Letter: Bad example

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Sir: The chairman of the Advisory Committee on Releases into the Environment says: "The Americans are not stupid, and we should ... examine why there is such a different attitude to GMOs on their side of the Atlantic." ("Tesco isolated over policy on GM foods", 18 March.)

He is referring I assume, to the same Americans who contribute massively to global warming, refuse to take part in a biotechnology convention and refuse to segregate GMOs or label foods containing GMOs, who have introduced laws to muzzle the press and prevent US "food scare" reports and who have recently permitted licences for the felling of their last old-growth forests.

Individually the Americans are not stupid, but collectively they do not know what they are eating, their politicians are controlled by big business, and their environmental record is dubious. They are no example for us to follow.

LESLEY ELLIS

Alton, Hampshire

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