“The Mercosur Trade Deal which will see the EU to import a further 99,000t of prime cut beef per year, is a clear indication that climate change has a price” stated INHFA National President Colm O’Donnell. The trade deal will he added “accelerate the ongoing destruction of the rain forests at the very time Commissioner Hogan is suggesting that Irish farmers should plant more trees.
What this deal proves suggested O’Donnell “is that big industry will trump the environment, our farmers and our rural communities. The is a u-turn on the line the EU give on the need to protect all of these. It also undermines EU standards on food safety as we cannot guarantee the true origin of the beef and all the associated risks that goes with this.”
For our suckler and beef farmers this deal will he stated “have long reaching and devastating effects that will extend to other farming sectors and the wider rural communities. For this reason it is vital that our Government and all elected public representatives do everything they can to undermine this deal.”
He concluded by encouraging farmers to contact their public representatives, especially their MEP’s and impress on them the need to act in their interests and not allow the needs of German car manufacturers amongst others to undermine their future.