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Bittersweet Brexit

The Future of Food, Farming, Land and Labour

By (author) Charlie Clutterbuck
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Pluto Press, London, United Kingdom
Published: 12th Oct 2017
Dimensions: w 133mm h 217mm d 24mm
Weight: 355g
ISBN-10: 0745337708
ISBN-13: 9780745337708
Barcode No: 9780745337708
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*Selected as one of openDemocracy's Best Political Books of 2017* Although widely criticised and hugely wasteful, The Common Agricultural Policy did at least afford British farmers a degree of support. Post-Brexit, that support will vanish - to be replaced with a woefully misconceived agricultural export drive that cannot possibly deliver. Bittersweet Brexit suggests a solution: paying workers decent wages in the agricultural sector could radically transform the nature of farming in Britain. It would improve yields, increase sustainability and ensure greater self-sufficiency at a time when food security is becoming a vital issue. This scenario provides a progressive, forward-thinking and optimistic future for food and farming in Britain, which, unlike many other industries, is currently being ignored.

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'This book is so important ... it challenges us all to take the opportunity Brexit presents to rethink our food systems, rethink our investment in food production and reconnect locally' -- Pam Warhurst, Co-Founder, Incredible Edible Network 'A good red-green dose of food reality, which puts people, ecology and health at the heart of how to reform it' -- Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University, London 'A meticulously researched, thought provoking book, which politicians should act upon to provide a better future for our food and farm workers, especially the young, and rural economies in general' -- Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the Union