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Unformatted text preview: gribusiness emphasis on production levels. The Scandinavian countries, Italy, and Austria are seeking basic,
structural changes in how European food is produced. Even Great Britain now seems to be questioning its reliance on high-volume,
industrialized farming. For years the Labour government of Tony Blair had forged close ties with leading food processing, supermarket, and
fast food companies. Blair’s handling of the foot-and-mouth epidemic seemed more influenced by the export needs of Nestlé, the world’s
largest food company, than by the latest scientific evidence on the efficacy of vaccines. His unapologetic defense of a £15,000 political
donation from the McDonald’s Corporation prompted critics to call the majority party “McLabour.” His appointee to serve as Rural Recovery
Coordinator, Chris Haskins, headed a large food processing firm, ran a dairy that supplied the milk for McDonald’s milkshakes, and publicly
belittled the prospects for small farms and organic agricul...
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- Spring '08