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From the Eastern Daily Press, Friday, May 28, 1999

Make the most of GM food revolution

MARK WEBSTER, Pulham Market.

As the one-sided media-led campaign rages against genetically-modified foods, I am amazed that the organic and green supporters have not seized upon a real opportunity to take on board a new development in food production with environmental benefits which have exciting new opportunities to removal residual weed controls and harmful pesticides, not to mention medical developments.

It appears that a real opportunity to create a more diverse and subsidy-free agriculture with less dependency on winter drilling will be lost and that future technologies and patents will have to be imported from America.

Ever since man left the jungle tree-tops we have been manipulating this planet - roads, vast cities, over-population, greenfield developments, petroleum, supermarkets, cigarettes and motor cars. Surely a significant reduction n the above would be the way forward.

Hormone implants in cattle, which our greens and organics got banned, has recently cost us £250 million in fines, not to mention lost trade with the US.

When Monsanto and the US government finally get fed up with our cranky habits and impose astronomical fines via the World Trade Organisation, who will pay the fines? Hopefully the organics, greens and the rainbow people will stand up and pay the bill.

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