TTIP: “very negative impacts” says Irish Farmers Association
According to the IFA “following a meeting yesterday with the authors of the report, both Copenhagen Economics and officials from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment accepted that TTIP presented very significant risks to both our beef and white meats sector.”
- The much larger scale of US production, with large ranch style extensive suckler herds and large intensive feedlots. This compares with the smaller family-farm based suckler herds in Ireland and the EU, and smaller finishing units.
- Use of hormonal and non-hormonal growth enhancers such as ractopamine and romensin, all of which are banned in the EU.
- Lower feed costs in the US, arising from the use of technologies (GMOs) in feed production.
- Fewer and less onerous animal welfare and environmental requirements in the US
- Stricter controls and conditions in animal health, animal welfare and environmental standards in the EU.
- Higher labour costs in the EU compared to the US.