Letter: We can choose how our food is produced

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We can choose how our food is produced

Organic meat offers a safe alternative

COLIN Tudge is right ("Cheap meat. Who needs it?", 24 March). It is time for a rethink of agricultural practices and the food industry. The iniquitous system of subsidies should be replaced by grants for good environmental practice. Farmers should be encouraged not to specialise in one crop or type of livestock - a sensible measure to save them from ruin in a bad year as well as being better for the land.

The aspect that upsets me most is that budgets for school meals had been squeezed so tight that the only beef on offer was processed. If we stop feeding our children rubbish, we will immediately lessen the risk of CJD.

Gail Coleshill

Crewkerne, Somerset