Competition from the global market
Wheat farming in East Anglia is influenced by local conditions and global markets. Adverse weather conditions mean the harvest can be delayed and the crops may be ruined. Wheat prices fluctuate in response to supply and demand and prices are set according to global markets. Other parts of the world can produce wheat more cheaply than Britain and so farmers must remain competitive. Science, technology and plant breeding have increased output considerably and British wheat production has trebled.
Available since: Wed 7 Mar 2012