Friday, December 9

Garzón attributes part of the rise in prices of products such as watermelon to “climatic phenomena”




The Minister of Consumer Affairs, Alberto Garzonpointed out this Wednesday during his appearance at the Congress of Deputies’ Health and Consumption Commission that products such as watermelons, whose rising prices are causing concern among consumers, are “affected by alterations and climatic phenomena such as two extreme heat waves in spring affecting the orchards of Almería and Murcia together with an increase in demand at a national and international level». In this sense, he has explained that there is «a clear dislocation in international trade that is affecting the markets for raw materials, energy, minerals and food. In his opinion, inflation “is not a problem of demand, nor of wages, so the measures aimed at wage containment come from fossilized economics manuals.”

Video surveillance in slaughterhouses

In the chapter on announcements, Garzón has reported the creation of a sanctioning general subdirectorate for massive fraud, as well as the approval of a royal decree of flhygiene exibilization of the retail trade without undermining safety at the end of the year and regulations on animal welfare in slaughterhouses by installing video surveillance. He has also made reference to the imminent start of the processing of the future Customer Service Law whose first draft, he has criticized, dates from 2011. Regarding the regulations related to the game, he added that by the end of this year they will regulate everything related to the loot boxes or ‘loot boxes’ in video games, whose draft will be released for consultation in the coming weeks. “We will be the first country with a specific regulation,” he pointed out.

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Meat consumption, “political controversy”

Garzón has also reaffirmed his previous statements on consumption and all the debate generated by “political rather than scientific controversy”. In his opinion, it is necessary to change consumption habits and he has urged to focus attention on the food field “which accounts for more than 50% of the ecological impact.” In this context, it has once again valued the recommendation to reduce the consumption of meat “by health advice, also ecological.”

From there, the minister has recognized that “the model of production and consumption is very diverse, with large and small farms” which he has simplified in «a family model – extensive livestockvery popular in Castilla y León, Asturias… with environmentally sustainable inputs» and another «macro-intensive model, of macro-farms, an unsustainable model whose necessary inputs such as feed, water consumption and others add a series of ecological impacts». In this sense, he has been in favor of the first model – “we have not been neutral”, he has recognized – and defended the existence of what he has called the “traditional model of extensive and semi-extensive livestock versus macro-farms”.

In this line, Garzón has reaffirmed himself in his statements and in the defense of a model that he has considered sustainable. For this reason, he has criticized the “impact” of certain production models of agri-food field and mentioned the losses of flora in the Mar Menor. “Large farms not only pollute but also contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases and create feedback of zoonotic diseases.”

for the minister, «The lobby of the macro-farms tortured the statements against those who had put their finger on the yagathese are investment funds, with different business models that he explains contextualizes what happened at that time».

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