Category Archives: Brexit

Land values- farming-Brexit

 

The Environment Secretary has repeatedly signally lately that support for farming will progressively shift from production support to environmental protection.  As we already import more than half of what we eat, that presumably means that the post-Brexit trade deals we hear so much of lately will sacrifice UK agricultural production to imports, in exchange for exports of cars, armaments, fashion, university places and computer programming.  That, in turn, implies a change in land values as production will be less economic and cash for the environment will be squeezed in favour of university tuition fees (or whatever is PC at the time). That implied fall in land values will then allow the builders to buy up land and build houses. Obviously an environmental improvement which will allow otters, beavers and bitterns to occupy urban gardens.

I remain unconvinced that government is thinking anything through.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd,  1st April 18

If you have a vote, you should read this.

 

Every newspaper has lied to us about Brexit, except the Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/data-war-whistleblower-christopher-wylie-faceook-nix-bannon-trump

Insanity of abandoning production support for farming

If any Minister forgets this effect of a slip in the jet-stream, he or she may well heave the death of maybe thousands of old people on their hands.

The cold snap at the beginning of March is easily forgotten,

BUT remember for a moment the empty shelves in the supermarkets for a day or two afterwards. Credit to them and their supply companies and truck drivers for getting it right so quick…

BUT, suppose the jet steam which dipped south for a couple of days and let in the “Beast from the East” had stuck for a couple of weeks…

BECAUSE the supermarkets work on Just In Time (JIT) supply chains, people would have actually starved and vulnerable people would have died.  Over-dramatising?  Well, possibly.  However, some years ago, I was working for TACIS (the EU technology transfer program) in Tajikistan and, because of a deliberate cut-off of the gas energy supply from further into the communist block, several million people dies in their sub=zero temperature winter. These things do happen.

AND, if and when we leave the EU and we do trade deals with overseas people, exporting services and manufactured goods, and allowing more food imports, and sell farm production down the line in favour of “environmental” correctness, and the same dip in the jet stream occurs, then more people will die.

Why do we put up with Ministers and a Civil Service that has no common sense?

Oh, by the way, climate is changing, it is quite likely the jet stream will dip again.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd,  March 18

 

 

 

Farming must think outside the box

Farming and the Health Budget.5.Care in the Community.

There are sectors in farming with spare B & B capacity, some at certain times of the year, some 365. With the right training and support, there is a capability here to integrate with the Health budget. One post-hospital treatment supervisor could manage, say, 5 to 10 farm sites with maybe upwards of 20 patients (customers?).    We need to make better use of tax-payers/ cash by integrating different parts of the economy and getting two benefits for the price of one. Fresh air, gold good, genuinely caring people, relaxing recuperation could improve recovery rates.

Bill Butterworth,  Land Research Ltd.

Farming and the Health Budget.5.Care in the Community.

There are sectors in farming with spare B & B capacity, some at certain times of the year, some 365. With the right training and support, there is a capability here to integrate with the Health budget. One post-hospital treatment supervisor could manage, say, 5 to 10 farm sites with maybe upwards of 20 patients (customers?).    We need to make better use of tax-payers/ cash by integrating different parts of the economy and getting two benefits for the price of one. Fresh air, gold good, genuinely caring people, relaxing recuperation could improve recovery rates.

 

Bill Butterworth,  Land Research Ltd.

NHS staff need a countryside break

The only way is up.

 

Farming and the Health Budget.4.Staff Recreation.

I have not heard anyone criticise NHS staff in recent years.  Most of them are underpaid, over-worked and exhausted.  Many feel under-valued.  Part of the cure could be give them a break, on a farm, in the countryside. Regularly, return refreshed and more productive with fewer mistakes.  Worth every penny. Able to prepare patients better and sooner for care in the community.By the way, if Michael Gove’s Civil Servixce advisors have a problem with the way farmers have taken care of the countryside, the should see it when God has it all to himself.

Food security and health security are complimentary.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd. 3 March 2018

 

 

Farm Labour and change

 

 

Post Brexit, UK farming faces the biggest change for over 100 years.  So, is there a connection between this…

… and this?

 

Farming and the Health Budget.  3. Health Education

Fresh air, walking, communing with nature, getting away from the rush, good food.  Farming is now grubbing out young, viable fruit orchards for apples, pears, plumbs, raspberries, strawberries – and because EU labour has gone back home. If people want welfare support, health support, then each individual has to help themselves wherever they can.  Gentle exercise fruit picking, together with others at the same stage of health, under the guidance of health specialists, could do for themselves, farming, the nation and the Budget, and the taxpayer a favour.  And it could be fun!  Pretty good for NHS staff, too.

We really do have to start thinking outside the box in order to ensure profit is generated in farming because that is where the resources come from to maintain what the politicians politely call “the environment”.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 2 March 18

Peace in our time – farming for others

THIS

Can deliver this to others

Farming and the Health Budget.2. Recuperation

Recuperation in the community clearly reduces the pressure on hospitals and GP’s.   organising close links and understanding between the health services and farms has some clear advantages in terms of relaxation, fresh air, exercise, good food and mental repair and re-building hope.  However, it only works if the farm used is a production operation because the hope of harvest, the hard work of others, the peace in that hard work, is what allows peace to the visitor.

What better place to learn about diet and health education than on a farm.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd. 27 Feb 18