Ban­ning plas­tic bags can be a life­saver

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While “other East African na­tions are con­sid­er­ing fol­low­ing suit” (Nairobi feels the force of world’s most dra­co­nian plas­tic bag ban, 26 April), Rwanda banned plas­tic bags in 2008. Plas­tic bags can trap pools of wa­ter which host mos­qui­tos so their ban helps fight malaria.

Alex Mor­ton

Lon­don

In Satur­day’s Feast Ot­tolenghi’s tamarind recipes all call for added sugar, honey or syrup. Meera Sodha adds two ta­ble­spoons of palm sugar to her aubergines. Even the Anna Jones let­tuce recipes ad­vise a method to make them “sweet”. Is this the way to ad­dress an obese na­tion?

Deb­o­rah van der Beek

Chip­pen­ham, Wilt­shire

The gov­ern­ment has pro­posed £50m for gram­mar school places (Re­port, 11 May). Mean­while chil­dren in schools ev­ery­where are de­nied free school meals. The cost per hun­gry child is roughly £11 per week. As a school gover­nor, coun­cil­lor and a ci­ti­zen, I am ashamed.

Cllr Zena Brabazon

Haringey, Lon­don

I’m an­other one who gets turned into a nasty dis­ease (Letters, pas­sim); spell check­ers reg­u­larly con­vert my name to Coeliac.

Celia Bon­ner

Sale, Cheshire

Fund­ing for brain can­cer re­search is over­due (Re­port, 14 May), but a more wide-reach­ing me­mo­rial to Tessa Jow­ell would be to re­verse the fi­nan­cial stran­gu­la­tion of Sure Start.

Fr Ju­lian Dunn

Great Hase­ley, Ox­ford­shire

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