I guess there are many reasons why Europe finds itself in the mess it is today. One of those reasons is the huge amount paid out in farm subsidies. Great for both producers and consumers as long as they are not taxpayers (which most of them are or should be) but the reality is that subsidies mask failure.
And subsidies lead to some crazy situations. Here in Paihia we have 'Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack' which boasts an eclectic menu including some of the best pork spare ribs going (and Tiger beer on tap to boot - I grew up on Tiger beer in Malaysia and Singapore). I had occasion once to ask Mine Host Len where he got his ribs from. The answer floored me. He imports them by the container load from Finland at a cost one-third cheaper than the local product.
Don't blame him one bit for taking advantage of the 'market' but the EEC and the CAP have much to answer for in promoting and sustaining a peasant farmer economy.