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Attack on Icelandic Agriculture?

Vigdís Hauksdóttir

Former MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir.

Last night’s revelations about deplorable conditions at an egg farm owned by Brúnegg have caused outrage among Icelandic consumers, but former Progressive Party MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir is angry for other reasons. The conditions at the farm were unveiled on RÚV TV’s news analysis program Kastljós.

Vigdís, who until recently chaired Alþingi’s (the Icelandic parliament’s) budget committee, expressed her view of the program on Facebook last night. She stated, “After the coverage of Kastljós, this company [Brúnegg] won’t survive any more, and indeed, the purpose was to bring down Icelandic agriculture – that is the goal of RÚV [the Icelandic national broadcaster] and the ‘good people[.]’”

Her comments on Facebook continued, “[T]hey [RÚV] engage in falsifications and [ISK] 3,600 million go from the nation’s pockets into this institution that shapes people’s opinion[.]”

Vigdís also lashed out at MAST, the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, which in the 2016 budget received ISK 1.6 billion (USD 14.16 million,EUR 13.39 million).

“Wouldn’t it be nice if consumers could trust monitoring officials with [ISK] 1,600 million a year? Where on earth does the money go?” she asks on her Facebook page.

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