We must prevent Mercosur
Salzburg (OTS) – The Mercosur trade agreement negotiated between the European Commission and the countries of South America threatens the high quality of Austrian food and agriculture by flooding with non-toxic pesticides. authorized in the EU, genetic manipulation and inexpensive beef, Mercosur also feeds global climate through massive deforestation of rainforests in the Amazon region. In order to prevent these threats, the Austrian Parliament must not ratify the agreement in this form.
Dr. Gerhard Drexel, CEO of SPAR Austria:
"At a time when trade agreements are being concluded with countries such as Brazil, care must be taken to maintain high European standards, particularly with regard to the freedom of genetic engineering and the use of pesticides. risk of being flooded with low quality, low cost food that could harm consumers and agriculture, and the gradual deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, considered as the green lung. of the earth, is a disaster for the protection of animals, nature and climate.With the Mercosur agreement, we are promoting precisely this development, that of global warming, which we should effectively counteract with all our strength Any party committed to climate protection must therefore clearly stand up against Mercosur and Parliament must not ratify the agreement in this form! "
Industrial agriculture with gigantic proportions
The food production of the South American Confederation of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay) is based on the model of industrial agriculture. It means concretely:
Use of genetically modified seeds in monocultures, high and increasing use of pesticides, use of hormones and antibiotics in livestock and deforestation in the rainforest, to name a few some.
Global climate in danger
The area of monocultures of soybean, corn or sugar cane is steadily expanding in South America. They already penetrate from the central savannah to the Amazon. For example, soybean acreage has nearly doubled from 18 million hectares in 2002 to 33 million hectares in 2015.
Large areas of culture in genetic engineering
The area cultivated with soybeans is four times that of Portugal. Monocultures of soybean, corn and sugarcane are largely based on genetically modified glyphosate-resistant seeds.
World Champion of Pesticides in Brazil
Brazil is considered the largest user of pesticides in the world. More than 500 pesticides are allowed, of which 150 are banned in the EU. Glyphosate is by far the most popular pesticide. Authorities have generously granted residue limits for glyphosate: in the case of soybean, glyphosate residues of 0.05 mg per kilogram are allowed in the EU, while in Brazil, they are 10 mg, 200 times more than in the EU.
No precautionary principle
The states of Mercosur know no precautionary principle: once a pesticide is registered, the license is valid for life. It is not subject to periodic reassessments as in the EU.