Letter: Trust science not maverick scientists

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Letter: Trust science not maverick


WHY are farmers now blaming the Government for the BSE fiasco? It is all down to them. In their attempts to screw the last penny out of a pound of beef, they fed their cattle food enriched with meat derivatives. Why should the taxpayer pick up the bill? So some will lose their farms - hard luck, that's life. Many others have lost their incomes, factories, shops, etc.

I don't think farmers do much to support British industry anyway; most farms are equipped with imported equipment. So stop the subsidies, do not compensate them and let them sink or swim with the rest of us. The farms will be bought, and life will go on - with or without beef.

David Petter

Chichester, West Sussex