Comments on: Plight of the bees hits unaware businesses EU news and policy debates across languages Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:15:20 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mike Parr Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:34:16 +0000 For those with longish memories there was a huge out-cry by farmers (enemies of the countryside) when stubble burning (remember that) was banned . There were predictions of an agro-armageddon in which pests would multiply & Europe would enjoy the 7 plagues of Egypt all at once. Nothing happened. This time around it is a mix of farmers and (mostly) German chemical companies who are predicting agro-armageddon II if neonicotinoids are banned. If they are banned, like last time, nothing much will happen in terms of food production. Good to see the nice Mr Drunker & his mates in full-on dither mode with respect to this problem.

As for the destroyers-of-nature aka “farmers” – I can recommend a walk through countryside in the Benelux or northern France – there is nothing of note – just an agro-industrial desert – mostly thanks to the CAP. Still, Asada, Mars and other companies engaging in the current tokenism can console themselves with the thought that whilst CAP delivered agro-deserts at least it led to lower cost inputs and thus higher profits.

& for the record, I have not eaten a “Mars bar” for decades – but for those interested I do have a rather good joke involving tape worms, an apple, a mars bar, a wooden mallet and a doctor (told in a scouse accent for full impact).