The ranchers have again exploded against the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzon, for his campaign against meat produced in Spain. The agrarian organization UPA has demanded that Garzón "rectify or resign after a new attack on livestock" for his statements in an interview in the British newspaper "The Guardian". For its part,
The Agrarian Association of Young Farmers (Asaja) has also called for the dismissal of the Minister of Consumption for being "continually attacking" the Spanish countryside.
Specifically, the minister's statements focus on criticizing the macro-farms and the meat produced there, of "worse quality" and which Spain then exports to other countries. «They find a town in emptied Spain and they install 4,000, 5,000 or 10,000 head of cattle.
They pollute the soil, the water, and export that meat from abused animals, ”Garzón points out in the interview. From UPA they describe these words as "irresponsible and directly false". "In Spain there are no abused animals, Minister," the UPA farmers say in the statement.
In the opinion of UPA, the minister's words are "clumsy, myopic and may have dire effects on Spanish exports of meat products'. The ranchers invited the minister "to visit different types of farms to see how Spanish ranchers work." They also recalled that the head of Consumption should have much more urgent and important tasks such as "misguided inflation, imbalances in the agri-food chain and the need for transparent labeling that recognizes the origin of food, to name just three."
In addition, Asaja considered Garzón's assertions "inadmissible" and considered it "another chapter in the minister's sectarian attitude". The association also regretted that a ministry is maintained "that is continually attacking an important sector such as agriculture and livestock and, therefore, the interests of Spain."
For its part, the employer Anafric, business association of the meat industry, warned with taking legal action if Garzón does not rectify his statements. “We are going to reserve the right to take legal action if there is no rectification. Enough of bearing insults from this man, "said the president of Anafric, José Friguls, in a note.
According to the meat manufacturers, "they are serious and totally false manifestations," so they announced that they are going to ask the IU leader in writing for a public rectification. "He cannot act in this way, representing the Government of Spain."
In his defense, the Minister of Consumption alleged yesterday that "for reasons of space" the journalist of the British newspaper had to exclude information from his interview and insisted that "the hoax" about his statements in which he attacked the meat that is exported from Spain has been driven by the "lobby of certain large companies that promote polluting macro-farms."
I take this opportunity to publish the complete transcript of what I said in the interview, because for reasons of space the journalist had to exclude some elements that today, in the heat of the hoax and the lie that certain actors promote, are highlighted. pic.twitter.com/ljR2x3n5Bu
- Alberto Garzón🔻 (@agarzon) January 4, 2022
This was explained by Garzón on Tuesday through two messages on his Twitter profile that was accompanied by the complete transcript of what he said in the interview. "Take the opportunity to post the full transcript of what I said in the interview, because for reasons of space, the journalist had to exclude some elements that today, in the heat of the hoax and the lie that certain actors promote, are highlighted, "he said.
In mid-December, Garzón insisted on advise a reduction in meat consumption and purchase from small farmss. In a television interview, the head of Consumption stressed that the meat should be tried to come from extensive livestock and family farms due to its "neutral impact" on the environment and for labor reasons. In an interview on Radio Televisión de Canarias, the head of Consumption
Likewise, Garzón criticized that thousands of head of cattle are concentrated in the intensive macro-farms "Reducing the consumption of meat improves individual health and the health of the planet," he remarked.