Protesting Farmers Spray European Parliament with Milk
Dairy prices have fallen drastically in the EU, forcing farmers to take to the streets and stage protests. In Brussels, protesters have begun spraying fresh milk at riot police and the European Parliament. Their demands? Raise milk prices at least 25% to cover the costs of production.
EU milk is often sold at below production costs due to a drop in international demand and increased competition. The European Milk Board (EMB), which is co-ordinating the protest, says small farmers are being forced out of business. In Belgium, for example, the wholesale price for a litre of milk is 0.26 euros (£0.21; $0.34) but the cost of producing it is 0.40 euros, the board said.