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Carrot Lib: They’re More Than Just Food Objects


The shelves of EU greengrocers look uglier this morning than they have in 20 years. As the FT reports, Brussels has finally relaxed regulations on the appearance of fruits and vegetables permitted to be sold in Europe. From today, you can buy lumpy cukes and carrots that look like wee, hairy voodoo dolls. “J Sainsbury said consumers could save up to 40 per cent.” Forty percent off the average European’s grocery bill, and it only took them 20 years — and a zillion blog-jibes and late-night Euro-TV jokes — to get there.

Here’s how the BBC covers the news. Maybe Brussels should have gone the other way and extended the regulations to include the beaches in the south of France. Or better, British prime ministers.


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