Thursday, January 31, 2008

EU Stops Brazilian Beef

This is the kind of news that really makes you hate the EU, and wish for Swedish withdrawal from it. EU have now decided to ban beef imports from Brazil based on some flimsy nonsensical argument about how Brazil supposedly does not track and control the beef to a sufficient extent. It is considered irrelevant that Brazil have not had a single case of mad cow disease or anything like that, or that there have never been any case of anyone getting sick from eating it.

The real reason for this ban is actually intense lobbying from Irish and British beef producers who detest the competition from the cheap Brazilian beef. The health argument is just a smoke screen for pure protectionism.

The result will be a sharp increase in the price of beef, as if food prices weren't already rising fast enough due to central bank inflation and the ethanol boom.


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