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UK | Sustain’s “Beyond 2020 – New Farm Policy”

NGOs are urging a root and branch reform of agricultural policy to take the place of the CAP in the post-Brexit years. The Sustain alliance has published a four-part policy briefing. This is part two of our mini series presenting two scenarios from the UK for life #AfterCAP. [...]

11 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

UK | A People’s Food Policy

A silver lining in the Brexit cloud is that people can radically rethink how food, farming and the rural space operate in the UK. What will this mean for direct payments, for environmental regulations, for food security - and who will do the hard work of farming? Finally, is some of this blue sky thinking of interest to the rest of Europe? [...]

9 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

What a UK Negotiator Needs From a Minister

The UK is about to go into Brexit negotiations with a political maverick, Brexiteer Michael Gove, in charge of DEFRA. Here are are a few of his predecessors’ contributions to posterity: [...]

25 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

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

Michael Gove has taken over in the UK ministry which covers agricultural, food, rural affairs and the environment. He was central to the Brexit push and has links to US Neocons including the Tea Party - so he doesn't seem too keen on environmental regulations. By Miles King. [...]

20 June, 2017 // 1 Comment

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

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