Food prices are being kept high
The average UK household's annual food bill was more than £100 higher in 2012 than in 2011, putting a strain on household budgets.
In poorer countries, where people often spend most of their incomes on food, price rises have an even greater impact, forcing millions to go hungry.
One of the reasons prices have been rising so rapidly is that banks and hedge funds are pouring millions of pounds of speculative money into food futures markets, pushing prices beyond the levels dictated by supply and demand.
Access to food is a basic human right, and banks should not be allowed to play havoc with prices.
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New legislation to limit food speculation is on the table at the EU, but George Osborne and his Treasury colleagues have so far blocked tough controls.
We must demand our politicians put the needs of hungry people, at home and abroad, before the profits of investment banks.
Penny Wakefield, Ellistown.
Would you please make your readers aware of a scam e-mail message regarding a refund from the tax office which I recently received.
I knew it was a scam because:
1: You don't usually have to apply for a tax refund.
2: Payment would not be restricted to one bank.
3: You would never be required to divulge your PIN.
4: HMRC does not sell anything so would not have a head of consumer sales and service.
If anyone receives this message it is important not to open any attachments or divulge your PIN number.
I have notified HMRC via its website but if you can make your readers aware it may save someone from falling foul of this scam.
John Richardson, Countesthorpe.
I would like to express my thanks to Mr Davies and his team and all doctors and nurses on Ward 21 at Leicester Royal Infirmary for the treatment I received during my recent four-week stay in hospital.
You were all wonderful, especially the nursing staff, despite being understaffed and overworked.
David Protheroe, Leicester.