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Call to Action for 18 January 2020

 

 

WE ARE FED UP WITH DREADFUL POLITICS! CHANGE AGRICULTURE, ACT FOR THE CLIMATE!

Rise up for small-scale, animal- and bee-friendly farming and act in global solidarity

2020 can make or break the transition to sustainable, climate-friendly farming:
EU agricultural reforms will determine whether billions of EU subsidies will fund the transition towards sustainable farming or accelerate insect loss and climate change. A German veto against the EU-Mercosur trade deal could help curb the Amazon fires. Time is ticking and yet politicians are stalling.

At the 10thWir haben es satt!-demonstration, tens of thousands rally to demand: Change agriculture, act for the climate – walk the talk!

VOTE WITH WHAT YOU EAT!

During the past ten years, we have grown into a strong movement for good food and good farming. More and more farmers are shifting to animal-friendly farming and are feeding their animals without GMOs. They minimise the use of pesticides or produce food entirely organically. Countless citizens’ initiatives have prevented factory farms and rallied for bees and biodiversity. Rising numbers of people participate in foodsharing, reduce food waste, buy corporate-free food and eat less meat. Together we show change is possible!

FARMLAND IN FARMING HANDS!

Agro-industries have fought change for decades. The German agriculture minister, Julia Klöckner, is failing to support farmers that are ready to change. She wants to continue to give billions of subsidies to large landowners, regardless of how they farm. The same subsidies are benefitting investors who are buying more and more arable land. In the past 10 years, arable land ownership has concentrated in the hands of few but larger agro-industries, causing the closure of over 100 000 farms in Germany. Enough! Public subsidies should only be used to support farmers that protect the environment, climate and animal welfare.

WE ARE SICK OF AGRO-INDUSTRY!

Industrial agriculture has fatal consequences: indiscriminate use of pesticides is killing insects; the overuse of slurry and fertilisers pollutes our water; rainforests burn for the production of GM soy feed used in factory farms; cheap exports flood markets in the global South and deprive farmers of their livelihoods. Agro-industry is heating up the planet and fuelling social conflict – let’s stop this now!

RISE FOR CLIMATE AND FAIR FARMING!

Whether parched fields or flooded pastures, the climate emergency can no longer be ignored! Scientists have long warned: we are destroying our planet with the way we produce and trade goods today. Despite thehundreds of thousands that join the climate strikes, our governments have their heads firmly stuck in the sand. We are fed up with stalling politics!

Join us and tens of thousands of others, when we demonstrate in the streets of Berlin, on the eve of the world’s largest agriculture fair and international summit of agricultural ministers. As they talk about agriculture, subsidies and Mercosur behind closed doors, we drum up the protest: we must produce our food sustainably and begin the transformation of our rural and urban communities!

WE DEMAND:

-          The political and financial support for agricultural reforms: animals, the environment and the climate can be protected, if subsidies are shifted to support farmers in the transition and fair prices are paid, enabling farmers to invest in sustainability!

-          A German veto to stop the EU-Mercosur trade deal: to achieve fair global trade, protect the rights of farmers and protest against rainforest destruction!

-          An end to fake solutions: Genetic engineering, seed patents and the indiscriminate application of pesticides and artificial fertilisers fuel the climate crisis and hunger!

Join us – farmers, activists, bakers, beekeepers and others – in the streets. Grab your pots and pans and sound the alarm for a better food and farming policy!

 

DEMO: 18. JANUARY 2020 | 12:00 | BRANDENBURG GATE| BERLIN

 

 

Thriving family farms and rural communities +++ sustainable food for all +++ animal welfare and a reduction in meat consumption +++ food sovereignty and fair trade +++ food from field to fork without GMOs +++ biodiversity and climate protection +++ bee-friendly, pesticide-free farming +++ a just and ecological EU agricultural reform (CAP) +++ the end in unbridled economic growth +++ soil protection and climate-friendly farming +++ global solidarity, refugees welcome +++

We are conventional and organic farmers engaged in all kinds of farming systems, from animal to arable farming. We are bakers, chefs, beekeepers and consumers. We are environmental and animal welfare activists and social justice campaigners. People of all ages from rural and urban communities. Our protest began in 2011, and we continue to march for good food and sustainable farming!

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