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Andrew Purvis, (Food Magazine, 15th May) draws attention to the changing food composition over the last half century. Two other factors played an important role in this disaster.{}

Read more: Observer response: Changing food composition over the last half century.

Some may know that Ireland's forests are practically depleted. There are none of her virgin forests left. Only 9% of Ireland is under forest, and over 94% of that is foreign exotic plantations.

The second thing I want to tell you about is a proposed motorway that is planned to go through the Hill of Tara.{}

Read more: Forestry in Ireland and Tara Motorway Madness

Andrew Purvis (Food Magazine, 15th May) refers to human nutritional physiology having been shaped by wild foods. He is of course dead right; what else could have shaped it?{}

Read more: Observer :Response from Prof Ted Tuddenham 16/05/2005

There was intense media coverage of the catastrophe, as the magnitude of the disaster became known. The total number of people dead may never be known for sure and estimates vary between 150,000 and 250,000. In addition to the loss of life, there has been harm done to peoples' livelihoods and relief efforts are now starting to focus on recovery strategies.{}

Read more: Tsunami: Rebuilding Tourism After Disaster

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