By / 11th September, 2011 / Blog / 1 Comment

The Ludlow Food Festival has a sustainability stage featuring a sustainable kitchen, where chefs and others demonstrate and talk about sustainable food, one chef is demonstrating dishes from sustainable fish!

But what is or are sustainable fish! We never had a problem with sustaining fish stocks until the EU Common Fisheries Policy introduced bad law and bad practices.

It is not sustainable to throw millions of tons of dead fish back into the sea, it is not sustainable to lay off Scottish fishing boats and fishermen and reduce the British inshore fishing fleet, it is not sustainable to prevent boats going to sea to the extent that the owners can no longer operate a viable business, whilst at the same time paying massive grants and subsidies to the Spanish fishing industry’s development of an industrial-scale fleet which literally ploughs the sea bed.

In a world gone mad we must endure false gods and listen to talk about sustainable fish stocks, without doing anything about the basic problem which is causing stocks to fall.

Many of us have been campaigning, complaining and activating about the damage being caused by these out of touch and untouchable EUocrats for years. At last with the introduction of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall “ Fish Fight ”    part of the argument is gaining some traction.

But which part!

It is all well and good for chefs and celebrities to join the sustainable fish debate, but all they are really doing is to accept the bad practice and bad law by reducing their consumption of threatened species, all they a really doing is sharing out a stock which is not at present under threat from over fishing, but under threat from over stupid regulation. The two areas the EU has had control over during the past thirty five years are fishing and farming and it has managed to make an unmitigated disaster of both. The answer it then offers us now is even more stupid regulation.

I see that the Labour party welcomes the “Fish Fight” campaign to end scandal of discarded fish. But what exactly were they doing about it when they held power for the past eleven years NOTHING!

I see that Richard Benyon, the UK Fisheries Minister says “The throwing back of dead fish into the sea is a shameful waste and one of the biggest failures of the Common Fisheries Policy”

But what exactly is he or the present government going to do about it? I strongly suspect from past experience in this matter NOTHING! It was after all a Conservative Prime Minster who gave away control of British fishing in the first place and they have had ample time in power in the intervening years to actually do something.

By all means reduce your consumption of endangered species, but please do not ask me me to pat you on the back and applaud your total ignorance of the real cause and your refusal to do something that really would have an affect. All you need to do as well as stop consuming EU endangered fish, is to stop voting for those who continually refuse to address the real problem.

The Ludlow Food Festival list of backers includes a grant from The European Union, European Regional Development Fund, and Advantage West Midlands. Perhaps it was these funding streams which contributed to the sustainable stage, if so then it is thinly disguised propaganda, the EU creates a problem of sustainability and then it funds organisations to promote the concept of rationing dressed up as sustainability.

Dear Secretary of State,

My friend, who is in farming at the moment, recently received a cheque for £3,000 from the Rural Payments Agency for not rearing pigs. I would now like to join the “not rearing pigs” business.

In your opinion, what is the best kind of farm not to rear pigs on, and which is the best breed of pigs not to rear? I want to be sure I approach this endeavour in keeping with all government policies, as dictated by the EU under the Common Agricultural Policy.

I would prefer not to rear bacon pigs, but if this is not the type you want not rearing, I will just as gladly not rear porkers. Are there any advantages in not rearing rare breeds such as Saddlebacks or Gloucester Old Spots, or are there too many people already not rearing these?

As I see it, the hardest part of this programme will be keeping an accurate record of how many pigs I haven’t reared. Are there any Government or Local Authority courses on this?

My friend is very satisfied with this business. He has been rearing pigs for forty years or so, and the best he ever made on them was £1,422 in 1968. That is – until this year, when he received a cheque for not rearing any.

If I get £3,000 for not rearing 50 pigs, will I get £6,000 for not rearing 100?

I plan to operate on a small scale at first, holding myself down to about 4,000 pigs not raised, which will mean about £240,000 for the first year. As I become more expert in not rearing pigs, I plan to be more ambitious, perhaps increasing to, say, 40,000 pigs not reared in my second year, for which I should expect about £2.4 million from your department. Incidentally, I wonder if I would be eligible to receive tradable carbon credits for all these pigs not producing harmful and polluting methane gases?

Another point: These pigs that I plan not to rear will not eat 2,000 tonnes of cereals. I understand that you also pay farmers for not growing crops. Will I qualify for payments for not growing cereals to not feed the pigs I don’t rear?

I am also considering the “not milking cows” business, so please send any information you have on that too. Please could you also include the current Defra advice on set aside fields? Can this be done on an e-commerce basis with virtual fields (of which I seem to have several thousand hectares)?

In view of the above you will realise that I will be totally unemployed, and will therefore qualify for unemployment benefits.

I shall of course be voting for your party at the next general election.

Yours faithfully,


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