Something Rotten and its more than horsemeat

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“Food is a class issue.

And food policy is determined by revolving doors between legislatures and agri-food businesses. The fact that the brother of Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, is the Chief Executive of Greencore, a producer of convenience foods, is entirely irrelevant in this regard, and it would be better to focus on horse jokes.

Also irrelevant is the fact that last year Simon Coveney appointed the Chief Executive of Greencore USA as a special adviser, breaking the recommended salary cap limits for special advisers.”

Also to add, ‘the Monaghan firm involved in horse meat controversy is part of Goodman empire.’

As we know, Goodman earned his money through corrupt practices in the meat packaging industry as examined in a very expensive tribunal. He couldn’t have done it without the Irish government’s active assistance. As the horse meat scandal highlights, the contents of the burgers could and still probably will led to a health issue in itself – is the 29.1 per cent of their horse meat in the burgers traceable? – but as Esther Vivas’ article, translated by Richard illustrates the health issue is about the quality of food that companies like Goodman’s company produce and is generally consumed by those who cannot afford to buy proper cuts of meat from the butchers counter. This at a time when Ireland’s health service is being undermined significantly while Ireland is forced to pay debt which amounts to 42% of the cost of the European bank bail out which is based on values that no longer exist, all in an effort to ‘stabilize’ the Euro and protect paper wealth.

This reduction of public health services is a boost for the private health sector. Larry Goodman owns a significant share of Blackrock Clinic and Galway Clinic, both of which are declaring rising profits and whose largest customer is the state owned health insurance company VHI, even though the numbers of people paying for health insurance is dropping as austerity grinds down incomes.