September 2017

Bittersweet Brexit launchON WORLD FOOD DAY


BITTERSWEET BREXIT: the future of food, farming, land and labour
by Charlie Clutterbuck

Monday 16 October at 2.00pm prompt

Mechanics Centre, 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD

Unite Education and Pluto Press have combined to publish BITTERSWEET BREXIT: the future of food, farming, land and labour. Unite member Charlie Clutterbuck has written the book, which, with every part of the food chain set to be affected by the UK’s decision to exit the EU, seeks converts for a radical new vision for food and farming.

“Currently £3 billion in EU subsidies is gobbled up by the UK large landowners. They receive £100 for each acre they own even if they leave it unused.

“This money needs switching to labour. Farmers, in combination with training agencies and agricultural workers, can then run highly skilled apprenticeship programmes in order to make farming and agriculture attractive to young people.

“We have an ageing farming workforce. Unless young people replace them then we face problems over food security as we import nearly half of our food.

“The government has put forward a woefully misguided Post Brexit agricultural export drive plan. We should transform farming by concentrating on producing more food at home. Upping yields and product ranges will reduce the current $33 billion gap between exports and imports,” states Charlie, a soil scientist who has spent his whole working life in food and farming and who is an active member of Unite the union.  

Charlie will be joined at the book launch by Pam Warhurst, Co-Founder of the Incredible Network and Franny Joyce, Unite regional officer for food and farming in the NW.

Refreshments available

Free copies of BITTERSWEET BREXIT will be available for members of the press at the launch. If you’d appreciate an advance copy please get in touch. Chapter 1 can be downloaded at

.Website to support book and which will be updated regularly from 16 October onwards.

For more details contact Mark Metcalf. 07392 852561 @markmetcalf07 @clutterbuckcha1