During the course of 2022, many Americans climbed a steep learning curve concerning the “Climate Cult, World Economic Forum, Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG), Technocratic, Anti-Oil” nexus eagerly attacking freedom around the world. And part of that learning curve involved the calamitous Sri Lankan government ban on nitrogen-rich, man-made fertilizers – a ban that resulted in massive food shortages, widespread hunger, and a near revolution.
Nick Kangadis wrote about it in July, and I followed up a few days later, both of us noting that other collectivist governments (such as the Netherlands and Germany) were following the Climate Cult down the poisonous path of restrictions on petrochemicals and on man-made fertilizers.
Now, the German government – whose dumb push for “wind” and restrictive petrochemical energy policies already have shown the rulers to be towering bullies working against the interest of those living under their proverbial thumb – appears ready to make things a lot worse.
Peter Caddle reports for Breitbart that, as of December 1:
“… the use of nitrate fertilisers has been greatly restricted for large swathes of farmland in North Rhine-Westphalia, with the green agenda change greatly angering farmers as it is likely to drastically reduce yields.”
As a quick aside, I’d like to note that when I was a teenager, I worked many years for a local farm stand, which had as part of its acreage, a lot of apple trees. A friend and I spent many pleasant summer days sprinkling nitrogen-based chemical fertilizer around the bases of the trees, because the mix so rapidly absorbed water vapor from the air. It worked so quickly, in fact, we had to use rubber gloves to handle it, because the mix would burn off the upper layer of skin from our hands. Leather gloves would look and feel like dried-out relics, mummified, hard as wood, because all the liquid had been pulled from the material.
These are important chemicals, and farmers know what they are doing when they buy them in order to increase yields and drive lower prices for customers.
Less chemical fertilizer means smaller yields. Smaller yields mean hungry people.
“While implemented by authorities in Germany, the ban is ultimately at the behest of the European Union, which is pushing to reduce the amount of nitrogen in certain parts of Europe as part of its green agenda.”
And this leads us to remember the principle of politics known as “spheres of control,” by which one learns that the larger the area of control, the less likely the “rulers” will have valid information, the more likely they will be to hurt people, and the more likely that the number of people they hurt will be vast.
Caddle also correctly notes:
“The policy has already wreaked havoc in the Netherlands, with the Dutch government now looking to either buy out or forcibly close up to 3,000 farms to meet targets set by Brussels.”
Indeed, the policy truly has wrought havoc in the Netherlands, sparking nearly a year of massive protests, and the resignation of the Dutch Agriculture Minister in September. But the suffering farmers have seen little drawback of actual policy. In fact, the bureaucrats plan to make things worse, as 18,000 Dutch farms helplessly watch the approach of a 2026 European Union “permission cap” of 170 kilograms of manure per hectare that also will slam many other farmers across the bureaucratized EU.
And, when the victims and potential victims have protested? The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, portrayed them as the bad guys:
“‘Freedom of speech and the right to demonstrate are a vital part of our democratic society, and I will always defend them,’ Rutte said. ‘But … it is not acceptable to create dangerous situations, it is not acceptable to intimidate officials, we will never accept that.’”
Remember, if the mafia moves into your neck o’ the woods and starts to push you around, to defend yourself is to engage in “intimidation.”
And the gaslighting EU bureaucrats and German government goons are doing the same thing to German farmers, telling many of them to use 20 percent less fertilizer.
German news site Bild reported that a third of the total usable farmland in North Rhine-Westphalia falls under the new restriction.
As is often the case when looking at stories such as this, it’s constructive to remember the baseline of freedom, and not become inured to the normalcy bias that accepts tyranny because it’s “part of how things work.” There is no moral, economic, or ethical prerogative for one man or woman to tell another how he or she can peacefully use his or her property, and the Climate Change agenda has within it a propagandistic tool of data-manipulation-dog-piling, by which government-tied so-called “scientists” at places such as the University of East Anglia or the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA - enjoy finding that in the U.S. Constitution) use unreliable numbers to claim that YOUR use of carbon-based fuel or petrochemical-based fertilizer is contributing to a generalized temperature apocalypse, therefore, is a “harmful” act that can be “regulated.”
It's bogus and criminal. And it leads to hardship, as has been wrought in Sri Lanka, where the dashing of chemical fertilizers has led to hunger, and in the Netherlands, where the farmers are near revolution.
We can learn from both the fakery of the Climate Cult, and the imperious nature of political organizations like the EU and German government, allowing us to see the wisdom in the Golden Rule, in peace, and in small, localized, individual decision-making.
These are warnings, and it sure would be respectful of the folks being harmed if more of us would pick up the news and share it with others.