Letters to the editor

hough strong relations with the US are certainly important, they cannot come at the cost of food security for our poor.

By: Express News Service | Published: August 1, 2014 12:21 am

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Questions remain
THIS refers to the editorial ‘Say yes to trials’ (IE, July 31). Genetically modified crops are in the news once again. While the editorial suggests field trials should be allowed, I beg to differ. I especially disagree with the assertion that trials are being held back purely due to the pressure being exerted from certain ideologues. The opposition is mainly because there are still doubts about the safety of GM crops. There is no denying the fact that genetic modification is not yet universally accepted. It is no good to rush into the cultivation of new categories of pest-resistant seeds. There are still too many unanswered questions. If GM technology is permitted, it will result in multinational, monopolistic seed companies benefiting. The pollen from GM-trial crops could contaminate non-GM varieties. More laboratory research is needed before a call can be taken.
— B.N. Anand
Mohali

Bargaining chip
THIS refers to ‘The real threat to WTO’ by Sanjaya Baru (IE, July 31). The writer is absolutely right in saying China, not India, might be the real target of the West’s actions at the WTO. But India is certainly right in its position given that it has not received any assurances from the US. Particularly in the backdrop of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks, this is not alright. It would be tough to implement the food security act in the future unless we make some headway on renegotiating the agreement on agriculture. Though strong relations with the US are certainly important, they cannot come at the cost of food security for our poor.
— Krupa Bhandari
Mumbai

Farewell, Kallis
THE world’s greatest all-rounder has hanged his boots up — Jacques Kallis has bid goodbye to international cricket. Runs, tons and wickets were his forte, and he was the most feared cricketer the world has ever witnessed. His batting skills could match the best of the best, including Sachin Tendulkar, and his fiery bowling shamed the most talented batsmen. His all-rounder status is clear from his career statistics. Though Kallis never hogged the headlines and was modest, his feats were phenomenal. Cricket lovers across the globe salute him for entertaining them over the last two decades. The vacuum created by his exit will be hard to fill. Well played, Jacques Kallis.
— S.N. Kabra
Mumbai

Glasgow glory
THIS refers to ‘Lifting the cloud’ ( IE, July 31). It is heartening to see our excellent showing in the ongoing Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Indian contingent in general, and weightlifters in particular, have done really well so far.
— Amit Verma
Bareilly

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