A lapidary phrase has been enough for the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, to disavow the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón in front of the Minister of Agriculture Luis Planas: “Wherever they put a steak on the spot … that’s unbeatable”. A few words that he uttered, to questions from journalists during a trip to the Baltic countries. This is a boost to Planas, in the middle of another confrontation with his colleague from the Council of Ministers and with a possible remodeling of the Executive in the coming weeks, although today Sánchez denied that it was his priority. In all the quiñielas, the coordinator of Izquierda Unida (IU) also appears as one of the weakest links.
Sánchez exposes one of the ministers of United We Can, who in statements to TVE had referred to the strategy ‘Spain 2050’ which was presented in style by Moncloa a few weeks ago. In it it was assured that the consumption of meat of the Spanish population is “between two and five times higher than recommended” and pointed towards a decrease in its consumption. In this sense he added that «This change in consumption patterns does not have to negatively affect our activity and employment levels either. He also assured that lower consumption did not imply lower demand and assured that “the circular and sustainable economy does not have to be less dynamic and prosperous than the linear and unsustainable one; quite the contrary”.
In addition, the head of consumption has denied lack of coordination between both departments and explained that “the ministries are in constant coordination and, in fact, today they have a meeting and they know what the line of work is and that’s where I stay.” In parallel, Planas in the SER considered that the campaign in favor of reducing meat consumption “It is as wrong as that sugar kills”and that it was “absolutely out of place” for pointing out the meat sector in this way.
The Minister of Finance and government spokesperson has also intervened in the controversy, which as reported by EP has recommended in some statements on TVE that they take a “saludable and based on the Mediterranean diet ». In addition to urging to consume meat “in moderation, like everything in life.” Along these lines, he has shown his support for the meat sector, of which he has highlighted some “unprecedented quality and environmental respect indexes” and urged to “protect and preserve” due to their weight.
The difficult relationship between Consumption and Agriculture
Garzón already has a history of friction with other members of the coalition executive. Only with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has he already had two previous controversies: the application of the frontal labeling system known as “Nutriscore” and the most notorious around the “sugar kills” campaign, which earned him the unanimous reproach of all sugar producers and several dozen municipalities. In addition to the Junta de Castilla y León itself. Apart from the above, the minister from Izquierda Unida (IU) was also seen with the tourism sector and his partner Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry.