From the agrarian organization they point out that it is an “unnecessary” attack on a sector in a critical situation and they do not understand why the minister has not used the official data of the Ministry for Ecological Transition
The Agrarian-Young Farmers Association (ASAJA) of Albacete shows its discomfort at the latest statements by Alberto Garzón, Minister of Consumption, where he made a call to reduce meat consumption and pointed out that the livestock industry produced 14.5% of emissions of CO2.
The agrarian organization criticizes this new “free attack” on the livestock sector, a sector that in these times of pandemic, experiencing a very complicated situation, has continued to carry out its activity day after day to produce safe and high-quality food to supply all the population.
ASAJA Albacete points out that these statements again demonstrate a great ignorance of what Spanish livestock is and critical that “wrong” and “denied” data have been used by FAO itself and not the official data of the Ministry of Ecological Transition.
And it is that according to official data from the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge in the “Advance of Greenhouse Gas emissions corresponding to the year 2020”, Transport would be responsible for 27.7% of emissions, Industry 21 , 4%, Electricity Generation of 10.1%, and Residential Commercial and Institutional (RCI) of 8.2%; while Livestock and Agriculture would be responsible for 14%. To these data it must be added that according to the official data of the “National Inventory of Greenhouse Gases” of the same Ministry for the Ecological Transition, livestock production of meat represents 7% of total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in our country, being included in 11.9% within the total section of agriculture; Thus, said inventory shows that transport accounts for 27% of emissions; industry 19.9%; electricity generation 17.8%; fuel consumption 8.5% and industrial processes and use of other products 8%.
Another example that dismantles the arguments of the minister is found from the Interprofesional del Porcino de Capa Blanca, where always with data from the Ministries of Agriculture and Ecological Transition, the Spanish pig sector with white cap reduced its emissions of Gases by 4.11%. Greenhouse Effect for each kilo of meat produced in 2020 compared to 2019; this reduction being 41% in the last 15 years.
From ASAJA Albacete it is highlighted that the livestock-meat sector contributes to job creation; highlighting the importance of livestock when maintaining different ecosystems such as pastures in the case of Iberian pigs or the traditional grazing of sheep and goats or cattle in pastures or mountain areas, thus promoting biodiversity and the conservation of spaces natural, and contributing to the fertilization of these lands and the reduction of erosion and desertification.
The agrarian organization recalls that according to the FAO, this sector generates in Spain more than 2.5 million jobs and almost 9,000 million euros of exports within the Spanish trade.
For all this, ASAJA Albacete calls for the resignation of the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón for his statements against the consumption of meat for being alarmist and erroneous and seriously harming the Albacete livestock sector.