‘Don’t kill farms to save bugs’ german farmers protest the crazy proposed law

  • ‘Don’t kill farms to save bugs’ german farmers protest the crazy proposed law

    Posted by Unknown Member on 6 February 2021 at 2:26 pm

    <div class=”article__summary summary ” style=”margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;”><div class=”article__summary summary ” style=”margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;”>A German farmers’ group has staged a tractor ride through central Berlin to protest against the looming approval of new regulations, which they predict will cost many of their livelihoods in the name of environmental protection.
    </div><div class=”article__summary summary ” style=”margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;”>Dozens of agricultural vehicles drove through the streets of the German capital on Friday, passing by Alexanderplatz, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Victory Column. The tractors and semis were carrying slogans like </div><div class=”article__summary summary ” style=”margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;”><em style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Archivo, sans-serif; font-size: 15.0015px;”>“Agriculture needs a future,” <em style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Archivo, sans-serif; font-size: 15.0015px;”>“When right becomes wrong, resistance becomes duty,” and <em style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Archivo, sans-serif; font-size: 15.0015px;”>“Schulze is getting rid of us.”
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    The latter refers to Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze, the official behind the proposed Insect Protection Act, which is due to be adopted by the German parliament next week. The farmers say it’s too restrictive and will de facto prohibit some of them from using insecticide, forcing them out of business.

    The protesters believe the bill is motivated by ideology rather than science.<em style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px;”> “We promote biodiversity, but not unsustainable ministries,” says the website of Land Creates Connection, the farmers’ group behind the protest. The activists have scheduled several events in the days leading up to the parliament vote.

    Two weeks ago, another farmer protest, which involved both a 400-strong tractor convoy and a more traditional rally of some 15,000 people, was held in Berlin to demand more reasonable regulations for the German agriculture sector.

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