Irish Pork Recall

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As you can see the TrashBlanc team are back in action. Likewise big international food crises have kicked navel gazing Irish finance reporters off the front pages of Ireland’s finest journals. It may be fun and games in the TB kitchen but right now a half billion Euro pork industry is going down the shithole in Ireland. And the industry in question has only itself to blame.

The irishtimes.com has a good chronology of events here.

The basic problem: bad chemicals that have found their way into some feed that has come through an agri/bio recycler. The feed of course is centralized and has distributed the contaminated contents to farms throughout Ireland. Any good journalist would ask what else is in the feed? What is being recycled? But maybe the public isn’t quite ready to hear how their sausages are bred and fed right now. Though one can only ask if not now, then when?

It’s time the entire European Union started questioning a system that can turn one incident at one feed/recycling/rendering plant into a continent wide hunt for contaminated Irish Pork.

When one link in the production chain can effect every other downstream link in an entire industry, there’s deep deep problems.

Even if we ignore the gross environmental and sustainability issues at play here, there’s a simple economic argument. Farmers and agri-business throughout the EU and the US are massively subsidized through grants, tax breaks and artificially inflated food prices. This subsidization is directly responsible for the upkeep of agricultural poverty cycles in developing countries. And even with all that in play our farmers have still managed to waste those grants on a system that has utterly failed.

The economies of scale that big-farming claim necessitate centralized feeding and distribution have been been proved utterly false once again. The big supermarkets, Tesco, Carrefour and Asda/Walmart are equally guilty. But it’s our finance and agriculture ministers who we elect us to save us from ourselves and ourthirst for low prices. It’s time they started doing just that.

One thought on “Irish Pork Recall

  1. its your own fault if you buy cheap food. There is no excuse. If you can pay 8 quid for 2 beers and not bat an eyelid, you should have the moral fortitude to be able to pay 6 quid for an organic chicken fillet without complaining about the price; which is actually good for you.
    why do people cut back on food quality when money is a little short? shouldnt you be cutting out the things that are unnecessary expenses like alcohol and expensive nights out?
    Aldi, Tesco and other cheap supermarkets are not cheap; they are just low quality. you get what you pay for. that is, for 2 quid you get a chicken or bit of pork that was fed shite, reared in horrendous circumstances and has the nutritional value of a rat.

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