The protest would see food lie unpicked in fields
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported in the Omrop Fryslân, there are plans for a new farmer’s protest. On Monday the pressure group the Farmers Defence Force will hold consultations on the plans, which could see food lie in the fields in the weeks running up to Christmas.
In a letter, Mark van den Oever of the Farmer’s Defence Force points out a message from another member of the group, regarding the ‘Hunger Winter’ in the Second World War. The farmer in question suggests that at that time the farmer was “the most important citizen”. “How much people can forget after 75 years. Thinking out loud, maybe it’s time to remind everyone.”
That interesting thinking, from someone who no-doubt was born after the Second World War, brought the action group to a new idea for a protest. “Full shelves, low prices, that’s what the consumer knows. Dutch farmers, and their getting a fair price for their produce, is no concern to most people.”
Using a particular form of reasoning, it follows that a new protest to draw attention to food supply issues would be a good way to refresh collective memories. The group has already spoken to people who would be willing to partake in the new action.