Exploring the food chain, one job at a time.

This month I spent two weeks driving around in Great Britain, talking to farmers, fishers and other food producers about Brexit. How has the prospect of Brexit affected their business? Has it changed the way they plan for the future? 

What struck me most was the diversity of opinions about what Brexit was really about, and what they expect to happen in the near future. I've heard everything from 'nothing will change' to 'everything will change', from 'a second referendum is the worst thing that could happen' to 'a second referendum is the best thing we can do now'. The only constant seems to be that people are really, really tired and annoyed about being held hostage in this state of uncertainty by their elected leaders.

As it looks now, Theresa May will bring her deal back to parliament for a third time next week. I'm planning to return to the UK in July to see how these eleven British food professionals are dealing with the outcome of Brexit, whatever it may be.

While nothing is changing on a daily basis in the British politics, find the stories of 11 food professionals surviving a Brexit chaos online now.

Things to read, watch and consider
"All across the country people felt they'd really lost. All across the country, people felt they'd really won. All across the country, people felt they'd done the right thing and other people had done the wrong thing. All across the country, people looked up Google: what is EU?" 

There are some fantastic books that I came across preparing for this trip. One is 'Autumn' by Ali Smith, a short but poetically written piece of fiction that plays in Britain after the referendum. 
"We went in [to the EU] to screw the French by splitting them of from the Germans". The 1980s political satire 'Yes, Minister' is still a very entertaining way to increase one's understanding of British politics.
There is still some humor left in the Brits, it seems. Brexit is a goldmine for meme creators. Follow #BrexitShambles on Instagram to get your daily dose of Bercow- and May-memes. 
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