The President of the Council highlights the essential role of science in serving the common good

Oviedo, November 22 (Europe Press) –

The President of the General Council of the Principality of Asturias, Marcelino Marcos Lindez, highlighted on Tuesday the “fundamental role” of the flag “as long as it is at the service of the common good and not the other way around”.

This came during his speech on the occasion of the presentation of the research project “Preserving our local breeds: the Bank of Animal Genetic Resources of the Principality of Asturias”, presented by the researcher of Cereda Carolina Tamargo.

“On a collective level, it cannot be denied that the applications of science and the development of technology have allowed the human race to control the environment, grow economically, mitigate the impact of diseases and greatly improve the standard of living,” he said.

In addition, he noted that “one of the biggest environmental problems facing humanity today is the disappearance of species, along with the gradual degradation of natural ecosystems.” “For this reason, detailed biological studies on species, in this case authentic, and their potential for life are increasingly necessary. It is necessary to save our current living species, but also to avoid major failures in the future,” he added.

For the President of the Asturian Parliament, species conservation undoubtedly needs scientific advice, while he noted that the local livestock breeds “are a very prominent component of the agricultural diversity of livestock. distinction from other groups of animals.

“They are animals that we can really consider a global public good, because they play a very important role in the functioning of agricultural systems, depending, of course, on how the systems and practices are developed when producing,” he emphasized.

In doing so, he confirmed that Asturias knows the “enormous historical importance of livestock economically, socially and culturally”. “The environment and culture in our territory have favored the emergence and recognition of local livestock breeds, such as the Xalda sheep, the Bermeya goat, the Casina cow, the Asturcón Horse, the Asturcelta gochu or the pita pinta; the breeds that have, in the least productive specialty, are at risk of extinction”.

“I think that environmental sustainability often runs counter to our scientific ignorance about species richness and about the rate of extinction of some of them, anyway, which is why the work of scientists and institutions such as the Regional Agri-Food Research and Development Service (SERIDA) is so important,” he stressed, expressing his confidence that the show “will contribute In making this excellent research work visible, accessible and also to have a greater impact”, he is convinced that the presented study will “contribute to the improvement of the sustainability of livestock systems and the preservation of biodiversity”.

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