Ireland To Slaughter 10% Of Its Dairy Herd To Please Environmental Extremists
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely seen the “cow farts” myth reported in the mainstream media over and over again.
The notion that cows are destroying the planet really took off when the United Nations released a report in 2006 titled, “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” which blamed the lion’s share of greenhouse gas emissions on cattle.
Although it’s since been debunked, the misconception remains a part of the social lexicon, and it set the stage for the climate change rhetoric to continue to ramp up and target livestock producers and private land owners alike.
For years, I’ve been warning of the dangers of these environmental extremists, who have hijacked and weaponized the word “sustainability” to be used against us.
What concerns me is agriculture’s willingness to go along with the rhetoric, thinking we can “prove” how green we are by setting new “net zero carbon” standards that only put our food supply at risk while virtue signaling to people who want to see us put out of business.
I find it a grave error that we continue along with this charade. Much like animal rights activists who want to take an inch, and we negotiate in good faith; the truth is they won’t stop until they take a mile, and these climate change thugs are the exact same way.
Now, I can just picture many of you raising an eyebrow in disbelief about the alarm I’m ringing.
"Surely, it can’t be as bad as you say, Amanda.”
Yet, this narrative has real consequence that is causing true damage, and if you want to take a look at what’s coming to a state near you, take a gander at Ireland for a case study of exactly how dangerous this propaganda machine really is.
Reportedly, the Irish Department of Agriculture is considering the slaughter of 65,000 cows over the next three years to help them achieve their climate goals. This would effectively reduce the nation’s dairy herd by 10%.
Apparently, this nation-wide cow cull is being promoted as a voluntary program to help farmers who are considering retirement.
"Reports like this only serve to further fuel the view that the government is working behind the scenes to undermine our dairy and livestock sectors,” said Tim Cullinan, president of the Irish Farmers’ Association, as reported by Fox News. "While there may well be some farmers who wish to exit the sector, we should all be focusing on providing a pathway for the next generation to get into farming."
"We’re the one industry with a significant roadmap, and, to be quite honest with you, our herd isn’t any larger than it was 25 to 30 years ago," added Pat McCormack, president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, to Fox. ”Can the same be said for the transport industry, can the same be said for the aviation industry?”
What’s wild to me is the Irish are well aware of the implications of this type of move by eco-terrorists. They survived the potato famine, and any political agendas that seek to put the food supply at risk are unjust and anti-human.
Folks, we are on a clear path to starvation if we allow this narrative to continue. It’s time to push the brakes hard on this agenda, and instead of using the same language that is now being weaponized against us, we need to clearly and loudly celebrate the environmental achievements that America’s farmers and ranchers have accomplished in the last 25 years.
We need to not only speak loudly about it, but we also need to stop negotiating and coming to the table with the people who want to eliminate our way of life.
We need to value programs, entities, associations, and agencies who value the dignity of human life, and understand the importance of freedom, food security, sovereignty, and the value that agriculture brings to society.
A nation that can feed itself is free; however, a nation held captive by eco-extremists and those pushing ESG scores is one beholden to its masters.
Landowners and livestock owners — take note. If they start talking carbon capture more than they talk production, it’s time to head in the other direction, and fast.