Farmers protest against low milk prices
BRUSSELS, Belgium (KGO) -- Thousands of dairy farmers on Monday protested against low milk prices, choking traffic in the Belgian capital with their tractors and spraying European Union headquarters and police with milk.
One group started a fire in the street, but despite some pushing and shoving with police, there was no major violence.
Police held their line behind a metal and barbed wire barrier, beating off those who attempted to get past.
Farmers from several EU nations are demanding higher prices for milk, which currently is often being sold at below production costs, threatening the survival of their farms.
They are seeking a milk price increase of up to 25 percent, and want prices to be managed so the farmers become less dependent on an unpredictable market place.
The EU is currently preparing an overhaul of its Common Agricultural Policy which has often strictly set production and pricing conditions in the past.
It hopes to let the market become a bigger player in the future while assuring that farmers can still have a steady income.
EU farm ministers are due to meet on Wednesday to look at further reforms.
- Two dead after apartment building fire in SF
- Police arrest suspect accused of setting fire to station
- SF Chinese community faces fallout from Yee arrest 44 min ago
- Oakland A's ready to sign lease at O.co Coliseum 38 min ago
- BART unveils new train car design in SF
- VIDEO: Man kicked in head taking selfie in... 23 min ago
- Martinez parents struggle to stay at baby son's side
- Mandatory water cutbacks ordered in Livermore
- Boston Marathon bomb hoax suspect in court
- A's first pitch to honor man killed by drunk driver
- California home prices surge in March; sales fall
- WWI soldier's love letters found behind attic wall
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Thursday
- roundup: Fatal house fire in SF; Oakland shooting
- Bay Area home prices steadily rising
17 min ago
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos