Letter: GM food? No, thanks

Sir: When genetically modified food was first proposed, we were told it would be possible to produce crops that were resistant to disease. In fact, in the case of soya, the object has been to produce a strain of plant more resistant to herbicide.

Monsanto makes the soya and the herbicide. So the increased plant tolerance boosts sales of the herbicide and the amount of chemical pollution of our soil.

Perhaps Monsanto are already at work on a genetically modified human being who can tolerate even higher levels of pollution with even more scope for making a profit. God bless America and their local representative, Tony Blair.

PETER FAIRWEATHER

Faversham, Kent

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