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  • Today, German farms are agriculture factories

  • with milking sheds that are almost completely automated.

  • And satellite-guided harvesters that cost half a million euros.

  • Many farmers have tossed in the towel.

  • In the last ten years, more than eight hundred farms have shut down each month.

  • That result fewer small farms and larger farms requiring government subsidies.

  • In 2016, German farmers received subsidies totaling near six and a half billion euros.

  • In the EU, farm subsidies came to around 55 billion euros, 40 percent of the entire budget.

  • Most countries worldwide subsidize their agricultural industries

  • and this sector is very productive,

  • it feeds 82 million people in Germany,

  • 740 million in Europe,

  • and it could supply nearly seven and a half billion people worldwide.

  • More than ever before.

  • Nowhere in Europe, our groceries as affordable as in Germany.

  • At discount grocery stores,

  • a kilo of pork costs about 2 euros as much as a couple of shoelaces.

  • A liter of milk goes for 42 euro cents.

  • A kilo of potatoes is 69 cents.

  • An egg just 8 cents.

  • Let's stay with eggs for a moment.

  • They are produced by hens.

  • Roosters are not profitable.

  • They have less fat then their female counterparts

  • so the male chicks are separated at birth, gassed and shredded.

  • It's efficient but damaging to the farmers image.

  • In Germany, agribusiness is coming under increasingly strong criticism

  • that it treats animal like a mere commodity.

Today, German farms are agriculture factories

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