makes an appeal to close the borders to imports and exports
of meat and dairy. Why do we want this and what are the
We appeal for this because the export of meat and dairy supports industrial farming, which we are trying to get banned.
In this article we will not be answering the question whether a ban on export can be realized in a free market society. Where there's a will, there's a way.
We will be listing a number of consequences and the pros and cons for the branches of pigs, cows and poultry. We conclude with a number of preconditions under which cattle farmers can rely on an acceptable (sometimes better) income in the proposed situation.
A second appeal, which we made to our Dutch Minister
of Agriculture, is to limit agriculture to purely biological
agriculture. This would improve animal well being, mainly
by stopping international transports of live animals,
guaranteeing more freedom
not only for animals, but also for cattle farmers who
are now being held by the short hairs by animal fodder
and meat processing industries.
In Holland, the number of pigs being produced is three
times the consumption; two thirds are exported. Meat
pigs are made ready for slaughter in four months with
the aid of antibiotics working as growth stimulants.
Cattle can reach a variety of ages in our country.
Some newly born bull calves are killed quickly, others
reach the age of 14 months. Dairy cows sometimes were
killed after their last calf, when they had reached
the age of 15. Our meat consumption makes up for a little
less than a quarter of the number of adult cows, and
roughly half of our pork consumption. Most adult cows
are dairy cows, which stop producing after about four
years and have had only 2 or 3 calves in their short
It's clear that a reduction of cattle stocks must be
compensated with a higher price for the products of
cattle farmers. This compensation should preferably
be offered by a healthy market mechanism. Protective
measures such as closing borders, which are normally
undesirable, are now in the interest of animals, the
environment and the consumer's health.
Meat chick farms
Chick meat is consumed almost as much as beef. Just as for pigs, roughly three times the amount consumed in our own country is produced. Changing from intensive to biological would maintain the number of farms at 1230, if the average occupation would be reduced to a quarter or a third of the population. It is conceivable that analogous to dairy farming the meat of overgrown, but not squeezed out, laying hens is used for consumption, instead of the now specially reared "turbo" chicks. As you know, these poor creatures don't live longer than six weeks.
|A possible solution is that
we eat less meat and more fruit and vegetables. This is
cheaper and healthy, and also good for our climate. A
higher price for meat does not have to be a great problem
for the consumer.
On top of that, we are all also paying, through taxes, European subsidies to maintain the meat market and to cushion its negative consequences for environment and health.
By closing the borders for meat and dairy we will prevent all these problems, and by abolishing the various subsidies the Dutch farmers and the consumer will benefit in the end.