First, the obvious point: UK farming methods aren't exactly a model of disease-free pastoral practice, are they ?
But this E.coli outbreak looks like just what you'd expect from the bizarre German hobby-farming industry.
Every large town is tightly ringed with miniscule farms operated out of the backs of the last ring of houses before you reach the countryside proper. Typically horticulture, looking like over-sized allotments, they are all equipped with tiny tractors gaily spraying ordure everywhere, and go by the local appellation of 'cabbage village' (Kohl Dorf). One imagines they are all operating some EC farming subsidy scam.
One also imagines that any type of serious inspection of their practices is out of the question. Walking past (with nose-peg firmly in place) the layman can only observe that some of these farmlets are ramshackle in the extreme. When reports started coming of a "clear trail of evidence" leading to one such establishment, we may all-too readily guess what the trail looked like ...
Later this month I shall commence another of my lengthy business expeditions to Germany. I only ever eat cooked veg.
Pic © Nick Drew 2011