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The Elites’ War On Food

A few months back, stories of “suspicious” fires at food-production plants raged across the media. The narrative said the sites were being sabotaged to disrupt the food supply. And it was most likely wrong. But that doesn’t mean there is no effort on the part of Western elites to put the peasants on a strict diet.

Most by now have seen reports that Dutch officials are closing as many as 3,000 farms in the Netherlands, the world’s second-largest exporter of agricultural products by value even though it’s only slightly larger than Maryland, to comply with crackpot European Union carbon dioxide emissions rules. It’s possible that eventually more than 11,000 farms will be shut down, and 17,600 forced to sharply cut their livestock numbers.

On our side of the Atlantic, the malefactors are also busy. Just the News is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency is quietly quadrupling the regulatory cost of carbon emissions in a new war on fossil fuels, which is, of course, also a war on the food supply.

“If you think about the fact that they would impose this damage factor, let’s say on farmers, because it applies to fertilizer,” Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murill said on the John Solomon Reports podcast. “Fertilizer emits nitrous oxide. So fertilizer is a big contributor. If every family farmer now is going to have to pay more to obtain fertilizer to fertilize crops that feed us, well, what’s that going to do to the price of food?”

Are these mere coincidences, entirely unrelated, isolated events?

Could be. But …

  • U.S. farmers are convinced that “government meddling threatens their livelihoods and the nation’s food security.”
  • “Unrealistic green-energy policies in Europe – and the Biden administration’s hostility to U.S. energy production – are worsening energy shortages,” writes James Meigs in City Journal “With energy prices soaring, food production and distribution will suffer.”
  • Global skunks are promoting bugs as an alternative to the foods we enjoy, which is an implicit way of saying “you can eat insects, as unpalatable as they are, or you can go hungry – it’s almost time to choose.”
  • The White House has added agricultural land to the federal Conservation Reserve Program, encouraging farmers to leave their land fallow. It’s part, says essayist John Mac Ghlionn, writing in the Washington Times, “of a broader, government-wide push to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Interestingly, the Biden administration’s goal is very similar to the Dutch government’s goal.”
  • Canadian boy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proposed rules that will “decimate Canadian farming.” 
  • “Even as food shortages intensify, governments, including the Biden administration, are cracking down harder on agricultural production,” the Epoch Times reports. “While the attacks on agriculture and related industries look different in different nations, many experts say it’s a coordinated global policy being promoted by the U.N., the World Economic Forum (WEF), the European Union, and other international forces determined to transform civilization.”
  • “The Biden administration has engaged in an omni-directional assault on our food production system,” says the Heartland Institute.

As it turns out, all this is happening at the same time “the number of people affected by hunger has more than doubled in the past three years”, according to the United Nations, as “almost a million people are living in famine conditions, with starvation and death a daily reality.”

Which must tickle the innards of the coat-and-tie savages at the World Economic Forum, a truly vile organization that has made no secret of its concerns over a growing global population, and issued a warning earlier this year that “degrowth,” the shrinking rather than growing of economies, “might mean people in rich countries changing their diets, living in smaller houses and driving and traveling less.”

If only the WEF were some fringe group that had no influence. But it’s not – it’s a well-funded syndicate with an axis of powerful followers.

Is it possible, as unthinkable, conspiratorial and overwrought as it sounds, that the elites want to thin the global population through man-made famine? Groups do exist, and have for decades, for the sole objective of reversing the world’s population growth. They have been treated by politicians and the media as well-meaning organizations that have a valid point.

So far, they’ve done no damage. However, they’re now in a strong position to move beyond their rhetoric. Strong ties with like-minded thinkers that have money and a heavyweight political punch makes them dangerous.

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  • The environmental or climate angle is a “Trojan Horse” to advance an agenda that includes the destruction of free enterprise (capitalism) and family values. Climate change and environmental attacks on fossil fuels and farms are bogus “pretenses” to forcibly reshape society. 90% of Earth’s atmosphere is nitrogen, versus 0.004% CO2; and it is all recyclable in nature. In the Netherlands, the larger EU diktat is to convert Dutch farmlands into EU migrant encampments (likely more NO2 pollution from migrant sewage than from farms; but environmental impact analysis is absent from this EU ideological agenda). Indeed, the Dutch could easily cut urban NO2 emissions instead of closing down farms. But NO2 is just a pretense for a larger agenda.

