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January 21, 2018

Food is political! We're fed up!

Berlin, Germany: With these slogans, 33,000 people led by 160 farmers on their tractors demonstrated on Saturday, Jan. 20, in support of local farming, not industrial, export-oriented agriculture.

The Agricultural industry Kills!

„The industrial agriculture and food economy causes local and global problems for farmers, the climate, animals and the environment.”



Berlin, Germany:

On Saturday, January 2018, as women around the USA and world held their second annual march and rallies, 33,000 people marched through the streets of Berlin for the 8th year, during the annual Green Week exhibition. Many banged on cooking pots, others followed the beat of drums and music -- see and hear them: 6 minute video.

Their presence was a message to fellow Germans, the parties trying to form a new government -- and to the 70 international agricultural ministers meeting on Saturday.

 

„The industrial agriculture and food economy causes local and global problems for farmers, the climate, animals and the environment,” said “We’re fed up!” spokesperson Jochen Fritz. “Goverment must not delay the conversion to agriculture that is friendly to the environment, animals and the climate, and in which farmers can live well from their work.“

Over 100 organizations called for the demonstration, and urged the two major German political parties, the Social Democrats and the conservative Union, not to waste any more time in moving towards "conversion to agriculture that is friendly to the environment, animals and the climate, and in which farmers can live well from their work.“

As a first step they should ban the herbicide Glyphosate (Roundup), and finance long overdue improvements in animal husbandry, “so that pigs can see daylight again and cows can graze.”

Source: Press release, https://www.wir-haben-es-satt.de  20 January 2018
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