Reports indicate that around 5,000 farmers participated in a Slovenian tractor protest over the week, which was primarily aimed at a recent ruling restricting the use of pesticides in certain areas due to concerns about water sources becoming polluted.
Farmers are also angry at EU leaders for the special protections they are giving to wolves and brown bears throughout the country, which are attacking livestock. All in all, nearly one-third of Slovenia's total land mass is under the control of EU environmental protections that farmers say negatively impact their operations.
Those who participated in the protest have given their government an ultimatum: either do something within 10 days to reverse all these "green" restrictions or the protests will escalate.
"We expect they will receive us within 10 days," said Anton Medved, president of the Trade Union of Slovenian Farmers, adding that his country's farmers have been "sacrificed for the environmental experiments of activists and civil servants. "If not, we will step up our activities.
"Green countryside and national prosperity are the results of the work of farmers," Medved added.
(Related: Check out our earlier coverage about how EU restrictions are forcing some farmers to cull upwards of 95 percent of their herds to minimize nitrogen "pollution.")
So far, the Slovenian protests have remained peaceful. That could change, though, if the government refuses to listen to the demands of the people for whom it works – the people who grow the food that government bureaucrats imbibe on using taxpayer dollars.
It is probably not a good idea to become the enemy of farmers if eating and not starving are something you hope to maintain. All EU politicians would do well to remember this as they steamroll the will of the people with their egregious "green" agenda.
According to reports, none of the protests that have occurred last year had much effect, but things are starting to change in 2023. The tractor protests in The Netherlands led to a pro-farmer political party that was founded in 2019 outright winning the Dutch regional elections earlier this month.
"The FarmerCitizenMovement (BBB) party is now set to hold the single largest number of seats within the country's senate, with some [parties] within the ruling Dutch coalition now expressing a desire to see EU rules aimed at putting farmers out of business curtailed in response to the party's extremely strong polling," one media outlet reported about this.
"Slovenian officials so far appear like they will be far more willing to listen to the concerns of the country's farmers however, with the country's minister for agriculture insisting that the 'farmers know that we are on their side,' even if 'not all' of the protest's demands 'can be solved overnight.'"
In the comments, many encouraged these brave farmers to stand strong and continue the fight, with one of them emphasizing that they "can win against the idiots because you are producing items essential to life."
"Those who enjoy eating should stand with the farmers," one wrote.
Another warned that Americans need to do the same thing because "the war against farmers will be coming soon to America" as well.
"Farmers and ranchers have it tough enough without having to deal with a bunch of parasitic bureaucrats and enviro-whack jobs who have never raised so much as a radish," said another.
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