Over the past few weeks, farmers across the Netherlands have vehemently turned up in droves to protest the government's plan to reduce nitrous oxide emissions, arguing it would have disastrous consequences for their business, and eventually, consumers.
The source of their anger is a policy that is not unlike one which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seeking to implement in Canada.
In 2020, the Trudeau Liberals announced that their goal was to reduce emissions from fertilizer, a major producer of nitrous oxide, by 50 percent over the next eight years.
Fertilizer Canada slammed the government's "short-sighted approach," arguing that reducing nitrogen fertilizer use "will have considerable impact on Canadian farmers' incomes and reduce overall Canadian exports and GDP."
In a report compiled by Meyers Norris Penny (MNP), they suggest that regulated fertilizer reduction could cost Canadian farmers $48 billion by 2030 and reduce crop sizes
By this time, "yield gaps for three major crops are estimated at 23.6 bushels per acre per year for canola, 67.9 bushels per acre per year for corn, and 36.1 bushels per acre per year for spring wheat."
As the Toronto Sun reports, fertilizer is typically the most expensive cost for farmers, and they tend to use only as much as is needed.
Under the plan, farmers will likely be forced to move to using costlier "greener" fertilizer, which in turn translates to higher prices for consumers.
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