The Agricultural Impact Of An Eu-Mercosur Agreement
Meanwhile, EU beef imports from Mercosur could increase by 30-64%, leading to a drop in EU production of between 0.7% and 1.2%. Pekka Pesonen, secretary-general of Copa-Cogeca, the EU`s largest agricultural lobby, said the agricultural sector will pay for the deal, especially producers in sensitive sectors such as beef, poultry, sugar, cereals, rice, honey and citrus fruits. “I don`t understand why we can sign this agreement,” former French Ecological Transition Minister Nicolas Hulot, who resigned last August, told Le Monde. Critics have made comparisons with a deal with South African countries that allowed oranges to be introduced into European markets containing up to three materials deemed “extremely dangerous” by the World Health Organization (WHO).