Denmark's bacon exports damaging environment: Greenpeace
The deal is set to earn Danish Crown 2.3 billion kroner, Ritzau reports.
Greenpeace agricultural policy advisor Kristian Sloth criticised the trade deal, citing
âIâm very dejected. Iâm embarrassed for my country,â Sloth said.
âMeat is the worldâs least sustainable food product. It is the absolute worst thing you can produce, and weâre world champions of it in Denmark,â he continued.
âOur nature and environment must now suffer for the sake of meat for people in China. Thatâs insane,â he said.
Danish Crown opened a processing factory in Shanghai earlier this year. It is this facility which will process and package the meat for Chinese consumers.
Sloth called for political restrictions on market forces that could cause significant environmental harm.
He also said that a progra mme on green policy presented by the government last month failed to address pollution caused by pork production.
âYou cannot blame Danish Crown, who are reaping the rewards as their entire apparatus allows,â he said.
âThe agricultural sector has been given a free pass by the government. It is Danish politicians who are allowing our land to become an ammonia puddle,â he said, also calling Denmark âa real âoink-oinkâ countryâ and âthe worldâs meat factoryâ.
âThere is no excuse for this, if you consider the climate crisis we are facing,â he said.
Sloth cited a study from Germanyâs Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research which found that plant-based agriculture has the capacity to feed three to four times as many people as meat.
âDanish politicians must cut down on the number of animals in Denmark. That would have an immediate effect in climate impact,â he said.
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