The war on meat comes to Spain
The war on meat seems to have spread to Spain:
This week, Spain’s Consumer Minister Alberto Garzón launched a campaign urging people to consider reducing their meat consumption for the sake of their health and the planet.
In a video he noted that Spain eats more meat than any other country in the EU, slaughtering 70 million pigs, cows, sheep, goats, horses and birds each year to produce 7.6 million tonnes of meat…
Campaigns like this almost always start with “a think tank,” but that’s not where they end.
Even if as the invitations came, it was not the most tempting:
“That doesn’t mean that we can’t barbecue with the family from time to time, just that we do it with a little more restraint and that we make up for the days when we eat meat in having days when we eat more salad, rice, legumes and vegetables ”, [ Garzón] mentionned.
Salad, rice, pulses and vegetables.
Rest my heart.
(Snark should not be taken as an endorsement of salad, rice or vegetables)
Luis Planas, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, told Cadena Ser radio that the agricultural sector was subject to “deeply unfair criticism when it deserved respect for the honest work that ‘it does for our food and our economy. He said meat consumption had declined over the past 10 years until the start of the Covid pandemic.
A lost decade, therefore.
Six meat producers’ associations wrote an open letter to Garzón, saying they were stunned to see him and his ministry lead a campaign that “slandered” a sector that accounts for 2.5 million jobs and exports worth almost 9 billion euros.
Asked about his thoughts on the campaign, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez appeared to side with his agriculture minister, saying: “Personally, a medium rare steak is hard to beat.
Others, meanwhile, struggled to see exactly what it was. “Eating less meat is better for your health and better for the environment,” the Spanish food journalist tweeted. Mikel López Iturriaga. “You can stuff your face with all the steak you want, but don’t get mad because a minister is telling you the exact same thing as the World Health Organization, other institutions and countless other experts. scientists in the field. “
Iturriaga wins the award by styling a reference to #science with one at WHO. WHO!
Oh yeah, there’s this from the BBC:
Mr. Planas is from Mr. Sánchez’s Socialist Party, which enjoys strong support in some rural areas and among traditional working-class voters. Mr Garzón is from the left-wing Unidas Podemos unit, which depends on younger, urban progressive voters.
I’ll leave that story there, but don’t kid yourself. Sooner or later the climate warriors will “invite” you to eat less meat, possibly through increasingly criminal taxes.
Serrano ham at some point this weekend, I think.