November 26, 2006

Farming and regulation

Someone calling himself "gordonilla" quotes from a feature on bureaucracy on the BBC's Farming Today.
"Farming Today" is quite interesting, but as ever with BBC Radio, when a Government minister is on the programme, they never seem to fully answer the questions that are asked. Today, there was a series of examples of Bureacracy gone mad:

A farmer who produces jam (50% fruit & 50% sugar) must sell the jam in sizes of jars which match the products of large producers of jam. His costs become more expensive because he has to source jam jars (227g) which are always costly. Why? The Food Standards Agency says he must. [Surely that is an EU diktat.]

A female farmer also runs a farm shop, in which she sells items for people to use to fee wildlife in their gardens in towns. One government agency has told her she must label bags of nuts for birdlife as containing nuts; yet another government agency says she does not neeed to as they are not for human consumption.

The item also noted that each day there are 15 new pieces of process and regulation introduced in the UK - generated from the EU and the UK Government (and agencies).

When the interviewer challenged the government minister, he said he did not want to comment on specifics, but said that the UK played by the rules and if people saw others not follwing rules they had to report them to the authorities. I think this Minister is very naive to say the least.

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