SerTãoBras’s position on the status of raw milk cheeses in the country

While European countries have dedicated themselves to better understand and standardize the agro-food production craft, the Brazilian government persists in order to eradicate it

While European countries have dedicated themselves to better understand and standardize the agro-food production craft, the Brazilian government persists in order to eradicate it.

For us, food is a public good. Its concept is a social conquest, embodied in every thing that a person is eating, thus reflecting a particular socio-cultural context. Different people eat different things, and even have different conceptions of the good: the health, welfare, flavor, are historically and culturally determined.

When the Federal Government does, as now, a public call to opine on whether the changes you want included in the Regulation of Industrial and Sanitary Inspection of Animal Products (RIIPOA), it is evident that recognizes obsolete aspects in their legislation. Nor is today’s producers, academic researchers, marketers and consumers perceive this anachronism.

Maybe all the discrepancies with real life are due to the fact that the government clings to the role of monitoring and punishing without realizing that this function will only be socially useful if accompanied by the intention to support and participate in efforts for positive change of present reality.

A traditional economy, poor, relegated to the abandonment of public policies, may not even be in line with the requirements that the state makes keeping in mind the large capital, large industrial plants and technologies.

But the government mistakenly believes in the traditional production as transitory, and commitment to its eradication. This is the footnote to Article 25 of RIISPOA in the public consultation process, to define the unit of production of artisan cheese:

Article 25, V – “is the dairy establishment in dairy farm and used to manufacture cheese Minas, duly listed in the Federal Inspection Service and warehouses affiliated with the dairy logged in SIF, which will be followed in the preparation of the product with maturation, packaging and labeling, and relationship can only work under the SIF for manipulation of milk from the farm and when the raw material can not be sent to the cooling stations, processing plant and the dairy plant. ”

The italics are ours, and aim to show how the government still wants the artisan cheese makers will disappear in that the large dairy industry to expand and transform the small farmer yoked supplier of raw material (milk).

This is clearly an abuse of state power by placing it in the wake of the interests of big business, by defining the cheese as a transitional institution whose right ceases to exist when it is installed in its vicinity, a dairy .

Actually all the mistakes of the current RIISPOA that concern us here, stemming from this definition of “cheese.” Turns out she is against history. While European countries have dedicated themselves to better understand and standardize the agro-food production craft, encouraging their development and strengthening, with notable achievements and social benefits, the Brazilian government persists in order to eliminate it over time.

For this very reason – to leave the cheese to his fate, for not recognizing the artisan cheese a modern product – leaves the state to follow the scientific advances in knowledge of artisanal dairy product produced from raw milk, searching the entire way about it including through their own ignorance and outdated, since it gives it the force of law.

It needs to be done by civil society echo in the various levels of government, awareness of anachronism and the urgency to overcome it. Only then will win the paradox that, while declaring himself the way to make artisanal cheese a “national patrimony” and immaterial, on the other hand, seek to suppress his producing institution.

So the Sertãobras advocates the need to define a special status to agrifood production craft, which is not subsumed under the rules impossible for her as much of what is stated in RIISPOA public consultation.

Source: http://www.SertaoBras.org.br

Translation: Google

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