Terra da política agrícola comum, com todas resmas e paletes de apoios e subsídios.
Terra habituada ao papel do Estado central como orientador bem intencionado de tudo um pouco.
E terra de origem de grandes marcas da distribuição grande, sempre focadas na eficiência e nos custos baixos.
Paraíso para a actuação de Quintas-feiras.
Depois, temos coisas como esta "French Cheesemakers Crippled by EU Health Measures":
"90% of the producers have either gone to the wall or are in the hands of the dairy giants. This is thanks to a mixture of draconian health measures in Brussels, designed to come down hard on raw milk products, and hostile buyouts by those who want to corner the market.
Unpasteurised milk, which gives a unique earth-and-fruit flavour, has been gradually marginalised on false public health pretexts after intense lobbying by the food processing industry, to the detriment of the consumer but the incalculable advantage of those producing cheese made with pasteurised milk.[Moi ici: Será ingenuidade minha pensar que são Quintas-feiras ingénuos manipulados pelos Golias?]
The cheese war is particularly savage in Camembert, an area where there are now only five authentic local producers left. It has fallen victim to a culture that favours a production line that can churn out 250,000 Camembert cheeses a day.[Moi ici: Vómito industrial]
“The big industrial producers will not tolerate the existence of other modes of production. They are determined to impose a bland homogeneity upon the consumer – cheese shaped objects with a mediocre taste and of poor quality because the pasteurisation process kills the product,”
Around 95% of French cheese is sold in supermarkets and even here the specialist counters are fast-disappearing in favour of aisles featuring brands of spreadable, chemical and artificially flavoured products."