Dairy Farmers in Germany Go on Strike

GERMANY - German farming leaders yesterday called for a milk protest which they believe will result in 88 per cent of dairy farmers refusing to supply milk to dairy factories by today.
calendar icon 27 May 2008
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According to Monsters and Critics, the farmers are angry at EU plans to increase output quotas and depress the market price of milk in the European Union. Brussels says it must respond to growing global demand for milk, especially from booming Asian nations.

Romuald Schaber, leader of the BDM German association of 30,000 dairy-cattle farmers, did not specify during a farmers' protest rally on the outskirts of Munich just how long the strike would last.

But Schaber advised hospitals and retirement homes to stockpile milk before shortages began.

'All we can do now is use our milk as a weapon,' he said. 'Milk is might, and we have the milk.'

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