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Who is UK’s new Ag Minister? Say Hello to Michael Gove

A new high profile politician has taken over in the UK ministry which covers Agricultural, food, rural affairs and the environment. His name is Michael Gove. He was central to the Brexit push, is famous for his statements about exerts, has links to US Neocons including the American Tea Party - so he doesn't seem too keen on environmental regulations. He also seems to favour a very neoliberal model of farming. By Miles King. [...]

20 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

Who Picked British Fruit & Veg Before Migrant Workers?

With Brexit, migration and veg shortages, now is a great time to better understand who picked Britain's fruit and veg in the past. We take a trip with Caroline Nye, encountering 14th Century Irish and modern day Ukrainian migrants. [...]

28 February, 2017 // 0 Comments

#AfterCAP | What Does The Public Pay For?

Tom Lancaster, Senior Agriculture Policy Officer at the UK's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) assesses the uncertain terrain of the UK, farm subsidies and public goods post Brexit. In doing so, some interesting considerations emerge for the EU too. [...]

11 December, 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister May Floats Hard Brexit Plan For UK

UK prime minister Theresa May addressed he political party, the ruling Conservative party, at their conference at the start of the month. She tried to reassure the warring factions of that party that her plans for Brexit were on track. It's clear she favours a hard - that's complete - break from the EU, and not a soft - that's partial - separation. [...]

11 October, 2016 // 0 Comments

Blank Sheet for UK Agriculture?

The UK faces the prospect of rethinking its agriculture from scratch during the Brexit process. Less than a month after the vote, farming minister George Eustice told BBC Wales that he could not guarantee future agricultural support programmes would be as generous as current EU subsidies. [...]

7 August, 2016 // 0 Comments

UK | Leadsom Unpacked – From Fracking to Farming

As has been the case with the UK's new post-Brexit referendum Ministers, the now head of farming, food, rural affairs and environment has made some unusual utterances in the recent past. Peter Crosskey let's us get to know Andrea Leadsom a little better. [...]

25 July, 2016 // 0 Comments

New UK Minister Leadsom’s Plans for Agri Payments

The UK's new Minister with responsibility for farming and food may want to change how CAP and subsidies work. Pillar 1 type payments may be dropped and the delicate balance between farming and nature - especially on farms - may change radically. Miles King explains. [...]

18 July, 2016 // 1 Comment

Article 50 & the Brexit Circus’ Lack of Facts

As the crucial UK vote on staying in or leave the EU edges closer, UK resident and ARC2020 columnist Peter Crosskey makes some observations about Brexit, agri-food, media bias and - importantly - Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. [...]

31 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

UK – Celebrating Soil through Food in Bristol

What happens when socially and ecologically engaged artists really focus on soil? And in so doing, bring different people - from across a wide spectrum - together to get to know that earth beneath their feet a little better? In one city in the UK - Bristol - they have done just that. Mario Catizzone tells us about it. [...]

18 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

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