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Myths and chips

World-renowned scientists – and not “barmy EU chiefs”, as The Sun has it – have produced a report for the European Commission on how the oceans, notably through acquaculture, can produce more food, more sustainably.

This is a crucial global challenge, with the world’s population forecast to reach a possible 10 billion by 2050.

The report does, as The Sun says, recommend among other things producing more mussels, oysters, cockles, clams and – yes – seaweed, all of which have of course been eaten in the UK for a long time.

It does not say people should stop eating fish and chips. Indeed, its recommendations aim to allow for the sustainable production of more, not less, of the types of fish that Brits and many others enjoy eating with chips.

These are recommendations by a group of eminent scientists, including Sir Paul Nurse of London’s Francis Crick Institute.

Any EU policy changes would, as usual, need to be proposed by the European Commission and approved, after amendment, by elected members of the European Parliament and by ministers from national governments.

Sun readers can be reassured: despite the codswallop, many “EU bureaucrats” themselves, “barmy” or not, enjoy fish and chips (and mushy peas, which the British press accused the EU of banning back in 1995, but which are miraculously still with us). They – we – want everyone else to carry on doing so, too.

Oh, and cod is still called cod as well despite these media stories from 2001 claiming it would have to be sold in the chippie by its Latin name.