President Gustavo Petro spoke about livestock and said: “It brings us closer to the extinction of the species”

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In addition, he assured that, of the occupation that cattle have in the country, a part should be used for food crops

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President Gustavo Petro spoke about livestock and said: “It brings us closer to the extinction of the species”

In the image, the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, during his speech at the Unified Command Post (PMU), in Pinillos, Bolívar. Photo: Presidency of Colombia

President Gustavo Petro has been clear with his positions on climate change and his criticisms of some economic sectors. This time he spoke again about what he thinks of livestock farming as an economic activity at the XXXIX Congress of that union, in front of the leaders of this sector he said: “This activity brings us closer to the extinction of the species.”

< p class="paragraph">The president explained that, being one of the activities that generates the most greenhouse gases, it is responsible for the changes that are being seen in the country, such as heavy rains and their consequences in different areas of the country; In addition, he emphasized that the most serious thing is that the guild does not want to assume the responsibility that they have.

“This change that we are suffering in one of its consequences, which is this winter wave, which is not a natural disaster, is the consequence of an economic system that refuses today (…) to pay the damages and losses that it has brought a high standard of living founded, never before achieved. It produces a chemical transformation in the atmosphere, changes water cycles on a planetary scale and causes ever greater visible catastrophes and increasingly deadly invisible ones, such as viruses,” Petro said.

He even went further and began to mention other economic industries that generate this type of pollution, assuring that neither these bring as negative consequences as livestock. This goes hand in hand with what the UN has indicated, after studies that mention that the sector is responsible for 65% of nitrous oxide of human origin, which has 296 times more Global Warming Potential than CO2.

“The main economic branch that produces this situation in developed countries is not the use of cars, it is not the number of factories that need that energy to make that industry in those countries, if it is not a type of livestock and a type of agriculture, whose path we can no longer and should not imitate”, added the Colombian president.

Finally, he spoke about the amount of hectare that is destined for this activity and launched a final opinion, where he mentioned that a part of the 15 million hectares occupied by cattle should be used in other economic activities such as planting crops of different products that They occur in Colombia.

If that were achieved in the Colombian Caribbean, it would develop, it would not have poverty. There would be no hunger in Barranquilla”, Petro told the mayor Jaime Pumarejo.

Despite the fact that the president's words could be seen in a very negative way within the union, the truth is that a conversation has begun between the parts where common ground has been found. For example, a few days ago the sector spoke positively of the president's proposal to reopen municipal slaughterhouses.

“We welcome this proposal by President Gustavo Petro and we hope that can materialize, this would allow some costs to be lowered, we in the region see shortcomings in the municipalities that have slaughterhouses that do not meet the specifications, we would also ask the government to also open the fairgrounds that are necessary for it to arrive cattle from other regions”, said the spokesman for that industry, Anastasio Ramírez, a cattle farmer and co-founder of the North Santander Coganort Cattlemen's Committee, before Caracol Radio.