Macro farms or extensive farming?

Take advantage of resources without excuses

We start January with a controversy about meat and macro-farms or extensive farming.

We Spaniards are very inclined to be either with you or against you and it is difficult, given the lack of information and the manipulation of the media, to get an informed opinion of how things are and how everything is part of a chain.

Everyone is committing to ecology because it is scientifically proven that if we do not put a stop to emissions and wasteful consumption in all its facets, the world will end or will be transformed, and nobody will be spared.

This makes it necessary to take action, because this wild and immeasurable consumption has also given rise to magnifying production while waste increases more than what is actually consumed. Plastics, food and also the manure (solid excrement) of animals are toxic and they have an environmental impact.

We will all agree that a cow or a pig, etc., that has limited space and cannot move, will surely be stressed and will give worse meat than the one given by a cow grazing freely and happily in the field.

One of the reasons for macro farms to exist is because they make meat cheaper and thus more affordable to more people. However, our neighbour the German Minister of Agriculture has declared war on junk meat prices and called for better animal conditions in the stables.

He also made reference to the increasing weight gain of the population. He wants to increase organic farming fields and does not want junk prices, because they lead small farms to ruin, impede animal welfare, promote the extinction of species and pollute.

In contrast, we have extensive livestock farming that efficiently takes advantage of the territory’s resources with native species and breeds, generating quality products, shaping the landscape, helping to control fires and lead to animal welfare.

In the end, excessive consumption of meat leads us to catastrophe, and it is sometimes done in the name of the poorest, used as an excuse, but we forget that very frequent consumption of meat is not healthy either.

Also, unemployment and wages are due to be reviewed, because there are those who cannot eat meat and not even an onion.

Obviously, the world is not well distributed.

At Talsa, we live from the sector, since we make machines for the meat industry, so we cannot stay out of the controversy. It is at least our duty to be informed of what is happening and the more voices are heard, the easier to reach a state, European and global consensus on the subject.