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Beef cattle: third appeal to MEPs

Against the Industrial Emissions Directive

05, Jul 2023

The main operators of the beef cattle chain in Italy take the field for the third time, addressing the MEPs to avoid the inclusion of beef cattle in the bureaucratic mesh of Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council in the next Plenary Assembly , of 24 November 2010, relating to industrial emissions.

Alessandro De Rocco, President of the Interprofession OI Intercarneitalia, Serafino Cremonini, President of the National Processing Committee and Assocarni President, Fabiano Barbisan, President of AOP Italia Zootecnica, write a new appeal, the third, placing at the beginning of the document, a series of questions:

- Who has an interest in destroying beef cattle breeding?
- Why do they want to include it at all costs among the polluting industries?
- Why overwhelm farmers with unnecessary and costly bureaucracy forcing them to abandon their livestock activities?

These are just some of the questions we ask ourselves - said De Rocco, Cremonini and Barbisan - in witnessing the rebound in Europe between Commissions which, firstly rejected in the Agriculture Commission the inclusion of beef cattle zootechnics in Directive 2010/75/EU and then in the Environment Commission they try everything to insert it, despite the negative vote of the other Commission.

This is the text of the letter sent today to all Italian MEPs in view of the plenary session of the European Parliament to be held next week:

“We follow up on previous calls asking you to prevent yet another attempt to include beef cattle in Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions.

In the opening box of this letter, we asked a few questions because we are unable to understand Parliament's choice towards a sector that has been spontaneously and constantly improving its environmental performance for years, with particular reference to emissions into the atmosphere and the correct management of company waste . The sector is also constantly improving its facilities to ensure animal welfare at all stages of farming.

In formulating our third appeal, we fully recall the reasons already amply highlighted in our previous communications and reiterate that the inclusion of bovine farms within the scope of application of Directive 2010/75/EU would entail an unjustified increase in costs for farmers which would risk making a large number of stables disappear with serious negative impacts on the entire agricultural ecosystem. In this regard, it should be recalled that the peculiarity of bovine zootechnics is the self-production of a large part of the zootechnical feed that the animals need, which inextricably links the sector to the agricultural land.

Moreover, the rural characteristics of cattle production allow the preservation and protection of the territory, preventing hydrogeological instability and the abandonment of marginal areas thanks to the constant presence of the breeder / farmer.

The abandonment of beef production would also lead to the loss of the virtuous circular economy processes that distinguish it. Just think of the numerous by-products and co-products that are obtained from the beef supply chain and which are destined for various different and complementary uses with respect to human nutrition (pharmaceutical, biomedical, animal feed, leather goods, bioenergy, etc.).

Lastly, in support of the sector's theses, we attach the slides used by Prof. Giuseppe Pulina (Agronomist and PhD, Full Professor of Ethics and Sustainability of Livestock Farming at the Department of Agriculture of the University of Sassari) in the context of the recent presentation in Rome of the book "MEATS AND CURED MEATS: THE NEW FRONTIERS OF SUSTAINABILITY", which, in the context of new scientific acquisitions, fully rehabilitate the sector with respect to its effective impact on climate change.

The book indicated above was written by Dr. Elisabetta Bernardi (Nutritionist, biologist, specialist in Food Science) by Prof. Ettore Capri (Full Professor in Agricultural Chemistry at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart) and by Prof. Giuseppe Pulina and is already available in bookstores and in digital format (https://www.francoangeli.it/Libro/Carni-e-salumi:-le-nuove-frontiere-della-sostenibilit%C3%A0?Id=28527).

Therefore, in view of next week's plenary vote, we invite you to reject all those provisions that include the bovine sector within the text and impose stringent thresholds on the basis of an incorrect equation of breeding with industrial activities.

In trusting in your authoritative intervention in the next steps of the legislation in question, we remain up to you


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