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SIR - Large sums of taxpayers' money were spent last year to identify the public opinion on GM crops. The result was a definite majority view opposed to such form of food production.

Apparently Tony Blair had no intention of heeding the results of this investigation.

Irrespective of the effects of such crops on our food supplies, Mr Blair has stated that we need the multinational companies present in this country.

The truth is that they and their investors desperately need us.

His henchwoman, Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett, has carried Mr Blair's policy into Europe by voting in favour of commercialising the growing of GM maize.

Commercial growing of GM crops would destroy our ability to produce organic and conventional crops within two years.

The added genes from viruses and bacteria inserted into GM crops can interfere with normal gene co-ordination, mutate, link up to form new organisms etc.

The mutated virus that caused the horrific situation created by foot and mouth disease is evidence of the power of such organisms.

Until the middle of April, GM foods imported into the UK for human and animal feeds will not have been labelled.

The multinational companies have been enabled to patent genes, giving them control over our life forms. These genes can be taken up by the normal bacteria in the human and animal gut, the combination creating an organism of unknown character and effect.

While masses of pro-GM propaganda is being forced on countries around the world, research on human safety is in short supply. Many GM companies also produce the chemical sprays used on these crops so have a double interest in their promotion. Weeds related to the crop species build up resistance to these crops resulting in production and use of more chemicals on our food crops.

It is vital that we remind this Government that it was voted in to address the wishes of the electorate and not these companies.

This Government has got to be stopped from putting monetary interests of companies before the safety issues of the nation's food.

It is up to everyone in this country to oppose this technology by writing to the EU and their MP.

J MacDONALD BSc

Farming and Livestock Concern UKPenlan Fach, Llangain, Carmarthen

SIR - You reported that the UK Government supports GM crops because British farmers will be "at a disadvantage in the event of a ban" (WAG taking time over GM decision, January 10). This begs the question: how can a ban on a potential contaminant that consumers want kept out of their food possibly be a "disadvantage"?

The Welsh Assembly Government's determination to keep Wales GM-free will, of course, be a huge economic advantage to Welsh farmers and the Welsh food industry.

This was recognised in a report by Tony Blair's own Cabinet Office Strategy Unit into the economic impact of growing GM crops. They said "the introduction of GM crops could . . . affect tourism and the potential for rural areas to play a role as non-GM suppliers on the domestic and international agri-food market", and they also said that growing non-GM crops would allow farmers to capitalise on a non-GM "premium".

PETER MELCHETT

Policy Director, The Soil Association