Thursday, February 11, 2010

Organic overheads...

Two stories really. The first, looking at the four pictures below: who is the current head of the EU? Click on the image to take you to the Guardian account earlier this week by Ian Traynor (and others) on the crisis of confidence the EU is suffering. The article is well worth a read and highlights just some of what could be a real future headache for the EU after the 'emergence of a G2' at Copenhagen and the intense squabbling that accompanies and compliments the 'appetite for summitry'
EU Leaders The answer to the question: they all are! ...which helps explain why "in Washington they're not sure who's in charge". You should recognise at least two maybe three of the images and the 4th, who you may need help recognising, is Jerzy Buzek, a former Polish prime minister who is president or speaker of the European parliament (the others clockwise from top left RIGHT are: European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, rotating six-month EU presidency José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the Spanish PM and European commission president José Manuel Barroso of Portugal).

The organic overheads could refer to too many heads (OK!) but the organic part of the post is about new EU logo for organic produce, and very nice it is too: chosen after the European Commission assessed 3,500 competition entries.
"It's a nice elegant design and I look forward to buying products carrying this logo", seriously, someone actually said that: the EU commissioner for agriculture Mariann Fischer Boel! From news in The Express (hat-tip Subrosa)

Needless to say, as pointed out this will increase the cost and it needs asking just how organic are products that have been transported all across Europe...and from where? Could this be a design fault or an EU assumption that if they say it's organic then who cares what country it's from? And as one of the comments in the Express helpfully and correctly points out, bullshit is organic!

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Paul said...

Organic food consumption in the U.K is only about 2% of all consumption. Part of the reason, and the most obvious one really, is that until recently there have been bigger financial inducements to stay with the chemicals.

U.K is a bit strange when it comes to food anyway, particularly fresh food, everything has to be regimented in shape and size.

Now on a more serious note, the Express? The Telegraph is acceptable but the Express, I know it may have been a family newspaper once but you were younger then!

Span Ows said...

Oh, I could wax (or wane) lyrical about organic food. and it is the U.K supermarkets that believe everything should be 'regimented in shape and size', I'm sure most people couldn't give a toss and price and or taste come into it somewhere along the line!

The Express...indeed but I have linked to the Sun and even the Mirror once each (I think!!) so I think it's only fair :-)

Paul said...

You're right about the supermarkets, there was an item on a programme this past week about runner beans being thrown away because they were too bendy.