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While Big Pharma firms spend some €36m a year in Brussels, according to Corporate Europe Observatory, Big Agri spends over €50m (Photo: Chris Isherwood)

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How 'Big Meat' lobbies Brussels to keep carnivore status quo

"It's not about banning meat — that's not the point," says Marco Contiero, who works in Brussels on agriculture for Greenpeace, an NGO and leading advocate of more plant-based food.

"But in China, they're building skyscrapers of pigs. It's insane. That's where things are headed, so we need to change direction," he added.

Contiero grew up in Padua, in northern Italy, where meat is a time-honoured part of native cuisine. His favourite recipe is canederli (a kind of meatball) and...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

While Big Pharma firms spend some €36m a year in Brussels, according to Corporate Europe Observatory, Big Agri spends over €50m (Photo: Chris Isherwood)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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