Tractor protests threaten to bury the European Union's ecological agricultural policies

Published Feb 26, 2024

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Farmers across the European Union are protesting against environmental policies aimed at combating climate change and protecting biodiversity, arguing they harm their livelihoods and create excessive bureaucracy. The protests have led to politicians at both European and national levels committing to withdraw some measures, causing environmentalists to fear a weakening of standards and a threat to the European Green Deal. Despite this, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen remains committed to finding solutions for farmers. However, recent actions such as shelving an anti-pesticide proposal and allowing farmers to use land previously left for biodiversity, indicate a shift in her environmental strategy.
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WESTROZEBEKE, Belgium (AP) — It was the puddles of green mud left by huge tractor tires in Belgian industrial fields that caught the attention of agricultural engineer Ineke Maes. The sludge contained destructive algae, the result of an excess of chemicals used by farmers to improve their crops, but at a high price for nature. The environmental policies of the European Union will begin to make a fundamental difference in improving depleted lands. In recent weeks, some of those tractors came out of the fields onto the roads to block large cities and economic centers, from Warsaw to Madrid and from Athens to Brussels. Farmers were demanding the repeal of some of the world's most progressive measures to combat climate change and protect biodiversity, arguing that the rules harmed their livelihoods and burdened them with excessive bureaucracy. And the impact has been enormous. The agricultural protests affected the daily lives of people across the 27-nation bloc, costing companies ...
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