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Europe’s farmer protests are spreading. Here’s where and why

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Farmer protests have erupted across the European Union, fueled by years of financial strain, unfavorable subsidy systems, and the impact of the Ukraine war
Demonstrations, initially starting in Poland, have now spread to several EU countries, including Germany and France

🔭 The context: Farmers face multiple challenges: debt, pressure from retailers and agrochemical companies, extreme weather, and competition from cheap imports
The situation has been exacerbated by temporary crop price spikes and disrupted trade flows due to the war in Ukraine

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: These protests highlight the broader issues of food security, sustainable farming practices, and the need for equitable trade and subsidy policies
The unrest underscores the vulnerability of the agricultural sector to climate change and global geopolitical tensions

⏭️ What's next: A unified approach to addressing these concerns, balancing economic, environmental, and social factors, will be crucial for the EU

📈 One stat: In 11 EU countries, farm gate prices fell by more than 10 percent from 2022 to 2023, starkly illustrating the economic pressures on farmers

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