The Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, has once again been the object of criticism from the opposition. This time by the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, who has charged against the member of the coalition government as a result of a interview in The Guardian. The popular politician has charged against the leader of the United Left for an assertion about the cattle ranch included in the publication.
Mañueco has demanded a correction from Garzón or, failing that, his resignation. He has done so through his official Twitter account in which instead of sharing the British newspaper’s own interview he has attached the publication of another medium. In this message on the social network, the Castilian-Leon leader asked himself “what has Castilla y León done for the Government of Spain to attack our farmers again”, assuring that “they will face us in the defense of men and women from the field ”.
What have you done # CastillayLeón for the Government of Spain to attack our farmers again. We will not admit it. They will face us in the defense of the men and women of the field. The Minister of Consumption has to rectify now or resign.https://t.co/R1sNgRMTuy– Alfonso F. Mañueco (@ alferma1) January 3, 2022
However, the Minister of Consumption has been surprised in his response to Mañueco’s criticism. Also from his Twitter account, Alberto Garzón has shared the only fragment of the interview in The Guardian in which he mentions Castilla y León.
Precisely, in these statements, Garzón has defended the value and importance of extensive cattle ranching, which the minister himself has considered as “a fair praise.” In addition, in that same sentence, the head of Consumption emphasizes that it is a model that is also applied in Asturias, Andalusia and Extremadura ”.
“Extensive livestock farming is an environmentally sustainable means of livestock farming that carries a lot of weight in parts of Spain such as Asturias, parts of Castilla y León, Andalusia and Extremadura.”.
Alberto Garzón, in The Guardian.
In addition, Garzón he returns one of the requests to Mañueco in the form of a wish. “Hopefully rectify”, has indicated the minister after commenting that “Mr. Mañueco is desperate for the ultra-right votes and that is why he resorts to lies and manipulation of the lobbies”.
This is what I said about the livestock of Castilla y León in the aforementioned interview: a fair compliment of extensive livestock! But Mr. Mañueco is desperate for far-right votes and that is why he resorts to lies and manipulation of the lobbies. Hopefully rectify. https://t.co/jgDOFjb4n1pic.twitter.com/aZSMVfOhJN– Alberto Garzón🔻 (@agarzon) January 3, 2022
Criticism of extensive livestock
The truth is that the only criticism made by the member of the Executive is to the extensive livestock model, in a statement in which he does not mention Castilla y León or any other autonomous community. Specifically, he has referred to the ‘mega farms’, since, in his opinion, “it is not sustainable.”
“They find a town in an uninhabited part of Spain and put 4,000, or 5,000 or 10,000 head of cattle,” Garzón has recounted in the British newspaper, to sentence that “they contaminate the soil, pollute the water and then export this poor quality meat of these abused animals ”. And this last statement has been interpreted in some media as that Spain exports poor quality meat.
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