EU pushes local philosophy Most major UK retailers have developed policies encouraging local or regional sourcing, such as Tesco ensuring all the standard range beef in its Welsh stores is from farms in Wales, and Safeway's West Country beef project. These are astutely anticipated political developments. The European Parliament is stepping up pressure on EU farm ministers to ban long distance livestock transport. Predictable opponents include the Irish but even in Britain difficulties would result. Some Scotch beef, for instance, is from cattle sourced in south west England beyond the 500km transport limit proposed by MEPs. {{MEAT }}