Canadian farmers and activists are launching convoy protests across the country on July 23 to stand in solidarity with Dutch farmers who have been protesting against their government's climate change policy since June.
Protests are set to take place simultaneously in several provinces, including Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, several social media posts show.
The protests are decentralized and organized by locals in each province. The planned demonstrations have received much feedback, and will likely be "well-attended," according to Mark Friesen, founder of the Forum for Canadian Sovereignty and a co-organizer of the event in Saskatchewan.
"We're talking about the livelihoods of a predominant number of people in this province of Saskatchewan, [as well as] Alberta, Manitoba, and even in B.C. in the Lower Mainland. There's a lot of farming there," Friesen told The Epoch Times.
"It's an issue I think that Canadians can really unite around. It's an issue that our farmers are going to be negatively affected by, but it's also an issue that just normal folks are going to be affected—just by the availability of good, healthy food."
Nitrogen EmissionsThe fuse to the Dutch farmers' protests was laid last year, when the coalition government proposed radical plans to cut livestock numbers in the country by 30 percent to meet nitrogen greenhouse gas emissions targets.
In particular, the Dutch government has pointed to livestock that produce manure, which, when mixed with urine, creates ammonia that heavily contributes to what it called a "nitrogen crisis."
Christianne van der Wal, the Dutch minister of nature and nitrogen policy, said there is a possibility that the government will expropriate land from farmers who don’t comply, reported the Dutch broadcaster NOS Nieuws.
With the Netherlands being the world's fifth exporter of food, the proposal will not only hit Dutch farmers but will likely exacerbate the current worldwide fertilizer and food shortages.
Impact in CanadaIn light of the protests in the Netherlands, Friesen said he is "very concerned" about the implementation of the U.N. Agenda 2030 in Canada, which he said will hurt farmers in the country.
"What we're doing in terms of support for our Canadian farmers is a little bit preemptive. It's a little bit to say, 'We're paying attention. We're watching what's happening in the Netherlands. Don't do it here,'" he said.
The Premises ID, which came into force on July 1, links poultry and livestock—including bees, doves, and llamas, among others—to specific geographic locations, according to the program's website. The B.C. government said the Premises ID is used "to inform planning and response to animal disease events or natural disaster emergencies like floods or fires."
But Friesen is not convinced, saying that it resonates with the Dutch government's radical policy to comply with the U.N. Agenda.
"This speaks to the control mechanism that they want to put into place where now they're expecting farmers and ranchers to identify every single animal they have on their farm, on their premises, and ID each animal," he said, adding that in the event of a bird flu or pandemic, the government will know "who to contact, how many animals they have, and ... how many need to be culled."
The Epoch Times reached out to the B.C. Premises ID Program for comment but didn't hear back by publication time.