Farmers protest against environmental measures
Over 10,000 farmers blocked roads in Berlin on 26 November 2019 with a convoy of tractors in protest at regulations that will limit the use of fertiliser (to reduce groundwater pollution) and the weedkiller glyphosate (to protect insect populations). Farmers say that the measures will threaten their livelihoods and are also protesting against the perception that farmers are to blame for the climate crisis.
Similar protests took place in Paris and Dublin.
Read media coverage here:
- The Local: Huge disruption in Berlin as thousands of farmers in tractors shut down streets
- Farmers Weekly: Photos: Farmers block Berlin to protest government policies
- DW: German farmers: 'Overregulation is the last thing we need'
- The Irish Times: Farmers end Dublin blockade but warn of further protests
- The Independent: One thousand tractors roll into Paris for farmer protest
Read more here. See also the Foodsource resource How far could changes in production practices reduce GHG emissions?
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.