Discounter: No more meat for the poor

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First, four animal welfare levels were introduced to mark meat according to the husbandry conditions. However, the more expensive stages three and four were not very well received. Now their sales are to be forced: The second discounter is taking cheap meat out of the range.

It is a matter close to the heart of the Greens, and today the second major German discounter announced that it would take cheap meat out of its range: Aldi only wants to sell meat from animal welfare levels three and four in the future, including sausages. Lidl had announced a similar step a few days ago. By 2025, the cheapest category should have disappeared completely.

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The press is mostly positive. But what is being forgotten is the fact that the high inflation in foodstuffs also affects meat, and with this step consumers are either offered goods that are too expensive or they have to do without meat.

Both discounters already had meat in these categories on offer. One of the consequences of inflation, however, was that it stopped, like organic goods, because even average consumers switched to the cheapest goods. What would not be enforceable according to the criteria of the market is now enforced.

The diet of poorer Germans in particular is low in protein because carbohydrates and fats are simply the cheaper sources of calories. Since the restriction to categories three and four does not increase customer wages, for many this will simply mean that meat will largely be removed from the menu. One could almost assume that these steps were coordinated with the approval of insects for food by the EU.

The real reason for the introduction could simply be that the discounters are making too little profit with the cheap meat and they are banking on the fact that, thanks to the further increase in inflation, there will still be enough wealthy customers to sell these goods.

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These decisions have little impact on the actual husbandry conditions. Germany is a net exporter of pork and poultry, ie the export value exceeds the import value; animal husbandry does not have to change for export. Accordingly, the more likely consequence is an expansion of exports to poorer regions of the world, which then causes difficulties for local agriculture.

What ultimately remains is a further reduction in the living standards of the broad masses.

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