The Full English
Food, or the lack of it, is emerging as a key issue in the ongoing Brexit omnishambles. Imagine being so immersed in a fantasy that you would carry out a policy that undermine your own ability to feed yourselves? The Sunday Times maps out a scenario being written up by civil servants:
‘A source said: “In the second scenario, not even the worst, the port of Dover would collapse on day one. The supermarkets in Cornwall and Scotland will run out of food within a couple of days, and hospitals will run out of medicine within two weeks.”’
We’ve known for some time that the Brexit power-grab would mean taking back control of key elements of food policy from Scotland, most notably overturning Scotland’s anti-GM policy. We’ve also known that the deregulation that comes with Brexit will mean opening us up to chlorinated chicken and other wonders of American cuisine. We can also expect an acceleration of intensive beef production with its inherent C02 output and decrease in animal welfare. Now we know that Westminster is seriously considering the collapse of our food system as a result of a no-deal Brexit. Whatever happened to ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’?
The revelations expose a food system predicated on export growth, given over to handful of corporations, and, as the winter just showed us (‘News from the Red Zone’), is based on a flimsy precarious delivery system called ‘just in time’ that is at the best of times teetering on the brink of collapse. Throw in a healthy dose of Tory xenophobic Brexitism and the whole thing will collapse quicker than you can say “Asda Price”.
This is a shock to some, but really shouldn’t be.
As the annual Scottish Land and Estates’ conference was told last week that “Farming ‘would disappear from large parts of Scotland’ under post-Brexit plans”, which might have been a wake-up call.
Our food system is already fragile, broken, and dysfunctional on multiple levels. Some people have just realised this. We are Nine Meals from Anarchy.
The Sunday Times suggests food and petrol would run out within days.
The Sunday Times reports: “Officials would have to charter aircraft, or use the RAF to ferry supplies to the furthest corners of the UK. “You would have to medevac medicine into Britain, and at the end of week two we would be running out of petrol as well.”
In a country that lurches into hysteria after a light flurry of snow, this should be a little worrying.
Our food system is completely fucked already, Brexit is just the coup de grâce.
That allotment list is pretty long, isn’t it?