The Death of Enterprise
As I search around for an opportunity to earn a few Shekels to prevent me having to send the Englishettes back up the chimneys and The Mrs back to the Toothill streets, I have been working up some business plans.
With the few pigs running around the place and mindful of the official support to "add value" to farm produce on farm I hit upon the cunning wheeze to produce Air-dried ham. Any wizened old crone in the southern European Mountains knows how to do it so it can't be that hard to do. A bit of research and now I have a small sample batch maturing - tastes good! And it is not just ham, there are the Biltongs, the Jerkies, Venison, even Skerpikj÷t to add to the range. The market seems to be there for it, and price looks good. It is something I'm interested in, I can afford to set it up, I want to do it.
So all systems go?
EU Referendum constantly reminds us that "we have "two cultures": the increasingly bureaucratic world of legislative food safety, dominated by the EU, and the real world of food safety, where intelligent men and women are taking their own steps to ensure our food is safe."
Traditional time proven methods, backed up with pH testing etc. will not be good enough. I talked to a on-farm food processor at the weekend. His advice, which I am taking, is just don't enter that world of pain of death by a thousand regulations. Bugger, I may have to look for a real job now.