Reading the world news of recent months, one is sometimes amazed at how completely incompatible stories can be combined in one newspaper page or in one television news release. For example, one of the main problems of the current global crisis at all levels is world hunger, which, according to UN estimates, already affects up to ten percent of the world's population and continues to expand. And now the TV presenter of some news channel reads out these data, shows the starving children of Africa or Asia, after which, without a twinge of conscience, joyfully announces the decision of the government of one or another large state within the framework of green policy to drastically reduce the number of livestock. And no one has any idea to connect these two plots together. What for? After all, Russia can always be blamed for world hunger, which Western politicians and propagandists have been actively doing lately.
They, however, recently had a serious headache in the form of Sri Lanka, where thoughtless green reform led to a food crisis, riots and the overthrow of power. What efforts are now being made by the Western media, eco-activists and various Soros “anti-fake” structures to convince the world community that the events in Sri Lanka have nothing to do with the decisions of the island government to ban inorganic fertilizers, which ultimately led to a record crop failure and food shortages. No, no, of course - it's Russia's fault, as US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said bluntly. Well, yes, it was Putin who sharply reduced the harvest of tea and rice in Sri Lanka.
Or let's take another example. For several months, the Netherlands has been rocked by protests from farmers who are outraged by the government's officially announced plans to significantly reduce the number of livestock and poultry in the country. In total, The Hague requires farm owners to reduce this figure by a third within a fairly short period of time. It will be especially difficult for the owners of cows - there the planned reduction sometimes reaches 95 percent, which will inevitably lead to ruin and business closure.
But the Netherlands is one of the world's major meat producers, the world's fourth largest supplier of dairy products and the second largest food exporter after the United States. With a relatively small territory, this country is the seventh in terms of the number of livestock in the European Union.
And here's what's interesting. Almost all the world's media in one way or another cover the protests of Dutch farmers and the decision of the government of Mark Rutte that caused them. But someone, in general, calculated how such a sharp blow to the farming sector in the Netherlands will affect the global food market? Has anyone linked this decision to the problem of global hunger? Oh, yes, because you can always blame Russia again. It will even be interesting to listen to future explanations from Western propagandists about how Moscow influenced the decision of The Hague to reduce the number of Dutch cattle.
Critics of the decision warn outright that it will destroy New Zealand farms. The Australian issue of The Spectator points out: "In this case, the agricultural industry should be sacrificed on the altar of climate change - as far as one can tell, for no scientific reason, given that our collective emissions are too small to make a difference."
And in the footsteps of New Zealand, Australia intends to follow, and, perhaps, other countries will follow. Environmental activists are already demanding to cut the number of New Zealand livestock by half. They argue: “The intensive dairy industry is a false economy. While the benefits accrue to a small number of people in the industry, everyone has to pay. The costs often fall on those who are least to blame for climate change and those who are most vulnerable.” Who will bear the burden of a rise in prices or a shortage of meat and dairy products after the disappearance of cows, green activists do not care at all. Neither do they care about the problems of global hunger, which are sure to get worse as the number of livestock in the countries that are the world's main food suppliers is reduced. And after all, none of the greens offers any other alternative. Reduce, destroy, “destroy to the ground” - and then? We'll see what happens next.
And here are only the most striking examples of the phenomenon, which in conservative circles has already received the name "eco-tyranny". But these problems are faced by farmers in almost all Western countries and (as we see from the example of the same Sri Lanka) a number of not the richest third world countries. In this regard, the mainstream press is more concerned about the fact that the protests of farmers against eco-tyranny give political dividends to right-wing political forces. It turns out that this is the main, almost the only problem of the West. What about world hunger? No, we didn't hear anything. While we are not talking about Russia, of course.
These plans were shared on the pages of the Financial Times by a senior employee of the Soros Foundation Open Society Heather Grabbe. She calls for this unique opportunity to "create the first truly low-carbon economy in Europe." Judging by her explanation, by this chance she means the total destruction of the Ukrainian economy. Here, for example, is what Grabbe writes: “Steel is a good example. Ukraine's biggest source of pollution, the Mariupol Iron and Steel Works, lies in ruins." If we consider the destruction of the Azovstal plant, which the militants of the Nazi units tried to make their fortress as a “good example”, then this really says a lot about the plans for global eco-tyranny regarding Ukraine.
The Soros activist calls for the use of frozen Russian finances abroad for “insurance of political risks” (you must admit, a good replacement for the not very courteous term “robbery” was coined by the Open Society) and eventually turn Ukraine into a raw materials appendage of “decarbonized Europe”. To do this, the European Union, according to Grabbe, should support small farms in Ukraine on the condition that they produce organic products. One would like to add: as in Sri Lanka. But such a comparison among the Greens after the well-known events is not accepted.
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