So... what do we do then?
It's tempting to think that way but I don't think your average farmer sits about of an evening counting massive piles of cash and guffawing about how great it is that there's all these Polish farm hands to exploit so he can rake in the profits. By all accounts most farms generate an absolute pittance from actual produce sales and can only stay afloat (for now) because of EU subsidies, much of which are paid for owning land that is not being used for farming, ludicrously enough. And the reason farm gate prices are so low is that we buy nearly all our food from a handful of massive supermarkets who - whether they actually sit together to decide what prices they'll pay or not - effectively form a cartel.My knee jerk response is that British farming should die if the only way it can function is by exploiting foreign workers.
Plus if anything goes tits up with the supply chain we'll all end up eating each other, and not in a sexy way.Obviously if British farming goes under we'll just end up importing food from places pulling the same shit or even worse so letting it die isn't really a solution.