Daily Archives: June 4, 2009

Pig farms, EU subsidies & “de-development”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/06/business/global/06smithfield.html?_r=1

This is the kind of article one reads, and then wishes they hadn’t. Published in the NYTimes at the height of the media frenzy about “swine-flu” it tells the sorry tale of the transformation of Eastern Europe’s pig farming industry.  Describing how a Fortune 500 company, with the help of E.U subsidies has contributed not only to the decline of local pig farming traditions, but also to the decline of pig farming in some parts of Africa, where local farmers cannot compete with the cheap exported pork that reaches their market.  Read and weep…