BERLIN – Around 200 hundred tractors and thousands of demonstrators made their way through central Berlin on Saturday requesting better agricultural standards in a rally that coincided with International Green Week in the German capital.
Protesters called for ecological, low-impact farming, improved animal welfare and healthier produce under the slogan: “We’re fed up.”
The campaign was launched against proposed European Union regulations that critics say could see the largest landowners benefiting from EU farming subsidies.
“The transformation of our farming system towards sustainable farming cannot wait. With our pots and pans we sound the alarm for sustainable farming and call on the German government to support only those who are willing to convert their farms to climate-, nature- and animal-friendly farming with public funds,” the group’s manifesto said.
International Green Week, one of the biggest of its kind, opened Friday and is scheduled to run until Jan. 27.
Organizers expect to welcome some 400,000 visitors to the convention.