Favourite Foods (Chap 11)



Because coffee is traded in dollars and the pound has lost to the dollar since the Referendum, coffee prices have gone up. There have also been droughts in Brazilian and Kenyan coffee growing regions pushing prices up to. "A ‘no deal’ scenario by default would return us to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules (when we have been let in). We would see tariffs of 7.5 per cent on roasted coffee and 9 per cent on instant coffee,” according to the BCA. What they fail to mention is there is no tariff on unroasted (raw beans) coffee. The tariffs on instant and roasted are to protect EU roasters and put off capital investment in the host countries. 'We' want to do the 'value adding'.


End of EU sugar quotas means we will have even cheaper sugary foods - just what we dont need.


Baked Beans

Every baked bean we eat in Britian is imported, mainly from Canada From beer through to pastries, butters to cured meats, cheeses to pasta, there is a lot that Europe has to offer. What are we left with when we go? In her Facebook post, all Maddy feels that she is left with is baked beans. In the still life representation of what Brexit could mean for the UK, we are all beans now. And, Maddy says, the beans are deliberate: ‘Too many beans make you Trump’ Baked beans were originally an expensive foreign import from the US. Heinz HQ is in Manchester near the Mersey Canel - to import the baked beans we don't grow here.The Heinz factory in Kitt Green is one of the largest food factories in Europe, and produces more than 1 billion cans of food every year.

Where do these beans come from? Most commercially canned baked beans are made from haricot beans, also known as navy beans – a variety of Phaseolus vulgaris. The sauce. In Ireland and the United Kingdom, is a most commonly a tomato sauce Heinz say 'Beanz meanz heinz'. Since 2008 they are called Heinz Beanz

Can we replace the Candian phaseolus with a Brit one? The National Vegetable Research Station at Wellesbourne developed a bean - Edward that was pretty near a navy bean , but needed to develop disease resistant and shorter day. That research stopped for 20 years, until..scientists at the University of Warwick Crop Centre launched a research project that will make use of the latest DNA sequencing technology to begin mapping the genes governing the traits that are needed for the navy bean to thrive in the UK climate. This will lay the foundations for breeding new varieties that are better adapted for growing by British farmers. Download It was a shame that Wellesbourne was taken over by Warwick University, only to be shut a few years later, under the watch of New Labour. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is funding PhD student Andrew Tock’s project through a food security studentship at the University of Warwick Crop Centre, supervised by Professor Eric Holub and Dr Guy Barker

Sandwiches In the spring of 1980, Marks & Spencer, the nation’s most powerful department store, began selling packaged sandwiches out on the shop floor. By the end of the 20th century, more people in Britain were making and selling sandwiches than working in agriculture. Now it is an £8bn industry. See Chapter 11 as to why the British Sandwich industry want Brexit so they could change ‘use by’ to ‘use by end of ’ on sandwich packaging. Important stuff it seems.

Carbon footprint of sandwiches

Kebab. EU set to ban phosphates necessary to keep kebab meat moist and flavoursome after long time on the spit. 1.3m kebabs sold a day, and employs 200,000 jobs. The EU has a general plan to ban phosphates in meats, but truns a blind eye to this particular use. But when the EU Commission moved to formalise this, the EU parliaments health committee stopped it. Big vote Strasbourg


In the form of Chips Eat as you go along, Still the easiest, cheapest food on the move and not bad for you either..Hang on.Is that right? YES.. A

A bag of Britain's favourite potato chips is set to rise by 10 percent after maker Walkers said the slump in the value of the pound after the vote to leave the European Union had pushed up its manufacturing costs. The potatoes used to make crisps from Walkers, which is Britain's third biggest grocery brand according to trade publication The Grocer, are grown in Britain. So what is the problem? The other ingredients and packaging were imported, Walkers said. Pepsico (who own Walkers) hiking prices of potato because "Whilst our potatoes are British, we import a number of different ingredients and materials to produce a finished packet of Walkers crisps e.g. seasonings, oil for frying and key raw materials used in our packaging film," a Walkers spokesperson said in an emailed statement".

The UK is currently in the process of negotiating access for seed potatoes into China

Afternoon Tea


NFU still lobbying DEFRA to maintain school milk post Brexit.

Head of ARLA asks "UK Government to publish its future plans for agriculture in the UK through a parliamentary bill "at the earliest opportunity early next year".

Evening Meals


FSA investigates 2 Sisters following allegations of tampering with slaughter dates

Will the British public accept chlorine washed turkey. Written by 'the 3 professors', they compared "current UK and EU standards with those in the USA, and concluded that the use of chemical disinfectants by the US food industry posed risks to consumers and workers in the industry".

'Why did the chicken cross the Atlantic?' says: "The real opposition to the US food industry in the EU has always been from Germany and France, not Britain. "


BBC World Service While many British fishermen rejoiced after the UK vote to leave the European Union, hoping fewer EU boats fishing in UK waters, Lesley Curwen visits ports and harbours at both ends of Britain to talk to fisherfolk about their hopes and fears, and hears from a group of European fishers who argue a hard Brexit would destroy thousands of their jobs.

EU Brexit Guidelines (March 2018) "For many coastal communities, the influence of the EU on the UK’s fishing industry was a key reason to vote leave. Brussels is not going to give up its access to UK waters without a fight, and the guidelines insist that “existing reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources should be maintained.” Such a move would be blocked by Environment Secretary

Michael Gove, has already ruled out keeping the UK in the Common Fisheries Policy after Brexit. Michael Gove is on manouevres... Four powerful fishery protection vessels are being built to prevent French, Spanish, Danish and other boats from fishing illegally in UK waters. HMS Forth (above) is undergoing sea trials, and has a 30mm gun, machineguns and a helicopter when it enters service next year. The cost is around £350m. Which department is paying? Seems an odd expenditure for his dept - of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

March 22018 Tories urged to apologise to fishing industry for not renogiating the fish quota for the transition period - promised just a week ago. Not only will the fishing industry have to abide by EU rules during this period but they will not have any voting rights during this time - the worst possible scenario. The Scottish Fisherman's Federation say they want cast iron guarantees that "sovereignty will mean sovereignty and we will not enter into any deal which gives any other nation or the EU continued rights of access or quota other than those negotiated as part of the annual Coastal States negotiations.” First Minister on 'Massive Sellout'

Their sacrifice has not been in vain, but they were the glorious dead. Fallen in the service of Brexit.


Ractopamine to produce leaner pork is another banned in EU but used in USA - where it escapes the USDA organic certificate, as it neither a growth hormone nor an antibiotic.