Following the Brexit vote, we are in for some of the biggest changes in our food and farming for generations - perhaps for over 150 years. Some believe that the world is our oyster and we are going to become a land of milk and honey. Others think the world is our lobster (to borrow from George Cole in Minder) and about to bite us back - bigstyle. In terms of subsidies, standards, regulations, imports, exports, tariffs and quotas - all built up over 40 years - we have a lot to loose and not much to gain in terms of where our meals are going to come from for our next generation.
This site follows on from the publication of the book 'Bittersweet Brexit; The Future of Food, Farming, Land and Labour', written by Dr Charlie Clutterbuck and published by Pluto Press on Oct 16 World Food Day 2107. OpenDemocracy included Bittersweet Brexit in their 'Best political books of 2017. This site carries on the many debates set up in the book, and includes the book's index, to give you an idea of what it covers.
BITTERSWEET BREXITThe book proposes a series of positive actions we can take to promote a redder/greener approach to our food and farming. To do so, we need to get our hands on the previous EU CAP subsidies - worth around £3+Billion. At present these go to landowners - for owning the land, rather than doing anything with it.
At the same time, consumers want cheaper food - and this costs the earth. Also many people won't do the work, as wages, conditions and prospects are dreadful. So to enable cheap food but provide better conditions and better environmental impact, we could use those CAP funds to fund workers instead. It could pay 300,000 permanent workers an extra £10,000 each - making a living wage.
The longer aim is to reduce the amount of food imported - nearly half of what we eat. Most comes from the EU, so imports are likely to cost more with border controls - whether for health or customs. If we reduce food imports by half - to roughly same value as we export, we could pay ourselves $33 billion. Imagine what we could do with that sort of money for our rural economies and for our social care.Brexit was about a lot more than just 'immigration' although that was important - see where Brexit started. In particular many people are fed up of 'austerity'. Since the banking crash, our schools, hospitals, libraries, police prisons a have all felt the pinch - or rather - pain. See Magic Money Tree as to why things are so bad
To search the site, click the magnifying icon, top right. Most of this site is my description of what is happening. When I want to make a clear comment, it is in italics.
Chapters mirror the book, with 'All Change', 'Coming Out', Moving On', Trade, Labour, Land, and Science - see top nav
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This site will keep up to date with National News on food and farming, latest Book News and particular aspects like devolution. It also explains about Magic Money trees and the role of farming in how Brexit started......