Just been looking at the EU Commission website and the unbelievable morass of verbiage relating to agriculture.

Oh, it all makes work for the working bureaucrat to do.

And of course anything that makes life difficult for farmers andbrings even closer the prospect of a livestock-free Europe must be worth all the millions of euros spent on it all.

I came across this paragraph among the justification for the mad ban on farm burial. It seems that you can justify anything mad if you waft the phrase "mad cow disease" in front of people.

It is on the Questions and Answers on animal by-products page of the EuropaEu website so it must be right.. And there were the rest of us, silly billies that we are, thinking that the origin of the FMD crisis and the exact nature of BSE were still far from being fully understood.