With regards to Jonathan Brace’s letter (British Baker, April 27, pg 6), my book Bread Matters presents recent scientific research, which suggests that modern bread is based on wheat of declining nutritive value, processed in ways that make it less digestible than it could be.This should be either refuted or confirmed by joint industry research into the effects of different baking ingredients and methods.Until then, the attempt to mask industrial bread’s declining value by selective additions of synthetic nutrients is, at best, disingenuous. It verges on cynical manipulation when the mendacious notion of ’clean label’ is used to describe bread in which declared additives have been replaced by undeclared enzymes.Legal it may be – for the time being – but ethical trading it most certainly is not to deny those most concerned with eating healthy food the truth about what is really in it.I don’t dispute the industry’s efficiency and, having run a bakery for 25 years, I am well aware of market forces. With per capita bread consumption in long-term decline, suggesting reasons why modern bread doesn’t agree with so many people could hardly be called “scaremongering”.It is not “the whole milling and baking industry” that I criticise – simply its reluctance to deal honestly with disturbing evidence about its materials and techniques. Those who have nothing to hide have no need to be scared.Andrew Whitley, Bread Matters, Cumbria
Kingston’s Under-15 cricket team lifted the 2015 Kingston Wharves Under-15 crown last Friday after they defeated defending champions St Elizabeth by 59 runs at Sabina Park.As Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) celebrates its 70th anniversary and 26 years as title sponsors of the competition, Kingston have achieved what could be considered a memorable victory.Scores: Kingston, 171 for nine in their allotted 40 overs; St Elizabeth, 112 all out. George Seymour led the way for Kingston with 50 not out while Razzaq Williams scored 48.In the bowling department, Rajiv Redhi bagged 4 for 26 from eight overs. He was supported by Matthew Comrie, 2-for 10, and Akeem Malcolm, 2-for 27.Joseph Simpson, 20, and Joshua Watson, 16, top-scored for St Elizabeth, while Roberto Simpson took three wickets for 14 runs and Romario Moxam, two for 28.”We went to the final last year with the same team and lost by one run. It was a big disappointment for most of us to lose a competition by one run, so to come back this year and do it all over with the same team is wonderful,” said Kingston’s coach Marlon Ramdeen.St Elizabeth’s coach, Tedroy Bromfield, bemoaned his team’s poor fielding and bowling.TOO MANY EXTRAS”We had too many extras – 40. The boys didn’t maintain their discipline and dropped some catches, so we let ourselves down by not doing the basics right,” Bromfield said.Mark Williams, chief operating officer of KWL, lauded the young cricketers.”Young men, this is your starting ground. All the big-named players – Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, even Stafanie Taylor – they all came through Kingston Wharves Under-15, so you are having a good launching pad,” he said.Kingston Wharves awarded four cash bursaries to the most valuable players from the four semi-finalists, and their total sponsorship package is worth approximately $5 million annually.