The first World Meat Congress has opened in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina -- with the aim of providing meat for 'even the most humble family on earth'.
GV EXTERIOR San Martin Theatre, Buenos aires (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR sign 'World Meat Congress'
SV President Jorgs Videla of Argentina onto platform to applause (2 shots)
SVs Videla addressing congress and audience listening (7 shots)
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Background: The first World Meat Congress has opened in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina -- with the aim of providing meat for 'even the most humble family on earth'.
SYNOPSIS: The Congress was being held in one of the city's principal theatres to discuss the production and world trade in meat product.
One of the principal speakers at Tuesday's opening was President Jorge Videla of Argentina, an agricultural country whose economy rests heavily on meat production, mainly beef. Until recently, the meat industry has suffered for several years as domestic prices were held to an unprofitable minimum -- one of the reasons for the downfall of Argentina's former Peron regime.
President Videla repeated the conference theme of meat on every table on earth -- beef, button, pork and poultry should be available to all, he said. The fact that this was not already so was the fault of governments and closed organisations which had priced beef off the markets in many places, he went on. These measures had also had a disastrous effect on world beef production in general.
The Congress was also discussing so-called artificial meat, made from soya beans and flavoured to virtually any sort of meat taste. Delegates at the congress have expressed doubts whether this is a cheaper form of producing food-stuffs. They deny claims from soyameat producers that feeding cattle with nutritious grains to get beef is an uneconomical use of the world's limited resources. Meat producers claim that modern agriculture can feed animals with grains which are not useful for human consumption anyway and would not be used for other purposes. but delegates did admit that further efforts should be made to fee d animals with grains and food not used for humans -- thus avoiding situations where animals and humans are, in effect, competing for the same food.