Editorial 58: 2016, to deregulate and reindustrialize the primary sector
A Holiday celebration in the end and of the beginning of the year makes us in many occasions to reflect the past and plan the future. Apart from the sad news on the development of international “bags” and conflicts that have produced millions of problems, it is also disturbing the entrenchment of the situation of agriculture and livestock in some countries of Southern Europe.
In recent years the industries of the sector have been dismantled one after another (cereal crops for animal feed, food plants, farms of genetic breeding, production farms, slaughterhouses and processing industry) and are insignificant, compared with international chains, the number of restaurants that sell prepared meals with meat or vegetables produced in their own country.
There are abandoned all growth models based on research and valued production and the economy of these countries also gave up that model, primary production, the growth of corruption, monopolies disguised as oligarchies (do not know which of these two is worse) and patronage networks are based on construction and waste the public resources. The result has been the breakdown of civil society.
Nobody should be surprised therefore with the political situation created after several elections in Southern Europe, derived from public unhappiness with the shamelessness called “respublica” and the cost for the states has been much higher because had chosen to promote national or community projects, based on the responsible production, development of new products of equal opportunities.
In our area of the primary sector of the economy, the society perceives farmers as people who produce dangerous products disrespectful to human health and the environment. As a good part this perception derives the public opinion generated from the media and from some national and international public bodies.
While a breakdown of the food safety in distribution, for the lack of unanimous support, farmers suffer from competition of the products produced in the European Union and the products produced in third countries that do not meet the requirements of the internal market. At the same time we should not forget the difficulties with certain laws that virtually preclude any initiative of new facility. Meanwhile, existing facilities are being constantly eroded by energy costs, environmental fundamentalism and urbanite life which take far away the population of agriculture.
Veterinaria Digital always defended the efforts of farmers to maintain the urbanized countryside with expression of George Pompidou, and we wish the new 2016 year to change the tendency and be a start of the process of deregulation and reindustrialization of the primary sector as proposed by Giorgio Napolitano.