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Tractor protests threaten to drive the EU's green farming policies into a ditch

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Articles like this are symptoms of an unaccountable, corrupt and anti-democratic fascist technocracy getting the kick to the groin they so thoroughly deserve. They've tried to couch their attempt to centralise control and power as environmentalism, but the farmers' protests and rising public support for them (which the corporate an government media have been trying to ignore) are having none of it, forcing fascists like von der Leyen to squirm.

Keep up the pressure, farmers.

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Take money from CEOs that provide little value to society, and give it to the farmers that feed us.

The fact that CEOs make significantly more than farmers is the sign of a diseased society.

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farmers are likely to stick with the industrial methods that exhaust soils and pollute waterways

Exactly. The system is self-defeating and failing whatever its cause, though here it was identified as "pressure from multinational food manufacturers."

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Politicians just made a complete mess of implementing rules that were constructed by blinkered activist scientists with little concern as to the real world consequences: The effect on farmers, the food supply and prices.

For years the later stages of the supply chain has sucked all the profit away from farmers, who do most of the work. People sitting at desks 9-5 make more money than people getting up at dawn in all weathers to deliver lambs.

The first thing they needed to do was ensure that farmers were going to be properly compensated for their work, regardless of any changes. That they were protecting the environment and the farmers, not the environment at the expense of the farmers.

If our politicians were competent, they would have done that, and then eased in green policies in a careful and considered manner that didn't cause this response. It just needed a few more IQ points than you find in government, and a better understanding of the real world outside the lab than you get from scientists.

The same protests are happening in Wales, and will no doubt kick off against Labour in the next UK government.

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Articles like this are symptoms of an unaccountable, corrupt and anti-democratic fascist technocracy getting the kick to the groin they so thoroughly deserve. They've tried to couch their attempt to centralise control and power as environmentalism, but the farmers' protests and rising public support for them (which the corporate an government media have been trying to ignore) are having none of it, forcing fascists like von der Leyen to squirm.

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Politicians just made a complete mess of implementing rules that were constructed by blinkered activist scientists with little concern as to the real world consequences: The effect on farmers, the food supply and prices.

Correct as well.

When salt of the earth farmers, who just want to get on with the business of tending their livestock and crops, you know, feeding the population start to protest we damn sure better take note and listen. These are not the colored hair activist types who LIVE to protest, no jobs and radiating their brand of low resolution narcissism unto the world, these farmers are hard working folk pushed to the brink by an over reaching bureaucracy intent on radically changing the game to suit their version of some sort of ideological utopia, completely out of touch with how things actually work in the real world. No wonder the narrative of this 'great(?) reset' is being questioned.

We have seen the damage that these idealogues are capable of when they get hold of power, everyone loses. Germany, Holland, Canada, New Zealand, the States.... how's things looking compared to a decade ago? The push back to unsound policies should be welcomed and encouraged, not turned into another 'deplorables' claim by those responsible.

The arrogance and contempt that permeates this article too ( do they really think we don't notice spin?) is what we really needs focus.

Listen to and support your farmers people, unless you want to see the hunger games become a reality. We are at the crossroad.

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When salt of the earth farmers, who just want to get on with the business of tending their livestock and crops, you know, feeding the population

Nearly shed a tear there.

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Many farmers will be obsolete soon with techniques like precision fermentation and companies like Solar Foods taking over.

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