FACT CHECK: Is farming banned in the Netherlands?

A post shared on Facebook claims the Dutch government banned farming in the country.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence to suggest farming has been banned in the Netherlands.

Fact Check:

Thousands of Duch farmers have been engaged in large-scale protests of a proposed government initiative to limit carbon emissions, according to Fox News. According to Fox News, experts warn that protests may signal the “beginning of a worldwide movement.”

The July 7 Facebook post claims that the government has banned all farming. “The paid off left-wing Globalist government of Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, announced that they are banning farming in the Netherlands,” reads the post’s caption, which includes a link to an article from The Richardson Post. The claim is false. Check Your Fact did not find any credible news reports suggesting that the Dutch government had banned all agriculture. There is no mention of an agricultural ban on the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality’s website or on the prime minister’s verified social media accounts.

The article linked in the post appears to claim such a measure was passed by the country’s parliament, but no such bill could be found on the Dutch parliament’s website. The claim in the Facebook post is not supported by any evidence.

While there is no evidence to suggest all farming will be banned in the country, some farms are expected to close if the proposed emissions regulations are implemented, according to Dutch News. (RELATED: Does This Image Show A Farmer Stealing The Dutch Prime Minister’s Jet?)

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This is not the first time misinformation has spread about the ongoing protests in the Netherlands. Check Your Fact has recently discredited a viral photo that showed a Dutch farmer taking a fighter plane during protests.

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