1.Letter to the editor
2.Soil Association comment
1.Subject: Letter to the editor: re: Leading article: Genetically modified food for thought
Does the Independent's opposition to the use of GM crops that "allow farmers to soak the land in chemicals" only apply to the UK countryside, or does it also apply to South America (including The Pantanal and the Amazon) where GM soya is grown and then imported into the UK, unknown to consumers, as animal feed. Perhaps the Independent's "enlightened" view on GM crops could include space given over to opposing the use of imported GM soya as animal feed, and the promotion of alternatives and of consumer choice.
The Black Isle
2.Soil Association comment:
Professor Robert Watson spoke at the Soil Association's International Conference last week (The Future of Food, 12 Nov) where he emphasised that it was food availability that was the main problem in addressing food security rather then production. He said: "Today's hunger problems can be addressed with appropriate use of current technologies, emphasizing agro-ecological practices, coupled with decreased post-harvest losses."