Human chain of farmers: demonstration

Type: News   Reference: 92161   Duration: 00:04:19  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 12/03/2013   First transmission: 12/03/2013
Civil society organizations from across the EU gathered in Strasbourg during the European Parliament’s debate on its negotiating position on the reform of the CAP to call on MEPs to support greener and fairer farming. The demonstration forms part of the Good Food and Food Farming Campaign. Demonstrators called MEPs to ensure that funding will only be given to farmers who rotate their crops, maintain their meadows and pastures, and use at least seven per cent of their land to attract greater biodiversity. Family farms must be specifically supported and cost covering prices for producers must be ensured. Daily efforts of people working on farms should be at the centre of the reform, diversity should be the aim monocultures. Main slogan of the demonstrators farms not factories. MEP Jean-Luc BENNAHMIAS (ALDE, FR) joined the demonstrators and expressed the wish that exports should'nt be the priority and that the impact of agricultural exports and imports on small farmers in developing countries closely monitored. For the MEP, main goal should be self-sufficiency.

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00:00:00 TITLE : Human chain of farmers: demonstration 00:00:12
00:00:12 Large view on Human chain in front of the European Parliament : 2 shots 00:00:10
00:00:22 Close shots on demonstrators and banners displaying slogans written in German, English and French. 00:00:11
00:00:33 Demonstrators chanting "We want another PAC" (33") 00:00:26
00:00:59 Farmers brass band, 2 shots 00:00:15
00:01:14 Ambient shots on the temporary farm set on the foreground of the European Parliament 00:00:31
00:01:45 SOUNDBITE (French) Pierre-Alain PREVOST, NGO ARC 2020 English translation : "50% of the farmers' incomes comes from CAP, therefore CAP plays a major role in the agricultural production system. There is a strong pressure put on the prices especially at world level, and farmers are unable to compete with that, so the actual system advantages concentration. The question is : what are we concentrating for ? We want the objectives to be clarified. Is it really our goal just to have a few very big industrial farms across Europe ? So, on one hand, we face this strong pressure on prices, and on the other hand, consumers deals with swelling prices. So, NGO's and citizens are puzzled : what stays in the middle of the chain ? There are plenty reasons that explains how we set up the actual system. But we do think, as citizens, that consumers and producers are both spoiled by this policy, and this explains why, for the first time in the history of the CAP, consumers joined producers to demand an other CAP. " 00:00:49
00:02:34 SOUNDBITE (French) Pierre-Alain PREVOST, NGO ARC 2020 English translation : "It is very depressing for all the people that joined us here and all the ones following our movement, consumers as well as producers, to see that our representatives, that are sitting just there, in the European Parliament, are going to vote a project that has nothing to do with what we, European citizens, are asking for." 00:00:16
00:02:50 Ambient shot on the open-air cooking . 00:00:13
00:03:03 Introducing shot on MEP Jean-Luc BENNAHMIAS (ALDE, FR), joining the rally. 00:00:06
00:03:09 SOUNDBITE (French) MEP Jean-Luc BENNAHMIAS (ALDE, FR) English translation : "Farming and rural world can only exist within a true CAP, aiming at ensuring subsidies to the right people, which are real farmers and real rural world and not agro-industry. " 00:00:15
00:03:24 SOUNDBITE (French) MEP Jean-Luc BENNAHMIAS (ALDE, FR) English translation : "I believe in the necessity for European alimentary self-sufficiency, and in that frame, I put aside exports. We can export, of course, Africa could export, Maghreb could export, we could export, but this is cannot be our main objective. Our main objective has to be, on our continent, to develop local farming, able to allow to the whole rural world, and that goes from craftsmen, to civil servants, to keep territories, as we can see especially in the Southern Europe, very alive." 00:00:31
00:03:55 Ambient shots, brass band with tractor and straw with the European Parliament building in the background. 00:00:24
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