European farm group video opposes trade agreement with Mercosur countries


The Hagstrom Report

via The Fence Post - Feb 15, 2021


Three European farm organizations have posted a 6-minute video to explain why they oppose the European Union’s trade agreement with the Mercosur trade bloc countries in South America.


As it stands, the agreement “is unacceptable to EU farmers at a time when they will have to find solutions to respond to the Green Deal objectives,” the organizations of European farm groups and cooperatives said in a news release.


“The three main reasons given in this video are clear. First, the agreement with Mercosur is unbalanced in its agricultural chapter, especially for already fragile sectors. Through the example of the beef sector, it is easy to understand that this agreement is going to transfer the bargaining power from EU livestock farmers to big operators in Mercosur countries.


“Secondly, European farmers rightly fear the cumulative and hardly measurable impacts of all the agreements already signed and those still to come. This was confirmed by the commission study on the cumulative impact assessment on agriculture products.


“In this context, the EU-Mercosur agreement is the straw that could break the camel’s back. The example given in the video speaks for itself: in the poultry sector, each year imports from Mercosur countries will represent the production of Denmark, Finland and Sweden combined.


“The last essential argument featured is that the EU-Mercosur agreement will clearly widen the gap for EU farmers due to double standards...