Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745337708 Published December 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Bittersweet Brexit

The Future of Food, Farming, Land and Labour

Charlie Clutterbuck

Bittersweet Brexit

Charlie Clutterbuck

Distributed for Pluto Press

304 pages | 22 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745337708 Published December 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745337715 Published December 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was originally designed in 1962 to build an integrated agricultural market through subsidies, the removal of tariffs, and other programs of financial intervention. Though reformed many times over the past five decades, the CAP has been widely criticized for its high cost and uneven distribution of benefits as well as for its environmental and humanitarian impacts.
            But in Britain, in spite of its shortcomings, the CAP did at least afford farmers a degree of financial and structural support. Post-Brexit, that support will vanish, to be replaced by a woefully misconceived agricultural export drive. Bittersweet Brexit dissects the problems of the post-CAP plan and proposes a simple yet impactful solution: paying workers decent wages. A leading expert on agribusiness, Charlie Clutterbuck argues that increasing wages for laborers in the agricultural sector would radically transform the nature of farming in Britain—increasing sustainability, improving yields, and ensuring greater self-sufficiency at a time when food security is gravely imperiled. This timely book calls for a progressive future for food and farming in Britain, and will prove illuminating to students of environmental studies and policy makers alike. 
 
Contents
List of Photographs, Figures and Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
 
Part I: The State We’re In
1. All Change
Up for Grabs
Where We Are Now
Imports/Exports
Markets
How We Got Here
Corn Laws
After the Second World War
My View
Overproduction
 
2. Coming Out
If, How and When …
Tables Turned
Brexit
Opportunities
Challenges
Doing the Deal
Out of the Single Market
But Inside the Free-trade Zone
Outside the Single Market but Inside the Customs Union
Leaving the Customs Union Too
Brexiteers v Free Traders Tariffs
Sanitary Measures
 
3. Moving On
Going Global
Challenges
Buying British
Challenges
 
Part II: Society
4. Trade
Food Trade Deficit
Mad Markets
Globalisation
World Trade Organisation
EU Single Market
Doing Deals Elsewhere
United States of America
BRICS
Commonwealth
Food Futures Markets
Food Prices
E-Food Trading
 
5. Labour
Fruits of Our Labour
Migrant Workers
Plantations
Agricultural Science Worker
Agricultural Wages Board (AWB)
Farm Fatalities
They’re Off!
Technofix
Investment
Technology and Labour
Subsidise Land Workers not Landowners
 
6. Land
Not All Land is the Same
Agri-Environment Schemes
Forestry
Land Use
Save Our Arable Land!
Erosion
Carbon
Where Has All the Carbon Gone?
Soil Health
Soil Animals
Birth of the Earth
Who Should be Doing What?
Land Research
Lost Land Research
Questions
 
Part III: Farm and Food Science
7. Sustainability
Land
Energy
Air
Water
Nitrogen
Pesticides
Biodiversity
1 Crops and Creatures
2 Food Products
3 Seed Banks
4 Biodiversity Action Plan
Waste
Sustainable Diets
 
8. Obesity
Fats or Carbs?
Flawed or Fraud?
Saccharine Disease
Dietary Guidelines
Hard to Swallow
 
9. Pesticides
Insecticides
Herbicides
Digging up the Dirt
Post Brexit
March Science
 
10. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
Tomato Case Study
Purple Tomato
Kumato
Private
Public
Concerns
Citizen’s Panel
 
Part IV: The Future
11. Favourite Foods
Full British “Brexfast’
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
At the Bar
Evening Meals
 
12. What We Can Do
Identity
Predictions
Proposals 1 Society
Priority – subsidies
Proposals 2 Science
Proof of the Pudding
Personal
Practical
Policy
Principles
 
Abbreviations
Notes
Index
 
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