Drawing news: vaccination against Covid-19 turns into a global puzzle
© Marco De Angelis, Cartooning For Peace Drawing by Marco de Angelis, professional journalist and Italian cartoonist, illustrating the difficulty in the race for vaccines against Covid-19. The coronavirus vaccine race inspired Cartooning for Peace cartoonists this week. Italian designer Marco de Angelis shows a member of the healthcare staff trying to extract doses from a vial despite immense difficulties, like a needle with knots.
© Ouest-France According to the Livestock Institute, the prices of wolves fell by 3 to 5% in 2020.
In 2020, sales of minced steaks origin France soared. No effect on the income of breeders, penalized by the drop in exports.
The closure of commercial and collective catering, mainly supplied with foreign meat, shut off the import tap, down 16% in 2020 compared to 2019.
Conversely, consumers have voted for fresh minced meat ( + 14%) or frozen (+ 21%) in supermarkets and artisan butcheries, mainly supplied with tricolor meat.
“Renationalization of the market”
In total, French consumption of beef fell by 2.3% in 2020. But consumption of beef from France increased by 1.4%. We have seen a renationalization of the French beef market, analyzes the Institut de l'Elevage (Idele) , in its annual report for beef cattle. This market inflection gave a boost of 3% to the quotation of cows.
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The Corona pandemic has cost an estimated 20.5 million years of life worldwide - as of the beginning of January. This emerges from of a study by an international research team that was published in the journal "Nature". The researchers, including those from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock (MPIDR), evaluated almost 1.3 million Covid 19 deaths from 81 countries.
Unfortunately, this good news was negatively offset by the fall in the value of young male cattle (- 3%) and weaners (weaned calves, -3 to -5%). The former were stranded for three more weeks in fattening shops, due to restaurant closures in Greece and Italy. The latter were exported less (-2.5%), due to the contraction of outlets in Algeria and Spain.
Controversy over meatless menus in the canteen
Pointed out by Idele, this large gap between females, boosted by the rise of minced meat and males, stuck in congested export markets has not escaped the Minister of Agriculture . Julien Denormandie called on local elected officials to bet on this quality meat and have the young bovine reflex when the menus of the canteens are established.
An invitation battered by the municipality of Lyon which opts for menus without meat . Difficult to digest for breeders whose income fell in 2020 from -18% to -34% depending on the production area (source Idele).
The beef cattle farms, weakened by successive droughts, are at the end of their rope. The non-renewal of breeders and the shutdowns are warning signs, warns Idele. In 2019 and 2020, the suckler herd lost 140,000 cows, a sign of intense decapitalization.
Casino sued for its alleged responsibility in the deforestation of the Amazon .
© Bloomberg / Getty Images Casino sued for its alleged responsibility in the deforestation of the Amazon Indigenous peoples of the Brazilian and Colombian Amazon , as well as French and American NGOs are behind this lawsuit. Bad news for Casino. Eleven environmental and indigenous organizations have announced that they have taken the group to French courts.