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15 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 20 September 2011

Anna Hill hears how over a million tonnes of sugar is grown on British farms, as Farming Today joins the sugar beet harvest in Lincolnshire.

As British Food Fortnight gets underway, aiming to promote British menus and ingredients, the major supermarkets will not be taking part . The campaign organisers say it's because major retailers do not like to collaborate, but the British Retail Consortium says supermarkets support British products all year round.

And an anti-GM group is calling for a public consultation on genetically modified crops, following government approval of a GM wheat trial. The GM wheat trial will include genes based on those found in peppermint and cows, to produce a smell which repels aphids. But Pete Riley, a director of GM freeze, says the science needs greater public examination.

Presenter Anna Hill Producer: Melvin Rickarby.


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