    Getting rid of Dutch farmers accomplishes multiple EU goals. Farmers tend to be conservative, and farm life tends to promote family values, religion and self-sufficiency. This stands in the way of the global communist revolution and runs counter to the WEF’s pre-WWII German National Socialist ideals. Thus, getting rid of the vocal Dutch farmers also clears the playing field of conservative opposition, shrinks the Christian religious base, and gives those controlling the shrunken food supply the power to starve their enemies (population reduction). The EU collective is (wittingly or unwittingly) carrying forward Josef Stalin’s 1930s’ communist Ukraine playbook into the barbaric twenty-first century.

    • Capitalism is a totalitarian code-word for any form of Liberty. Power doesn’t work unless you can control everyone.

      • “the elites want to thin the global population through man-made famine?”

        Governments across the world provide aid to the aged. In their view, an increase in life expectancy is a bug to be fixed not a feature to be enhanced. This incentivizes governments to take actions that decrease life expectancy. The government budget is benefited when retired people die sooner rather than later.

        Despicable though it is, their actions are and were predictable. Depending on an organization whose incentives are in direct opposition to your own, is never a wise path to follow.

  • I believe I may have posted this before:

    At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said. Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

    If they destroy capitalism they destroy prosperity, they destroy the production of just about everything, including food, consequently there will be widespread famine and millions – indeed billions – will die.

    Does anyone who is taking notice seriously believe they are unaware of this, and that this is not their intention?

    The question is, what is to be done?

    • Capitalism is simply economic freedom, and as such is simply one pillar of freedom the totalitarians must destroy.

      • Really…

        Using modern prospecting and extraction techniques there are hundreds – perhaps thousands of years’ worth of available petroleum resources left as yet untouched.

        Then, using the steerable drilling techniques used for shale extraction and in situ gasification which produces synthesis gas, feedstock for the Fischer-Tropsch coal to oil process, there are trillions of tons of coal accessible in the UK alone.

        And then there is the vast amount of methane available as hydrate on the ocean bed and in the arctic permafrost which is even now being investigated with a view to commercial exploitation, see here:

        “At the same time, new technologies are being developed in Germany that may be useful for exploring and extracting the hydrates. The basic idea is very simple: the methane (CH4) is harvested from the hydrates by replacing it with CO2. Laboratory studies show that this is possible in theory because liquid carbon dioxide reacts spontaneously with methane hydrate. If this concept could become economically viable, it would be a win-win situation, because the gas exchange in the hydrates would be attractive both from a financial and a climate perspective.”

        So tough luck mate, I reckon we’ll be OK for quite a while yet.

        I wouldn’t hold your breath if I were you!

  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the National Restaurant Association Americans need to “adjust” their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat

  • That seems to be a given. Governments have announced for months food shortages coming. Then look at, I thinks is Belgium, government taking huge swath of farm land, mandated government land grab. They are biggest food exporter in Europe. All over the Climate Change agenda. That recipe certainly equals a form of starvation coming to a place near you.

  • My working premise–and the evidence hasn’t proven me wrong in years–is every bureaucrat who makes more than $50k/year is a sociopath. The Sec. General of the U.N. somberly gaslights about climate change, Covid and the war in Ukraine as causes of global hunger. He never mentions the war that the sociopaths are waging against the actual production of food.

    Remind me again why we are in the United Nations…and even worse why we continue to fund it?!

  • Not just famine, but abortion, war, fentanyl, feminism . . . a multi-front approach. They are deadly serious about reducing the world’s population to 500 million (and the accompanying extinction of white people). They stated this on the Georgia Guidestones, and the fact that those were destroyed shows that at least some people are paying attention.

  • The WEF is nothing more than a safe space for wealthy people. They can meet, eat, make preposterous proposals, and not fear someone will mock them or even question their absurdity.

    Our leadership planet-wide is the most incompetent since the inbred ninnies in Europe blundered into a global war in 1914. These new leaders are making two wars on the greatest pre-historic human achievements — combustion and agriculture.

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