Meat tsunami triggered by CETA
An additional 120 000 tonnes of mass-produced meat per annum will flood into the EU as a result of CETA:
it is intended that more than 80 000 tonnes of pigmeat, a 16-fold increase on the current figure of 5549 t, and more than 50 000 tonnes of beef, more than a 10-fold increase on the current figure of 4160 t, should be imported as a result of CETA.
Even now, there is substantial pressure on the EU market, and the additional quantities imported from Canada will dramatically worsen the situation.
Animal feed production is destroying the environment
The environment too is ripe for slaughter. Another aspect of the madness involved in mass livestock farming! More than 40% of cereals, including maize, harvested around the world are used to fatten livestock. 75% of all farmland is in some way used for livestock farming. In the context of world hunger, this is scandalous. In Africa, 80% of the cereal harvest is eaten by people, and the idea that most of it should be fed to animals would be inconceivable. A negative impact on developing countries: international agricultural multinationals are depriving farmers of their land, destroying their means of subsistence. The consequences are expulsion and migration. Farmland supporting a diversity of species is restructured into maize or soya monocultures, to say nothing of the growing use of genetic engineering. Food prices are rising because of the dwindling availability of farmland. Rain forests are increasingly being felled because of mass livestock farming: a growing loss of carbon sinks, leading to climate change.
Soils are polluted, artificial fertilisers, pesticides.
Water consumption is rising: it takes more than 15 000 litres of water to produce one kilo of beef. Pollution of drinking water with antibiotic-resistant microbes and hormones from mass livestock farming.
Law on animal welfare and medicines
The ‘quality management system’ implemented by the agrofood industry is completely ineffective!
Intolerable conditions persist in livestock farming.
The conditions in which animals are kept must be completely wrong if the only way in which it is possible to raise chickens, turkeys, pigs, calves, etc., is by means of the massive use of antibiotics.
The law on animal welfare and medicines urgently needs to be amended!
Despite all these problems associated with mass livestock farming, which have long been known, politicians in positions of responsibility are failing to implement measures which are urgently needed!
Prof. Klaus Buchner, MEP, is calling for:
1. An immediate ban on the use of reserve antibiotics in mass livestock farming.
2. Considerably more stringent requirements and monitoring to reduce the use of
antibiotics and other medicines and chemicals in mass livestock farming.
3. A ban on the prescription of medicines to healthy animals.
4. Separation of the sale of medicines from veterinary treatment.
5. A halt to subsidies for large fattening units.
6. Ecological farming, with strictly certified production processes.
7. Keeping of livestock in meadows, in appropriate numbers,
in accordance with acceptable animal welfare standards.
8. Ultimately, the abolition of mass livestock farming.
(This means laying down binding figures for the area of farmland required per animal.)