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Farmers want to make slaughtering a tourist attraction

The Farmers Association of Iceland is considering reinterpreting EU regulations that would enable farmers to establish small slaughterhouses on their farms to sell the meat themselves as part of so-called “food tourism.”

“Home slaughtering offers opportunities for food-tourism,” Árni Jósteinsson, who participates in the project, told Bladid. “Farmers could even invite tourists to observe the meat’s journey until in ends up on their plates—from the paddock to the stomach.”

“Theoretically farmers could establish slaughterhouses on their farms in this country, but due to EU regulations, or at least the way we interpret them here, it would be too expensive to pay off at the moment,” Jósteinsson said.

Jósteinsson explained that two main points within the EU regulations would make home slaughtering too expensive: how to dispose of the slaughterhouse waste and veterinary supervision.

“But instead of having one vet for each slaughterhouse […] like we do here, we could try to establish more cooperation between slaughterhouses like farmers do in Austria and Germany,” Jósteinsson said.

The Nordic countries are looking at possibilities to create compost from slaughterhouse waste, which would save on transport costs to waste disposal areas and the tariffs charged by waste disposal stations, Jósteinsson added.

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