Arno Heilemann from Magdeburg comments on AZ's August 7 article titled "Livestock stocks too big":
The number of livestock must decrease: Mrs Klöckner has apparently not yet recognized the gravity of the situation, or more likely, the agriculture lobby determines the policy.
The Ministry of Agriculture should be renamed Ministry of Agriculture. Animal welfare, CO² reduction? No. Antibiotics in the mast, even reserve antibiotics, are used in an unregulated way. Result: In Europe, about 40,000 deaths, because antibiotics in case of emergency no longer work. But what are human lives against sales in agricultural production?
Ms. Klöckner met with the leading lobbyist of the poultry industry, her colleague from the Ripken party, former state secretary in Lower Saxony. Result: we must think about it … Prohibition of the use of antibiotics reserve, false. Our groundwater is contaminated with nitrates. Brussels again threatens massively with sanctions. The treatment of groundwater in drinking water is becoming more and more complex. Water prices will increase. Less manure? Lower cattle? In the opinion of Mrs Klöckner.
Instead, manure, for example from Holland, is imported into Saxony-Anhalt. Prohibition of importation: no indication. Unhealthy foods containing too much sugar flood the market. Light food traffic, sugar tax? No.
Obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are increasing, especially in our country. The essential is the sale. Since the middle of the year, we have exhausted our resources, we live at the pump of future generations. Kerosene and CO 2 tax? No. Politics must govern and is committed to the common good. Many politicians have forgotten the first two letters. The bottom line is that re-election works and industry determines the policy.
Arno Heilemann, Magdeburg
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