Patrick Holden

The Soil Association director responds to a leading article that followed an Advertising Standards Association ruling against Tesco's promotion of its organic food range

WHO? WHAT? WHERE?

Who?

Men more likely to watch fat in food than women

MEN ARE more calorie conscious and concerned about low-fat labels on food than women, and eat less if food is labelled as high in fat, research shows.

Health food shops `give unsafe advice'

MOST HEALTH food shops are giving poor or wrong advice to customers, which could delay people with serious conditions getting proper medical treatment, according to a Which? report published today.

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Helen

Letter: Biotech mess

Sir: First it was "the tyranny of pressure groups" like Friends of the Earth that the Prime Minister blamed for the public's overwhelming rejection of GM crops and foods. Now he thunders in Cabinet that it is all the fault of the media ("Blair blames GM hysteria on the press", 28 May).

Genetic threat to organic food

GENETIC contamination of various kinds is inevitable if GM crops are grown here commercially, according to unpublished research commissioned by ministers.

Smart moves: Day-dreams can lead to a fuller life

Day-dreams keep us going. As you struggle to remain alert during the management meeting, you might fantasise about opening an organic- food shop in Totnes, writing an Oscar-winning screenplay, or simply going freelance.

Real people: What will save me from cancer now?

MY CONCERN about this latest conflict over what constitutes a healthy diet does not stem from a desire to melt the flab from my thighs writes Kate Parry. I am not someone who has ever eaten grapefruit for two weeks solid just because some diet guru says it will give me a flat stomach. Instead, the reason is my family's medical history. My great- grandmother died from bowel cancer and my mother developed ulcerative colitis, a disease of the intestine, at the age of 29.

Letter: Home grown?

Sir: While at first sight, the prediction that sales of organic food will triple in the next four years is good news (report, 7 November), this increase will come almost entirely from imports of organic produce. Currently, 80 per cent of organic food sold here is imported, with simple items such as carrots and onions coming from far away, even though we are capable of growing these ourselves. It is sometimes hard to convince a consumer that an imported organic cauliflower at twice the price is better than a chemically produced one grown only miles away.

Teachers to get lessons on food

TEACHERS ARE to undergo training in healthy eating as part of a drive to improve the diets of thousands of schoolchildren, the Government said yesterday.

Attack on health shop headache cures

HEALTH food shops were yesterday accused of offering dangerous medical advice to customers. The claims followed a survey which showed that a woman who visited a number of shops - posing as a patient with a potential brain tumour - was recommended 42 different types of alternative treatments and therapies.

How green is your trolley?

In Britain's shops and markets, organic food has never been more popular. But the industry itself does not enjoy such rude health.
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