“If the Mercosur deal is ratified it will see the equivalent of 1million cattle a year being transported up to 11,000km from South America” Denis Naughten told Dáil Éireann this afternoon.
The Roscommon Galway TD who will vote against the Mercosur deal tomorrow said that “Irish farmers get just €3.10 for every €10 paid for beef in our supermarkets and the farmer’s share has been slashed by one quarter in the last 15 years”. He went on to point out that “over that period South American beef has been used as one of the key tools in undermining the margin paid to Suckler farmers”.
“Brazilian ranchers are clearing an area of rainforest, the size of County Cork every year in order to export beef into a European market which already produces enough beef to meet its own needs. What will that do to our climate?” asked Denis Naughten
He went on to point out that “the Mercosur deal is a bad deal for Irish beef farmers and also a bad deal for our climate, and that is why I’ll be voting against it tomorrow”.