Sheep Farmers Unhappy With Professor - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Sheep Farmers Unhappy With Professor

Published August 25, 2011

The National Association of Sheep Farmers (LS) is less than happy with an article a professor wrote about lamb meat, and have boycotted the services of the University of Iceland as a result.
According to the Farmer’s Paper, LS chairman Sindri Sigurgeirsson met with Kristína Ingólfsdóttir, a rector at the University of Iceland. The subject was economics professor Þórólfur Matthíasson, and recent writings he has made about lamb meat.
Specifically, Þórólfur has contended that sheep farming is not economically viable, stating that 50 to 100 workers at an aluminium smelter do more for Iceland than 800 workers in sheep farming. Furthermore, he believes that sheep farmers receive far too much money in the form of agricultural subsidies.
In response, Sindri informed Kristína that LS would no longer require the services of economics department, which had research prepared about sheep farming. The economics department and LS were also planning on working together to find more viable ways of conducting the lamb slaughter.
While Kristína said that everyone has freedom of expression, and that LS should counter Þórólfur’s claims in the media, LS contends that they can no longer trust the work of the university.

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