All posts tagged: farming policy

Food, Farming & Brexit, back to a diet of Spam and Powdered Egg?

“The UK has voted to leave the European Union” Time to take Stock Last week BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme began to investigate the potential impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on our food industry. It is, in fact, quite astonishing to me that food and farming formed so little of the national debate in the run-up to the Referendum. Even if such issues do not capture the popular imagination in the way that the economy and immigration might, it is still pretty odd that the subject did not appear more widely in the intellectual, academic and specialist debates that ran alongside the mainstream messages. When I was younger, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was a big news item, with stories of French farmers benefiting disproportionately and the cultural and economic history of mainland European farming, frequently rooted in largely pre-war agricultural and rural economies, (that seemed so archaic compared to our move to factory and industrial scale farming – if we only knew) – we shook our heads in dismay …