Sustainable Development Goals

Climate action

In April 2021, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40-45% below 2005 levels by the year 2030, an acceleration of previously announced goals.1) As the Trudeau government put further pressure on the agriculture industry in July 2022 to rapidly reduce their fertilizer use by 30%, farmers sounded the alarm, warning of worsening food shortages and huge economic losses (estimated at $10.4 billion CAD over the course of the decade).2)

The Government of the Netherlands announced near-identical cuts in nitrogen emissions through reduction of fertilizer, radical reductions of livestock, as well as a reduction in intensive farming and the conversion to sustainable “green farms.”3) In the government's own proposal, they acknowledge an estimated 11,200 farms would be forced to close and another 17,600 farmers would have to cull a significant amount of their livestock.4) As a result, protests erupted outside Dutch parliament in The Hague, with reports of fire, manure and blockades contributing to unrest.

Skerritt, J. (2022, July 27). Trudeau Spars With Farmers on Climate Plan Risking Grain Output. Bloomberg.
Holligan, A. (2022, July 29). Why Dutch farmers are protesting over emissions cuts. BBC News.
Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit Ministerie van Landbouw. (2022, June 10). Onontkoombare transitie naar een vitaal landelijk gebied. Rijksoverheid.
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