*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.
Charlie Clutterbuck PhD has three degrees in agricultural sciences. He has worked in many parts of the food chain from plucking turkeys, picking hops, working in kitchens and living on a hill farm. He has advised several major food retailers and was an active member of Unite's Rural and Agricultural workers for many years. He is now a Research Fellow in Food Policy at City University London. Recently, he helped develop the Food Business Entrepreneurs degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has published extensively on food and farming and is the author of Bittersweet Brexit: Land, Labour and Food After Brexit (Pluto, 2017).
Part I: State We're In 1. All Change 2. Coming Out 3. Moving On Part II: Society 4. Trade 5. Labour 6. Land Part III: Farm and Food Science 7. Sustainability 8. Obesity 9. Pesticides 10. GMOs Part IV: The Future 11. What We Can Do 12. Future of Favourite Foods Notes Index