Some of the world’s largest beef exporters are set to defend the animal agriculture industry at a United Nations (UN) food summit this month.
Among them are Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay – and according to reports, they plan to combat criticism of animal farming.
Defending animal agriculture
Countries across Latin America are joining up ahead of the 2021 Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome in just a few days.
It’s come following worldwide concerns over the environmental impact of the meat and dairy industries.
Moreover, countries in South America are worried it will create an anti-beef consumption ‘narrative’, according to Reuters.
Chair of the Southern Agricultural Council is Santiago Bertoni. It represents Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
In a video conference, Bertoni reportedly said: “We have some concerns because we do not see the region adequately reflected in the discussion groups.
“We do not want biased decisions to be made.”
Brazil is the world’s largest beef producer and exporter, as are Uruguay and Paraguay.
Moreover, it is a leading supplier to China and the UK.
In fact, a report surfaced last year that outlined how Britain’s ‘chicken addiction’ was driving deforestation in Brazil.
Further reports blame animal agriculture for causing devasting fires across the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil over 2020.
Many point the finger at farmers clearing land to make way for cattle ranching, whilst others directly attest it to far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.
However, Bertoni insists the region does not bear ‘much’ responsibility when it comes to climate change. And greenhouse gas emissions, in particular, Reuters adds.
The main UN Food Systems Summit is taking place in New York later this September.