Mr Benn, you owe us this time on R&D

As Professor Geoff Dixon argues in HW this week, it is deeply ironic that just as the connection between the horticulture industry's products and the nation's health is becoming better understood than ever, we are witnessing the loss of the sector's lifeblood - science and technology - thanks to the withdrawal of successive governments' support for research into crop production in this country (see opposite).

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