According to a report, the Dutch government proposed new laws that will essentially limit the number of cows per acre to two to meet European Union climate change objectives by 2030.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has not yet given his blessing to a proposal that would restrict 0.35 hectares of pasture per livestock group to reduce nitrogen emissions by cutting back on methane gas. This would put additional pressure on relations between farmers and the Dutch government.
Since the government proposed new laws for the farming business, including the seizure of acreage and cattle, there has been a public revolt in the Netherlands, the second-biggest exporter of agricultural goods.
According to the report, a leaked government document intended for discussions involving farmers and government revealed the new idea that would set a restriction on the number of cows.
The paper, which references research conducted at Wageningen University & Research, claims that the Dutch government has to reduce cattle production by 30 percent to meet its climate change targets.
Farmers organized themselves into their own political organization, the Farmer-Citizen Movement (BBB), now the biggest party in all 12 provinces.
As a direct consequence of the tractor demonstrations in February and March against farm buyouts, the BBB was victorious in regional elections in March. Farmers collected their tractors, blocked highways throughout the country, threw hay barrels and dung on the roads, and occupied government buildings, attracting international attention.
A report reveals that In the Netherlands, the average amount of cattle per football pitch-sized field is roughly 3.5. Hence the practice of keeping just a pair of cows is reducing farmers’ revenues by 40%.
In an effort to substantially cut down on the quantity of meat produced and eaten, some people have proposed restricting cows to what amounts to one animal per acre. They do not want you to eat meat. Therefore, they’re going to make it more costly.