Tens of thousands of German farmers and consumer rights activists have taken to the streets of Berlin to protest against: so-called ‘animal factories’; genetically modified food; and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Now in its fifth year, the ‘We Are Fed Up’ march takes place annually during the International Green Week – Europe’s biggest agricultural fair.
Campaigner Jochen Fritz explained why he attended the rally:
“Eating is political,” he said. “Every single decision I make about what to buy is determined by how the animals are kept, or what grows in our fields. Of course, I can buy species-appropriately: I can eat less meat – we eat too much, anyway – meat of better quality. And I can make sure that I support the farmers and not the big agricultural industry corporations.”
Organisers estimate as many as 50,000 people turned out for what is one of the largest yearly protests in Germany.
‘We Are Fed Up’ brings together representatives from over 120 organisations. They gather to express their frustration at an industrialised model of farming they believe puts the environment second to the interests of big business.