Berlin: Diverse costumes demand diversity in the fields

This week, all sixteen German federal minsters for agriculture are in Berlin for talks on the pressing issues in agriculture. Yesterday was the turn of the horsemeat scandal, today (20th February) was the turn of the CAP reform.

On arrival at today’s meeting, the ministers were greeted by a loud and colourful reception of more than 60 citizens. With signs and chants, they called on the ministers to support a greener and fairer EU agricultural policy.

The action was organised jointly by the campaign ‘Meine Landwirtschaft’, the campaign network ‘Campact’, the Small Farmers’ Association, ‘Arbeitsgemeinschaft bĂ€uerliche Landwirtschaft’ and Young Friends of the Earth Germany, ‘BUND Jugend‘. Dressed as corn, peas, carrots, apples, bees and hares, the costumes illustrated their demands for ecological diversity in the fields.

A number of ministers stopped to talk to the demonstrators including: Ulrike Höfken (Alliance 90/The Greens, Rhineland-Palatinate), Wolfgang Reimers (Alliance 90/The Greens, Baden-WĂŒrttemberg), Till Backhaus (SPD, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), and Secretary of State Udo Paschedag (Alliance 90/The Greens, Lower Saxony). All said they supported the position of the European Commission.

See more photos from the action here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/80493129@N08/