French livestock farmers stepped up their protests towards the end of last week, and began blocking off borders, turning back lorries carrying meat and fruit imports on Sunday.
Defra granted a derogation on heavily restricted insecticides this week to help farmers struggling to control cabbage stem flea beetle pests, but a growing body of research suggests that these neonicotinoids could be affecting beneficial wildlife across the food chain.
Arla has announced another price cut for its members, leading the NFU to warn that the outlook for the dairy sector is "bleak"
David Cameron has unveiled a raft of measures, centring around reducing red-tape and chasing export markets, which business lobbyists claim stand to grow the farming sector by £7bn. However, experts have questioned the government’s food policy, which they warn is bad for the environment, health and wellbeing.
On his visit to Kent yesterday, farming minister George Eustice praised the work of scientists seeking to make the UK’s budding fruit sector more resilient in the face of climate change.