alternative?An intelligent form of organic permaculture, in which different crops and animals grow in synergy, can-with the help of robotisation-lead to an efficient, affordable and environmentally friendly form of agriculture that also has a nice Landscape. And produce for the world market, that must also cease.
How do you make one the other?I do not know, although I sometimes wonder what such Louise Fresco and her Wageningen university actually can and especially want to contribute, because of taking some form of leadership I do not see much yet.
“,” The Dutch government should lay down according to which standards we wish our country to work.In the case of the agricultural sector, which pesticides and things like that.
If we demand higher standards than the rest of the world, support can be an option.Or close the boundaries.
Currently, the policy is not consistent.We do not succeed in keeping genetically modified food out of the way, for other economic reasons.
I am opposed to allowing all sorts of holes on the one hand and trying to patch them on the other side again.
So my answer would be, no, but rather in the light of other choices that the government should make too.
The Dutch agricultural sector is insanely large (and therefore polluting) for such a small country.In the Netherlands, production in agriculture and livestock farming is greatly inflated by operating very intensively and technologically controlled. The ongoing outbreak of animal diseases such as swine fever and Q fever has everything to do with it. Farmers have no idea what to do with all their manure and all those animals produce huge amounts of greenhouse gas.
If the Dutch agricultural sector would have 10% of the current size, then everything would be more balanced.
The EU supports the agrarian sctor already. The Government should consider whether the Sctor’s incrinping would not be more sensible.Or maybe the industry is more supportive?