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Public meeting to discuss future of Calderdale's farming after Brexit

Public meeting to discuss future of Calderdale's farming after Brexit
Public meeting to discuss future of Calderdale's farming after Brexit

The future of food, farming and farmworkers after Brexit will be discussed at a public meeting in Halifax's Maurice Jagger Centre on Thursday 21 June, starting at 7pm.

Calderdale Trades Council has invited Nicola Verdon, a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, and soil scientist and author Charlie Clutterbuck to speak, followed by questions and discussion.

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Nicola Verdon is the author of a new book Working the land - a history of the farmworker in England from 1815 to the Present Day and a regular guest on radio and TV.

Charlie Clutterbuck, a Unite member, had his book Bittersweet Brexit: The Future of Food, Farming, Land and Labour listed as one of open Democracy's 'best political books of 2017'. Clutterbuck wants to see the annual funding of £3bn under the Common Agricultural Policy switched away from landowners into creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Calderdale Trades Council secretary Pete Keal said: "Brexit is one of the major issues of the day yet how it will affect food, farming and food industry workers appears to be largely absent from the debate. This public meeting will be an opportunity to consider a historical perspective on the status of farmworkers and to discuss how food and farming can be run to benefit working people in future."

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