Readers denied information
4:00pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in Letters
REGULATION of the press by government would be a bad thing, but censorship by newspaper owners already happens.
The downside of this is that that readers are denied accurate, reliable information about some very important issues. For example the extreme weather of recent years is precisely what the majority of climate scientists say is the result of global warming. Perhaps the most severe consequence of this climate change is the effect on the world’s ability to feed itself. Yet this subject gets very little coverage. In Britain we have had extreme flooding. Russia and parts of the USA have experienced severe droughts and scorching temperatures.
These events have led to withered crops and cattle dying in tens of thousands. The result is higher food prices which will be devastating for the 3 billion people living on less than $2 a day. The situation is made worse by speculation in crops, land grabbing by rich nations and the use of arable land to grow bio-fuel crops. Choices will have to be made – food or fuel? Increasing food shortages are a terrifying prospect, but we find very little of this in the mass media.
Pippa Bartolotti, Yewberry Lane, Newport