School promotion leaves a bad taste;Letter

26th February 1999 at 00:00
POCKLINGTON head Geoff Bower is obviously green in more sense than one (TES, February 12).

A food firm approached him "offering to run a free promotion" and he was delighted. Not only did he allow the firm to advertise directly to the children, he even approves swimming voucher bribery.

He thought it would be a good thing as most pupils are only interested in "chips, chips, chips". One wonders if he assumed that chips eaten with vegetarian food are qualitively different from those with meat. One also wonders if he sought parents' consent before allowing children to be bribed into eating genetically- modified food as the soya included in the products is likely to include genetically-modified beans.

I am not opposed to vegetarian options. I am vehemently opposed to children being exposed to high-pressure salesmanship in schools Gillian Clayton

29 Winfield

Newent, Gloucestershire

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