My blog yesterday on over-population and food production produced quite a response - and I am always pleased to receive comments on what I write.
One astute observer of world events submitted her thoughts to me by e-mail, and I am reproducing them here so that all readers can share in them too.
“Mr Beddington's comments will be music in the ears of those companies producing GM seeds and their investors.
Meanwhile, in the US a growing number of people had enough of the food "industry" and joined forces in private local food clubs to buy untainted, unprocessed food ... for example they sign an agreement with a farmer to share a cow or goat and get its milk or they commit to buy what the farmer grows based on organic holistic principles.
From Russia, a Spirit-led initiative (The Riniging Cedars) for family communities is spreading globally that promotes each family having a garden to grow their own food and use what they don't need for barter trade with other families.
And in my neighbourhood in London I observe the sprouting (pun intended!) plot-shares and a replanting of the apple orchard in my local park.
Lots of reason for hope and a bright vision that harmony between humans and their fellow earthlings in the plant, animal and mineral kingdom will be restored!
It is heartening to hear such stories of communities working together from a shared ethos of simple co-operation with nature and each other. I am sure there are many more. In the end, while governments may talk of The Big Society and similar centre-led initiatives - excellent in their own way - it is up to each of us to put into practice what we believe.