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Around the world, farmers are waking up to the realities of top-down overregulation, climate extremism and rising input costs. Tractor barricades, piles of manure in front of city buildings, and bales of hay ablaze across the streets of Europe should be a wake-up call for lawmakers in the United States.
As history has shown, from storming the Bastille to the beheading of Marie Antoinette, the French certainly have a penchant for protesting. In recent years these movements have continued, with the streets of France filling up during the yellow vest protests and now roads are blocked by frustrated farmers driving diesel-powered tractors.
While France is the European Union’s largest agricultural producer, the economic plight and anger of European farmers isn’t limited to France; they are protesting or planning such in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain.
Farmers use their tractors to block the highway on the border of Belgium and France, between Aubange and Mont-Saint-Martin, on Jan. 29, 2024. (Julien Warnand/Belga/AFP via Getty Images)
Farmers’ main beef stems from the EU’s nature restoration law, which sets legally binding “Green New Deal” style targets for member states to restore at least 20% of the EU’s land and sea areas by 2030. This includes an obligation for 4% of EU farmland to lie fallow or