A B C D G L P S U W

AHDB

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board is a levy-funded body that collects statistics and organises research programmes for its participating sectors. There are elaborate controls in place to ensure that levies paid by producers are spent within their sector.

anthropocentric

a view of nature and the world in human terms to the exclusion of the natural world

asparagus-and-strawberries

Since the growing season for strawberries follow on very closely after asparagus, it is common to find growers who combine both these labour intensive crops in the same business. This simplifies hiring labour, since workers move straight from one crop to the next.

bagne

French prison that imposed forced labour on its inmates.

BCP

Border Control Point. A designated EU customs facility set up to carry out food safety checks on third country shipments arriving in the EU and inspect inbound goods, such as high risk animal products or plant products. The UK has a number of facilities that conformed to EU standards. More recent facilities have been built since Brexit, but given the divergence that has occurred on border food safety checks under BTOM, the fact that these facilities are often referred to as BCPs should not be taken as an indication of compliance, let alone conformity. Inland food inspection facilities such as Sevington, for instance, would struggle to gain accreditation, which is awarded by the European Commission.

bourg

French word for middle class suburb, more familiar in the adjective bourgeois or middle class.

BTOM

Border Target Operating Model is the British government’s blueprint for re-inventing ports in what is left of the twenty first century. It is based on a set of notions about how a port functions, but some are so wide of the mark that they get in the way. Some abbreviations lend themselves to being adopted as acronyms, but not in this case. See the Ports In Practice post when it is published.

citoyen

The French word for citizen (citoyenne for ladies) used throughout the revolutionary age.

DEFRA

Department for the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs; covers agriculture, even if the word is absent from the title.