Editor’s Commentary: This is the way. Farmers across the European Union have been uniting in protest against multiple dystopian laws and changes in how governments treat farmers. Those protests bore real fruit Tuesday with the European Commission backing down on their pesticide reduction mandates.
Other victories are starting to appear regarding diesel subsidies and other changes that would destroy farmers’ ability to produce and sell food. But the farmers aren’t backing down. They’re still suffering from previous “green” initiatives as the globalists continue reimagining how to take full control of the food supply.
Similar pushes are being made by the federal and state governments in the United States. Will farmers and other citizens follow the lead of their European brothers and sisters? We will see. Here’s the news from Discern Reporter generated from corporate media reports…
The European Commission has decided to shelve its plans to cut pesticide use in agriculture as farmers across Europe continue to protest for higher product prices and relaxed environmental regulations.
The original proposal aimed to halve chemical pesticide use in the EU by the end of the decade as part of the bloc’s green transition. However, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that the proposal had “become a symbol of polarization” and would be withdrawn.
Farmers in Spain and Italy have joined the protests, with Spanish farmers using WhatsApp groups to stage informal protests and block major roads. Italian farmers, too, have begun converging on Rome from various agricultural regions, with their tractors displaying the Italian flag and banners with slogans such as “No farmer, no food.”
The protests have led individual member states to take steps to appease angry farmers, with Germany watering down plans to cut diesel subsidies and France scrapping a planned diesel tax increase.
With little progress made in the European parliament or the European Council, the task of drafting new proposals on pesticide legislation will likely fall to the next commission. Von der Leyen acknowledged that farmers “deserve to be listened to” but stressed that Europe’s agriculture “needs to move to a more sustainable model of production” that is more eco-friendly.
Unions in Spain have announced more widespread protests to begin on Thursday and last until 22 February, while Italian farmers are demanding the reinstatement of an income tax exemption that was scrapped in the government’s 2024 budget.
In the Netherlands, hundreds of Dutch farmers blocked motorways and started fires in protests that began late on Monday and continued on Tuesday, resulting in several traffic accidents and injuries.
As the European Commission prepares to announce more measures on how to reach its ambitious targets to counter climate change, it remains to be seen how the new commission, formed after the June European parliament elections, will address the concerns of farmers while balancing the need for a more sustainable agricultural model.