Tens of thousands of people will gather once again in the cold of a Brandenburg winter to protest against what they see as the worst excesses of the food system, writes Oliver Moore.
Oliver Moore is the Communications Manager and EU Correspondent for the Agricultural and Rural Convention (ARC2020).
This protest starts at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz and snakes around the streets of the German capital to end in front of Angela Merkel’s chancellery. Dozens of tractors accompany colourful samba bands and representatives of over 120 organisations in what is one of the largest annual protests in Germany.
Happening as it does in mid-January during Europe’s biggest agricultural fair, the International Green Week , “We Are Fed Up” (Wir Haben Es Satt in German), is now in its fifth year. So, while the largest gathering of agriculture ministers in the world happens, citizens gather to express their dissatisfaction with a globalised, industrialised model of farming, one where people and the environment come second to the interests of big business.
If this sounds all too familiar, that’s because it is: agri-food in the EU has not been fit for purpose for some time.