Fascinating article here on the control-freakery of the European Union…
For instance, a regulation that requires all legal cheese production facilities to have running water and electricity spells the end of many Alpine cheeses. The small dairies that traditionally make these cheeses simply cannot afford the investments needed to satisfy the Brussels requirements.
A Westphalian pig farmer who fattens his animals in his own forest, just as his grandfather did, runs afoul of the law if he allows the pigs’ liquid manure to seep straight into the forest soil instead of draining it through standardized concrete pipes.
Anyone who, milk pail in hand, hopes to find fresh milk from the farm these days will have a lot of searching to do. Under Paragraph 17, Section 1 of the Animal Food Hygiene Regulation, "the sale of raw milk or cream to consumers is prohibited." Only in exceptional cases are dairy farmers permitted to sell untreated milk to customers, and only when they are in compliance with a long list of detailed requirements regulating everything from the condition of the floors in the farmer’s milking room to the material used to make his doors. Of course, the dairy farmer mustn’t forget to post a warning sign that reads "Raw milk — Boil before consuming" in a "visible and legible manner at the selling location."
The message is clear. If it moves – regulate it. Common sense is out the window – the presumption is that the bureaucrats must control all things, in our best interest naturally. It’s the Nanny Superstate folks, and it has already arrived.