This briefing paper explores the food terrain exposed by the wider “Brexit versus Bremain” Referendum question to be decided by the voting UK public on June 23. It is written to raise issues; to invite academics and civil society working on food matters to consider how their work fits this momentous issue; and to aid informed decisions. The paper follows from debates and concerns expressed at the 6th City Food Symposium on UK food and Brexit held on December 14, 2015.
This paper was a starting point for further activities and events on the EU referendum and food issues:
-On 25 April 2016, politicians and food experts met in the House of Parliament to discuss the implications of this year’s EU referendum, in a debate jointly organised by The Food Foundation, Food Ethics Council and Food Research Collaboration.
-On 12 May 2016, a citizens’jury heard evidence on Brexit from leading food experts, in an event jointly organised by People’s Knowledge at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University and the Food Research Collaboration
-On 17 May 2016, Professor Tim Lang held a talk based on the paper at a seminar organised by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)
-On 20 July 2016, the FRC hosted a roundtable on mapping a plan for post-Brexit food policy. The meeting was attended by 57 academics and civil society representatives
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