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Trading authorities in the United Kingdom were testing samples of meat thought to be seized from illegal vendors when they discovered that the unidentified meat was actually that of chimpanzees.
According to the Daily Mail, Adina Farmaner, Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute UK, reports that ‘The bushmeat trade is a huge problem in certain parts of Africa and is one of the main reasons the population in the wild has been reduced from approximately one million about 50 years ago, to just a few hundred thousand today."
Seems the black market in ...so called... exocit foods... is a huge business in the EU...
the story goes on to say how 270 tons of the stuff are passing through one airport in Paris alone.
January 8 2008 ~ "Who will rid us of this pestilent farming?"
Defra has dropped the word 'farming' from its title. The Telegraph today reveals that
"Defra and the Treasury's joint vision document of 2006 presented to the EU argued that supports for farming should be completely abandoned.." and the article reinforces the conviction in many minds that for the government, and for the Treasury in particular, farming is a drain on the country's finances and we are in a "post agricultural era". We can only repeat what we have already said today: at a time when oil industry executives themselves are admitting it isn't going to be easy to meet future world oil demand, and the globalised system that brings in cheap food is increasingly unsustainable, the values of local food production and of self sufficiency need urgently to be reconsidered. We need good farmers more than ever.
We hear stories like that of the woman who faced a New York City judge last December for having smuggled dozens of monkey and baboon limbs and torsos into the United States from Guinea, and we’d like to think we know better. We’d like to think we’ve outgrown everything that hunting, killing and eating wild animals entails. Our ancestors did that, and through our modern eyes it seems primitive, speciesist and gross — and we’re ashamed.
The New York Times article “The Safety Gap” written by Gardiner Harris, 11/2/2008
"This year, 18.2 million shipments of food, devices, cosmetics and drugs are expected to enter more than 300 U.S. ports; the FDA. had 454 investigators in 2007 — one and a half per port — to scrutinize them.."
“China’s leap to one of the biggest suppliers of pharmaceutical ingredients in the world over the last decade [note the date], Generic drug makers in the United States, where price competition is fierce, were the first to seek cheaper drug ingredients...Over the past six years, the F.D.A. has managed to inspect annually an average of just 15 of the 714 Chinese drug plants that export to the United States. At its present pace, the FDA. would need more than 50 years to visit all Chinese plants. By contrast, the FDA. inspects domestic drug plants every 2.7 years ”