email from Capt Bryn Wayt
If you smell a rat....... it's because there is a rat! Blair wants us married to the EU and he is not even asking your opinion!The demise of the UK family farm and the slaughter of healthy animals in 2001 is the prelude to Poland feeding the west.Further to the article on WARMWELL......... March 24 ~ US pigmeat giant Smithfield is now established in Britain and plans to bring in cheap pork from Poland...........I would draw readers attention to this report:
25thMeeting of the Helsinki Commission : 2 - 4 March 2004, Finland
Polish agriculture is strictly connected with the state of the Baltic Sea. It constitutes 42% of the drainage basin of the Baltic Sea and 51% of the agriculture of the Member States of the Baltic Agenda 211. Therefore during the last few years we are concerned about the rapid growth of the number of industrial animal farms unable to fulfill the environmental standards of the Polish law, mostly due to the methods and range of farming. Good exemplification of the problem is Smithfield Foods’ activity in three Polish voivodeships (Zachodniopomorskie, Wielkopolskie and Warminsko-Mazurskie). The company invested 100 million dollars, officially developing 24 farms, each of annual capacity of 6000 to 25,000 pigs/hogs.
At the behest of Polish government, Polish Inspectorate for Environment protection decided to investigate 14 out of 24 Smithfield’s farms in Poland. Environmental inspection admitted that farm management had not applied for proper permits. At present, the farms are collecting necessary permits for their actions without ceasing their activity. However, the problems of over-manuring of soil and pouring liquid manure in direct neighbourhood of water bodies remain unsolved. Both the lack of permanent monitoring of the soil quality and shifting the responsibility for manure management onto the subjects not disposing enough land, will cause a gradual increase the pollution from such agricultural/industrial activities to the Baltic Sea. It is worth emphasizing that the highest degree of industrial farming occurs exactly in the Baltic drainage basin (Zachodniopomorskie and Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodeships).---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Following a three-hour meeting between Luter and Poland's then prime minister Jerzy Buzek, the Polish government began closing hundreds of small slaughterhouses. Buzek's minister of agriculture promulgated regulations that would put up to 50 per cent of Poland's slaughterhouses out of business.
The government justified these new rules under the fraudulent pretence that small slaughterhouses must be shut down to comply with the EU regulations. EU regulations clearly state, however, that small slaughterhouses may be kept open to serve regional markets. Germany, France and Sweden have all fought to keep their small slaughterhouses and milk plants open [what in hell happened in the UK then?], and even subsidise them in the knowledge that local markets and food distribution depend on them. Once small slaughterhouses disappear, local markets quickly follow.
Furthermore, large high-tech slaughterhouses do not make for a safer food supply. In the US and the UK the closure of small slaughterhouses coincided with huge increases in meat-borne disease (by 300 per cent and 500 per cent, respectively). This is because large centralised slaughterhouses encourage the consolidation of pork production on factory-farm lines; disease is rampant in factory farms, and the long transport distances resulting from centralisation stress the animals and spread disease further. In addition, technologies that increase line speed inside the slaughterhouse multiply worker errors and make proper inspections impossible. Now the big slaughterhouses are insisting on the controversial technology of irradiation in order to solve the problems of disease.