Saving the environment with 350 tonnes of paper
I have spent the afternoon having an Environmental Health Check (paid for by Defra).
The first hour was answering questions such as:
Do you comply with The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007 No. 2078:
Environmental enrichment:: To enable proper investigation and manipulation activities, all pigs must have permanent access to a sufficient quantity of material such as straw, hay, wood, sawdust, mushroom compost, peat or a mixture of such which does not adversely affect the health of the animals. You sure they don't want PlayStations as well?
Noise levels: Pigs must not be exposed to constant or sudden noise. Only when the buggers bite me....
Then we had ensure I had all the documents that I have to have a copy of. These aren't forms, these are the pamphlets the Government sends out and I must keep.
The file weighs 3.5kg - there is an estimated 106,700 farmers who have to keep these documents in the cause of protecting the environment. Has Defra never heard of putting stuff online?