40,000 angry German farmers have blockaded the Unter den Linden with with 8,600 tractors displaying placards which read,
‘Farmers feed you’, or ‘Without us, you would be hungry, naked, sober’
This was in response to the German government’s new agricultural package. Essentially farmers are upset that officials haven’t consulted them over proposed changes to reduce the use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers by 20%.
Government studies have targeted farmers for nitrate (from fertilizers) finding its way into groundwater, Farmers admit some of it comes from fertilizer but a lot of it comes from the poor state of wastewater treatment plants.
Farmers rightly see a 20% reduction in fertilizer only reduces yields and impacts income placing more pressure on family run farms to survive.
Where did such legislation come from? Of course. Our old mates in Brussels. The European Court of Justice ruled the German government hadn’t taken strict enough measures on curbing nitrate in the water, opening them up to EU fines. So knee jerk reactions resulted. It gets worse.
Perhaps what the mainstream media failed to notice was an obscure passage tucked in the conclusion of a December 2019 report titled ‘Designing an effective agri-environment-climate policy as part of the post-2020 EU Common Agricultural Policy‘ which said,
“Meanwhile Germany should make use of the new design opportunities in its national implementation to gradually shift the CAP away from its focus on income and align it more consistently with objectives that serve the public good, focusing particularly on the environment, climate action and animal welfare.”
Why doesn’t Angela Merkel just cut farmers a cheque and nationalise farming? Or is it better for her to get her ministers to bankrupt these climate change deniers and pick up the scraps and embark on 5 year plans where meat production can be halted? Maybe the best thing for the farmers to do is keep driving east and see how much a Romanian farmer will give for a 2nd hand Klaas tractor.