Patuanelli: “We need a transition in the livestock sector”
[9 Giugno 2021]
Today Greenpeace activists have placed in front of the ministry of agricultural and forestry policies the reproduction of a sick planet, complete with a mask, and a “carpet of horrors”, with images of intensive farming and burning forests.
Greenpeace argues that they are the symbols it has chosen to “denounce the harsh truth of intensive farming and ask that these activities are no longer financed with public money, which should instead serve to initiate a radical transition of the current production model”. For this reason, activists and activists have also opened a banner with the words “Enough public money for meat factories”.
Minister Stefano Patuanelli met with Greenpeace and the environmental organization reports that “It was agreed on the unsustainability of the current levels of intensive meat production and on the need to initiate a transition in the sector, also underlining the excessive density of intensive farming in some areas of the country “.
According to Simona Savini, agriculture campaign of Greenpeace Italy, «If politics does not open our eyes to the need to overcome the intensive system of meat production, a high-risk future awaits us. Now more than ever it is necessary to use the public funds of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the PNRR to support small-scale ecological productions, rather than large intensive farms that devour the planet ».
Greenpeace highlights that “Animal husbandry is in fact one of the main drivers of the destruction of forests and biodiversity, and can thus favor new leaps in species (spillover) of viruses from animals to humans. Intensive farming, in particular, where many animals are forced to live in confined spaces, are the ideal environment for the proliferation of pathogens such as coronaviruses and influenza viruses, and this is also demonstrated by the numerous avian outbreaks discovered in these weeks in various countries, from China to Poland. A “perfect combination” for the emergence of new epidemics that governments will again have to face if the causes are not addressed at the root.
Environmentalists warn that «Technological solutions will not be enough to reduce the impacts of intensive farming if the taboo of reducing production levels is not broken. In Italy we consume about double the amount of meat and about three times the amount of dairy products compared to the world average. An unsustainable diet that is increasingly distant from the Mediterranean one, which pays for itself in terms of environmental pollution, deforestation, greater risks of new epidemics and the gradual disappearance of small businesses ».
Savini concludes: “We ask that institutions, starting with the Ministry of Agriculture, look reality in the face and use public funds to favor a radical change in the way we produce our food, without resorting to false solutions to shore up a status quo that already shows all its cracks, even from an economic point of view, given the increasingly lower income of farmers. It is necessary to produce and consume less meat, but of higher quality, for the benefit of our health, the environment and the dignity of the producers’ work: scientists are always repeating this and we would do well to listen to them ».