It was only three months ago that Mexican President López Obrador criticized the production of animals "raised with hormones," and recommended to consume organic foods − those that can only be consumed by the richest stratum of the Mexican population (those he highly criticizes).
Last week, he returned to same message, talking about how they "inflate" animals that produce meat with "chemicals" and "hormones," of tilapia raised as chickens (I suppose he was referring to intensive production). He recommended caution with these products and again said it was better to eat organic foods.
I do not want to mention his lack of knowledge in this area, which seems to be similar to that of the general population. However, I do want to mention the disdain for the Mexican legislation itself − that prohibits the use of these "chemicals" and "hormones" in animal production − and for the government's own institutions in charge of preventing the use of these compounds, a government, which by the way, he has been heading for almost two years. They could have already done something about it.
I now want to contrast this with the innovation awards presented yesterday by the French livestock trade show SPACE. It is surprising to see the industry moving forward and to see how creativity causes new products to emerge. For example, sexing eggs and avoid killing newly-hatched chicks, or a disinfectant based on formic acid, a natural compound found in ants or plants such as nettle. Enzymes, farm equipment, machines for collecting or processing poultry manure, evisceration machinery, mycotoxin xenosensors in feeds, and much more.
Meanwhile presidents and other personalities keep on talking about "hormones" in chickens? And I say "presidents" because the former Bolivian president, Evo Morales, did so at the time.
It's time to change the tune of this song, isn't it?
What do you think?