The BBC informs us that there are pigs in Whitehall today. They must have been reading all these recent stories in the national media about 'snouts in troughs', and thought it might be a nice day out. In fact, there is a real problem here - and its one that I flagged up at the RSPB fringe meeting at Llandudno last weekend.
Its the law of unintended consequences at work again. We are all concerned about climate change - so we are all keen on renewable energy - so we all approve of bio crops, which is already happening in a massive way in the US. As well as the negative impact that monoculture has on biodiversity, grain prices have inevitably disappeared into the sky, which has elimined profitability in UK pig farming - so British pig farmers will go out of business - so there will be more imports - which will have a bigger impact on climate change. A truly unvirtuous circle.
This is understandable very upsetting for British pig farmers, particularly since imported pig meat has often not been produced according to the same welfare standards as is required in the UK. Anyway, hundreds of them are outside the Houses of Parliament today and their cause is being taken up by Richard Bacon, MP. (Honestly) I hope that Winnie the Pig enjoys her trip. Perhaps she will put her name forwards for election if she likes it there. After all, A monkey was elected Mayor somewhere in the North of England a few years ago.