Chemical damages 

Six Nicaraguan banana plantation workers have won £1.5m in damages from US grower Dole Foods after a Los Angeles jury agreed they had been rendered sterile after using banned pesticide DBCP. 

Organic action plan 

The Soil Association has launched an East Anglian action plan to boost the amount of organic cereals grown in the county. The SA wants domestic organic production to meet 70% of the nation's demand, up from the current 30%. 

Virus resistance 

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council is developing varieties of GM broccoli and cabbage which resist the damaging mosaic virus.