Why Are Dutch Farmers Protesting?

“The culture of Holland has been tied directly to its long history of proud dairy farmers, but new policies aim to eliminate these farmers’ way of life. Nitrogen pollution is the key reason politicians cite for eliminating farmland in Holland, leaving Dutch farmers with nowhere to turn. Over 50% of farmers will be out of business by the summer of 2023. The Dutch government has declared war on its own culture.”

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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