The European Commission is tackling polluting emissions from farms

The European Commission is fighting polluting emissions from livestock. As part of a draft revision presented on Tuesday, 5 April, it proposes to extend the scope of its directive 2010/75/HUH in industrial emissions for cattle, swine and poultry farms with more than 150 head of cattle (UGB) [1]. Goal: get savings zero pollution » of 2050.

This announcement outraged the main French conventional agricultural organizations. This measure concerns almost all farms » French whatever your size »got alarmed FNSEA, the majority agricultural union, in a press release. She brandished examples of a French cattle farm with 100 cows on 120 hectares, fed at 80 % grass and managed by some breeders » or a farm of 500 pigs fed with cereals produced on the farm where a breeder works ».

View of a factory farm »

On Twitter, several ranchers posted photos of their herds grazing, as well as comments like view of a factory farm » Where industrial agriculture according to the European Commission »

This proposal also aroused the ire of French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie. It makes no sense. We will fight at Council level to restore reason to this text »he promised on twitter. It’s a farm of a hundred suckler cows, in our mountains, in Europe, industrial ? The answer is no. And for all that, this Commission proposal, tomorrow, will consider it industrial agriculture. […] At the same time, 10,000 cows can enter Europe using growth antibiotics from South American farms. Which are not considered factory farms. it’s a freak »have like this denounced in the presence of the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski.

If this proposal were adopted by the European Parliament and the Council as planned in 2023, Member States would then have eighteen months to transpose this directive into their national legislation. Breeders would then have three years to adjust to the standard. The obligations arising from the proposal will take into account farm size and livestock density through customized requirements », assures the European Commission in a press release. They will also benefit from a simplified authorization regime ». According to Brussels, 13 % of European farms may be at stake, which represents 60 % of livestock ammonia emissions and 43 % of methane in the European Union ».

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