US secretary of agriculture, EFRA Committee reports, haricot beans
This week on Farming Today, we're taking a look at the issues impacting farming around the globe, from food security to sustainability.
One of the biggest players in global agriculture is the United States: but as a country that has so many diverse agricultural systems in play, what's the right way forward for the food and farming sector? Charlotte Smith put the question to the US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue.
Select Committees are cross-party groups of MPs that aim to hold the government to account on implementing policies based on evidence they've gathered from various sources - but are they failing to make an impact?
The Environment, Food and Rural Affair Committee says it's 'concerned' and 'disappointed' with Defra's reactions to some of its recent reports, which the Committee's Chair Neil Parish MP has labelled 'inadequate'. He told Anna Hill why he's written to Michael Gove to complain.
Beans on toast might sound like a typical British comfort food, but baked beans were originally from the Americas and are still only grown overseas.
Until now, that is... A haricot bean breeding programme at Warwick University is hoping it's developed a variety that can put up with our unpredictable weather. Sarah Swadling joined Professor Eric Hollub in the midst of harvesting his field trials, to find out more.