The conflict in Ukraine and the farmer protests in the EU will have an influence on global food supply systems




Netherlands: In addition to the ongoing farmer demonstrations around Europe that were started by the Dutch government’s suggestions to cut emissions to address the world energy problem. which can be directly attributed to the five-month turmoil in Ukraine. is detrimental to the world economy.

When faced with growing protests, the EU will need to strike a balance between food security and the environment, failing to do so will have negative consequences for both the global food chain and the impacted countries’ economies. Smaller economies will collapse as a result of any disruptions to the global food supply chain, and similar crises to those in Sri Lanka will occur on other continents. Due to sanctions on Russia, oil prices are at an all-time high, and by decreasing production, West Asian oil companies are profiting handsomely.

While the Ukraine war has evolved into a battleground for Russia and the Western nations, a large farmers’ protest that was prompted by demands to limit emissions of recognised pollutants from intensive livestock and crop production systems is gaining momentum in the Netherlands.

The Dutch government is being pressured by these protests to reevaluate its $22 billion goal to cut nitrogen and ammonia emissions by 50–70% by 2030. The European Union will be compelled to support the protest as other countries do. The decision between environmental protection and food safety is still up for grabs.

The agricultural industry in the Netherlands, which is responsible for 45% of all nitrogen emissions, is the focus of a government effort. The farmer must drastically minimise the ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions from the livestock. Due to this, many farms will have to scale back their operations, and some will have to completely close. Despite the government’s announcement of major investments in agricultural housing and technology, the government will also have the option of requiring farmers to sell their land if enough volunteers cannot be recruited for the technology change.

According to estimates, the Dutch government’s proposal could make 30% of the farms unusable by 2030. The attempt to comply with the EU’s “Green Deal,” which might significantly affect their country’s valuable agriculture industry, has increased for Dutch farmers, whose livelihoods have historically been supported by the government.

Numerous protesting farmers stopped highways, ports, airports, and delivery sites for supermarkets. use their tractors. They also dumped manure close to government buildings and set fire to straw bundles in the streets. The supermarkets are running out of food as the demonstrations become more raucous. Ports are currently being blocked by fishermen, and several ships are blowing their horns in opposition. The protest will also include participation from other groups. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has for the time being defended the strategy, despite the fact that there is a “limit to what a government can do” to help people cope with growing prices.