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EU questionnaire on meat production. And it is immediately controversy

Pulina: "A cowardice, because the presentation suggests answers to questions on topics under debate in Europe"

According to the president of Meats Sustainable "the will of citizens cannot be manipulated in this way".

"A cowardice, a wrong questionnaire because the presentation of the document suggests answers to questions on the role of meat and its healthiness that are still the subject of a great debate in the EU". This is how Giuseppe Pulina, president of Sustainable Meat and professor of Special Zootechnics at the University of Sassari comments on the questionnaire that the Commission has put online since 31 March last ( policy? surveylanguage = EN) to collect citizens' opinions on the possible options to be adopted to consolidate the policies to promote European agriculture by strengthening, we read, "competitiveness through greater awareness of the high quality standards that characterize agri-food products". So far nothing to complain. But further on, we read that "the review of the policy in 2021 should improve its contribution to sustainable production and consumption in line with the shift to a more plant-based diet, with less red and / or processed meat along with other risk-related foods. of cancer".

"You cannot manipulate the will of citizens in this way - replies Pulina - We are in the presence of a sneaky way that asks citizens if they agree with the orientation of the promoters of the questionnaire: one thing is to inform the citizen objectively to gather his opinion on that particular topic, another is to ask him if his thoughts are in line with those who ask him the questions. Through the official channels I have already moved to the competent offices to report this incorrect method".

“The questions contained in the questionnaire are strongly tendentious - urges the president of the IntercarneItalia Interprofessional Organization, Alessandro De Rocco - and do not help the citizen to provide objective answers. It is clear that behind this type of initiatives there are lobbies whose only interest is to bury the beef sector. As producer organizations we are moving with our European colleagues to make our voices heard, unfortunately aware that we have very well structured NGOs in front of us with huge economic resources that are carrying out a campaign based solely on ideological convictions. I do not think that the animal welfare associations know that the first to want to ensure their livestock the best conditions of animal welfare are precisely the breeders, perhaps they do not know that in the last 100 years the efficiency of a cow has improved by 65% with an undoubted benefit both health and environmental and perhaps I am not aware that thanks to the rumination of cattle 80% of non-edible vegetable production is transformed into noble proteins that we find in the dish when we eat meat. We ask for balance and we believe that politics should intervene to avoid a drift that for the reasons expressed above risks seeing losers not only the farmers, but the entire ecosystem and above all the consumer”.

And Giuseppe Pulina speaks of a prejudicial ideological battle, who underlines how in his opinion there is a very precise plan to shift consumption "towards processed meat loafs or laboratory meat, referring to a false concept of sustainability that has nothing sustainable at all, given that behind these fake democratic projects there are millionaire investments. The consumption of beef is demonized but we forget to point out that every year, in the world, 2 million children die of gastrointestinal diseases. The livestock world is in the trenches, there is no doubt about this, the attacks are daily and to try to win this battle it is necessary to change the paradigm and stop adopting a defensive strategy. Mine is an invitation to farmers who must open up to public opinion by demonstrating that there is well-being in the barn, that the farming systems are respectful of the regulations in both animal and environmental matters. At the same time, citizens must understand that a farm is not a living room, but a place where animals live, grow and perform all natural physiological conditions. France recently passed a law that protects the smells of the countryside. I would say that it is a splendid example of how public opinion and the agro-zootechnical world can find a meeting point outside of all the animalist and vegan ideologies that are trying to destroy us”.

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