Farmers are increasingly being forced out of business by what they state would be the unjust techniques of major supermarkets. Photograph David Sillitoe for the Guardian

Farmers are increasingly being forced out of business by what they state would be the unjust techniques of major supermarkets. Photograph David Sillitoe for the Guardian

You can ch se a punnet up of Uk raspberries – at their best on the weekend – for a two-for-one offer in many supermarkets.

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But as shoppers reach for that quintessential summer treat, they need to perhaps ponder the fact that it is the farmer, perhaps not the supermarket, who’s spending money on the substantial discount.

The farmer could well be making no profit at all, without any choice into the pricing and little if any basic concept, as he picked and shipped the raspberries, just how much he would get for them. Or that the packaging will be taken care of by the farm, but done by an ongoing business opted for by the supermarket – at up to twice the price of it being packaged separately.

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