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From Europe to India, farmers have taken to the streets in recent months to protest agricultural policies. First, demonstrations erupted across Europe, with farmers forming blockades, dumping manure in cities, and egging government buildings. Now, thousands of farmers have marched toward New Delhi in scenes that recall the mass protests of 2020-21. Although the reasons for agricultural workers’ discontent differ from country to country, the ongoing unrest comes as the world’s farmers are “increasingly feeling under political attack,” Christopher Barrett, an agricultural economist, recently told FP’s Christina Lu. This edition of Flash Points considers the root causes of the farmers’ protests, what unites them, and how climate and trade policy are transforming global agriculture.

In black and white, a crowd of protestors and workers ride along an urban street in tractors and cars. The vast crowd reaches and disappears into the top left of the frame down the long street surrounded by trees on either side. In the near foreground a man riding in the front carriage of a car holds a tall sign that reads (in French): Ah! Mansholt. You tell us that milk is too expensive but you benefit from third countries which produce the expensive margarine.

French farmers drive their tractors on the A71 highway in protest over new regulations and declining incomes, near Bourges, France, on Jan. 24. Europe’s Farmer Protests Are Part of a Bigger Problem FP’s Christina Lu explains how the unrest exposes the trade-offs that governments must confront on climate policy. Tractors are lined up ahead of Brandenburg Gate.

A nationwide protest against a move to repeal agricultural subsidies has earned public sympathy—but doesn’t deserve it, Paul Hockenos writes. Farmers take part in a tractor rally as they continue to demonstrate against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms in New Delhi on Jan. 26. Farmers take part in a tractor rally as they continue to demonstrate against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms in New Delhi on Jan. 26, 2021. Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images India’s Green Revolution Sowed the Seeds of Today’s Meltdown Farmers are protesting against more than Modi’s agricultural laws. They’ll keep going until he understands that, Kabir Agarwal writes. A view from above of tractors gathering en masse. Farmers gather with their tractors near the headquarters of the National Institute for Health and Environment to protest nitrogen policy rules in Bilthoven, Netherlands, on Oct. 16, 2019. ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images Farmers Won’t Save the Climate at Their Own Expense Pushing farms toward a green transition could result in a big backlash, FP’s Anchal Vohra writes.

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