This week has seen protests by farmers in the capital cities of Germany, France and the Republic of Ireland. Though their grievances have varied, the demonstrators had a common message: farmers are getting a raw deal.
The European Commission has said use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos will be banned in the near future. The chemical treatment, used mainly for citrus fruits, has been linked with neurological problems.
Germany's prettiest cow has died at the age of 13. Lady Gaga— a star of German cattle contests with a string of accolades to her name — was described by her owner as a "once-in-a-lifetime cow."
Thousands of angry German farmers brought cities to a standstill in recent weeks. Now, Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to ease their concerns about new regulations aimed at protecting the environment and animals.
Farmers feel like they are scapegoats for mainstream society's woes. While politicians respond to public demands to protect the environment, thousands of farmers give up business each year. Now they are speaking out.
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