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The Food Crisis in Britain after the Brexit

The vote for the Brexit happened months ago, and people may have forgotten about it. However, after the British people through Theresa May invoked Article 50 of Lisbon convention, it’s clear as day that the British people want to leave the European Union as quickly as possible. Also, people were aware of the repercussions that would follow the Brexit vote. However, few saw the possibility of a food crisis created by the UK leaving the European Union. According to a select committee, it’s estimated that a looming food crisis is on the way unless something drastic is done. One of the shortcomings of Brexit to the agricultural sector is difficulties in certain areas especially recruitment and retaining of employees. This information was released by the Food and Rural Affairs Committee in a report known as Feeding the Nation: Labor Constraints.

 

 

Following the triggering of article 50 by Britain, there is reduced movement across Europe. To understand the nature of the issue on the food crisis, there are 400,000 people in Britain working in the British agricultural sector. However, a good number of these people are not employees, and the number is estimated at 120,000. According to a professor from Royal Agricultural University in Britain, should nothing be done about the current problem, Britain will be in trouble when it comes to food in the coming years. An article in the Independent says that many businesses will diminish overnight if immigration is also halted overnight. The areas that are likely to be affected include British fruits, the daily sector as well as British vegetables. Dry taps are also expected should immigration stop.

 

Stake holders of the food industry in Britain feel that the British government should give some assurances about the present condition. This concern comes at a time when Theresa May through the Conservative manifesto said that Britain would control immigration into the country. However, she said that her government remains committed to attracting skilled employees into Britain. Investors feel that the government should assure them that should they make investments in the food industry, they will have the required labor.

 

Feeding the Nation: Labor Constraints aims at establishing whether there are labor shortages in the horticultural sector while at the same time developing an agricultural workers scheme. Finally, it’s the role of the program to find long-term solutions facing Britain’s food security.