Up for Grabs

Up for Grabs

NFU Say "Brexit offers the Government the opportunity to Back British farming and improve the country’s food sustainability" at the British Science Festival. NFU Deputy President Minette Batters stressed the important role British farmers can play in securing our domestic food supply for the future, in a debate on food sustainability.

Four Hot Potatoes

Sustain's report spells out four food Brexit issues which will hit the stands in 2018. "They illustrate why politics, finance and food are being increasingly entangled, and why a new vision, policies and partnerships are needed." The four are:What’s going to happen to food prices? Will robots take over or will crops be rotting in the fields? What will happen to farm subsidies? Food standards: More than just chlorine-washed chicken
Bittersweet Brexit deals in detail in these issues :Food prices will continue to rise for two main reasons. 1. Our pound devalued after the vote, and was propped up by another £60b given to bankers in Quantitative Easing - the can pick the rish harvest from Magic Money Tree. None was given to farm or food workers.2 We miss out on Single Market and Customs Union and have to pay more for checks either tariff checks if we come out of the Customs Union, or non-tariff checks (for phytosanitary purposes) if we come out of the Single Market.
Robots won't take over cheap labour as it is too expensive in times of risk,The susbsidies should go to paying labour a living wage Standards are much more complex than chlorinated chicken and extend to hormone pumped beef, ractomine pigs, hygiene standards of production and many more. The nest guarantee is to stay in the Single Market
But one thing is sure - there will be major changes and it is all 'up for grabs'. Join in the fight for better food.
The main thrust of the book is to increase local food sourcing. This can achieve a number of positives, including reducing the amount of food imports..costing £66Billion.An oft quoted example of this approach is Preston, here in Lancashire. Preston is modeling itself on the recovery of Cleveland in the USA. Preston city council has spent an additional £4m locally from 14% of its budget in 2012 to 28% in 2016. I am involved with an organisation called the LARDER (Lancs & Region Dietary Education Resource). For more, see 'What we can do'