Farms are not factories: European Parliament votes in agreement with Coldiretti’s position

No to the norm that eliminates stables. Stop charges for pigs and poultry.


Economy - published on 14 July 2023


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Source: Coldiretti Treviso Press Office

We have stopped in Europe the rule to kill stables, with the decision to leave out the cattle farms from the revision of the directive on industrial emissions that saves a pivotal sector of the Made in Italy –. This is what Giorgio Polegato, President of Coldiretti Treviso, says in agreement with the National President Ettore Prandini in claiming the decision of the European Parliament, which voted with a majority of 367 votes in favour the exclusion of cattle and the stop to further burdens for pigs and poultry.

The fallout is also positive for the Marca trevigiana, which has many valuable farms in the Asolo and Castellana areas. This is good news for the whole Veneto region, which produces very high quality meat –  says Coldiretti Treviso, where 40 per cent of Italian poultry farms, over 15 per cent of cattle farms and 10 per cent of pig farms are concentrated.

The relapse is also positive for the Marca trevigiana, which has a number of high quality farms in the Asolo and Castellana areas. This is good news for the whole Veneto region, which produces very high quality meat – says Coldiretti Treviso, where 40% of Italian poultry farms, more than 15% of cattle farms, and 10% of pig farms are concentrated.

A text that meets the demands of Coldiretti, which had first denounced the scientific absurdity of comparing stables to factories and launched an awareness campaign on this in Italy and Europe: The text rejects the European Commission’s proposal to extend the activities covered by the directive to cattle farms from 150 heads upwards, which –  Polegato stresses, would have led to job losses with the closure of many small- and medium-sized farms, undermining food sovereignty and the consequent increase in dependence on imports of animal products from third countries, which have much lower environmental, food safety and animal welfare standards than those imposed on EU farmers. Or, even worse to push towards the development of synthetic test-tube foods, from meat to milk synthetic foods.

To equate livestock farms, even small/medium sized ones, to industrial activities, continued the Coldiretti president, would have been unfair and misleading with respect to the role they play in the environmental balance and food security in Europe.

We have succeeded in stopping an ideological approach based on inaccurate and old data that would have had negative impacts on the environment with the loss of biodiversity, landscapes and depopulation of rural areas –  says Polegato, stressing that – now the exclusion will have to be consolidated after the negotiations that will open with the EU Council. The decision not to burden pig and poultry farms with further burdens goes to recognise the efforts that Italian breeders are making to increase the sustainability of their farms which, on a global scale, are already the best performers in terms of environmental impact and climate change mitigation.

 

Translated by Cecilia Flaccavento

Intern at the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno

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