Dairy Farmers Park Tractors In Front Of EU Parliament To Protest Milk Prices

Category: World / Nov 27, 2012 11:42AM EDT
European dairy farmers staged a second day of protests outside the EU parliament on Tuesday (November 27) to demand fairer prices for the milk they produce. Hundreds of demonstrators lit candles to pay tribute to fellow farmers who have been forced out of business. Dairy farmers came by bus and tractor to Brussels from all over Europe on Monday and sprayed thousands of liters of milk on the parliament building. Farmers say they continue to do battle with excessive milk production quotas and unsustainable prices that have driven tens of thousands of farmers out of business since the economic crisis in 2009. The EU is the world's largest milk producer and spends more than 40 percent of its annual 130 billion euro budget paying subsidies and other forms of financial support to farmers, including those in the diary industry.