First UBI update in March

Posted on March 10, 2024

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Dear UBI Friends and Supporters,

We hope this email finds you well!

Please find below updates about UBI events and publications:

Where: Online (via action network and zoom)

When:  Wednesday, March 13, 2024 • 6:00-7:30 PM (GMT) 

When considering what a healthy economy looks like, few elements are as fundamental and indispensable as farming and food production. The people who do the work that feeds us all face challenges that are as diverse as the crops they nurture and livestock they raise. Some of these challenges are inherent to their work and some are due to dysfunctions in how the profits of their labour are distributed.

The UK finds itself with farmers who are overworked and underpaid. Recent demonstrations in Europe have shown a similar pattern. If we are to build food systems that are fit to weather the changing political landscape, using farming practices that adequately respect the environment and that begin to truly address food insecurity we need to make farming a viable and healthy career.

The new report makes a strong case for exploring how a basic income could be applied to farming in the UK. It summarises the work that has been done so far and, perhaps most importantly, lays out the key areas and big questions the work to date has highlighted.

Chamberlain focuses on the regimes of flexibility and the unconditional basic income, arguing that while both offer prospects for greater freedom and justice, they also incur the risk of shoring up the work society rather than challenging it. To transform the work society, he shows that we must also reconfigure the place of paid work in our lives and rethink the meaning of community at a deeper level.

In solidarity and best wishes
reinhard on behalf of UBI Lab Leeds