Why now?

The United Kingdom has recently undergone a massive change with its decision to leave the European Union with Brexit. This process will officially start in March and will take two years to be officially put into place. Brexit’s central arguments were to have higher control over immigration and to leave behind ‘burdensome’ regulations that the EU set up. This leaves a lot of businesses and workers in an uncertain position. Today, it is important to think what that future might hold for Britain and there is no better time than the present to start asking questions in creative ways.

Farming contributes to the health and wealth of the people in the UK. Besides the core role of feeding people safe and high-quality produce, farming also manages over 70 per cent of UK’s land area by providing habitats for wildlife and countryside. The sector employs over 475,000 people and produces the raw ingredients for the food and beverage manufacturing sector; it is worth £108 billion and generates around £18 billion worth of export earnings annually. For every £1 invested in farming, £7.40 is generated. Not only does farming play a significant role in the overall economy, but it also contributes to tackling environmental concerns. Farmers have managed to increase food production while lowering greenhouse gas emission and the usage of chemicals and water. Agricultural land also produces renewable energy including wind, biomass and solar power which accounts for 10 per cent of the nation’s electricity.

What are farmers’ concerns?