Farmers are no rough diamonds

Jim Diamond’s letter “Farmers are sick of Loony Left disease” (MW April 12) seems to be suffering from, if not mad cow disease, then slightly eccentric correspondent syndrome.

If farmers cut corners to “make a fast buck” in the Eighties (for example by feeding scrapie-infected sheep brains to naturally herbivorous cows) then I for one would attribute part of the blame for the current BSE scandal to them.

Could Jim explain how they are “innocent victims” when they knowingly subverted the food chain? Or are his arguments, unlike his name, merely paste?

Andy Maslen

Marketing director

Euromonitor

London EC1

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