Jan 19, 2014, 5:38 AM
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Berlin protest march dwells on farming and food safety

Berlin, Jan 19, IRNA --Tens of thousands of people on Saturday marched in a carnival-type atmosphere in Berlin's government district demanding fundamental changes to global agricultural policies, according to IRNA.

Under the slogan, 'We are fed up,' more than 45,000 protesters, among them many families, urged an end to food scandals, genetic engineering and animal cruelty in industrial livestock farming.

Protesters said they were demonstrating in support of small farmers, ecological farming, non-genetic produce animals and non-genetic food.

They also pointed out that factory farms disregard animal welfare.

In addition the overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides were harming the environment and threatening biodiversity, they added.

Farming activists stressed time had come for a 'new type of agriculture' which would ensure consumer rights.

More than 120 groups representing farmers, industry, and animal rights and environmental activists organized the demonstration.

Following about 70 tractors, protesters marched from Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz Square, along one of the main shopping streets, through the government district, and

ended with a rally in front of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s offices.

The protest coincided with International Green Week, the Agriculture Ministers' Summit and the Global Forum for Agriculture, as all of them are taking place in Berlin this week.