GERMANY, Frankfurt. With a Twitter contribution on pig farming in Europe, EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski provokes opposition at the German Meat Association.
The German Meat Association (VDF) sees the contribution as a call to reduce intensive pig farming. "An expression of opinion supported by feelings and accompanied by unsuitable figures, which in addition contains a tendentious reference to an alleged disadvantage of your home country, is inappropriate for the head of the EU Commission's agriculture department, who must be committed to the welfare of the entire agriculture of the EU", writes VDF chairman Heiner Manten in a letter to the EU Commissioner, which is available on fleischwirtschaft.de.
It is not possible to derive the level of sustainability in a given sector from the number of animals kept per hectare of agricultural land in a given country alone. There are large and small states in the EU and regions within larger states with intensive livestock farming, which may be of a similar order of magnitude to the total national territory of a smaller state. "What is sustainable and what is not sustainable requires a thorough analysis involving many elements," Manten notes.