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European farmers took various demands to Brussels on February 1, 2024, clogging the streets with 1,300 tractors as EU leaders met for a summit. Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP

European farmers are angry: addressing root causes would overcome polarisation

At the farmers’ protests in Brussels in February, there were some who demanded for authorities to cut back red tape, while others rallied against market concentration. But such a polarisation isn’t insurmountable.
A mannequin in a coffin illustrates the distress of many farmers who have been demonstrating for several days on the A7. Photo taken on 24 January near Montélimar. Sylvain Thomas/AFP

French tractor protests are the latest rebellion of EU farmers against unfair competition and red tape – will their strategy pay off?

Why are French farmers blocking the roads? An academic who has been studying discontent within the farming world since 2019 provides some clues.
In the last two decades alone, Canada has lost nearly 150,000 farmers with the current population standing at just 260,000. Barriers to farming need to be addressed to mitigate this loss. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s agricultural policies need to better serve local farmers and communities

The impact of agricultural issues extends far beyond the farming community. Current social crises, including biodiversity loss and food inaccessibility, affect everyone.

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