Friday, July 07, 2006

Turkey, Food Production & The EU

Arther C. Withernee, Correspondent for WEMW
Report 07 July 2006

In Turkey, 45% of the country is involved in the agricultural sector, but according to EU regulations this must be reduced to 15%. How is that going to happen and doesn't it seem ridiculous?

Currently, the Turkish Prime Minister is having trouble with the hazelnut producers. One of his closest advisers, C├╝neyd Zapsu, has business interests in hazelnut processing. In the late 1980s, he became the chairman of the Association of Hazelnut Exporters. As he further expanded his own business, Zapsu also became the chairman of the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council, which brings together representatives of hazelnut producers from some 50 countries. Subsequently, accusations of personal interest over and above the national and public interest have been publicly voiced, see: http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=51467

This may lead us to the wider subject matter of food production and abstract questions such as how do companies like Coke and Red Bull make so much money from American coloured sugar water and sugared caffine overdose? Because the public apparently want it, buy it and that's democracy.

Nuts innit?! But, nothing we can do but publish a blog! Nuts oh hazelnuts - Cadbury's take them and then cover them chocolate!

Arther C. Withernee, Correspondent for WEMW
Report 07 July 2006