EU plans to allow Brazilian beef, pork and chicken into Europe under a free trade agreement threatens tens of thousands of Dutch family farms, according to CDA MP Henk Jan Ormel in the Telegraaf.
While beef imports will cost the European industry €25m, according to the European farming lobby group Copa-Cegeca, the effect on the pork industry will be far worse, Ormel says.
‘While we are sharpening the animal welfare and environmental demands on Dutch farmers, we are bringing in cut price meat via the back door,’ he said. ‘This will mean the end of our farming system.’
‘We should at least be insisting that all the meat which ends up on Dutch supermarket shelves has been produced in line with European standards,’ Albert Jan Maat of the farm organisation LTO Nederland told the paper.
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