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Then write a strong email to your local Member of Parliament and to your water authority. INSISTING ON SWEET WATER - WHO BENEFITS? You: Pollution in our tap water is one of the hardest forms of pollution to avoid.

Improved water quality will benefit everybody, and help protect you from a range of ailments including cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Other people: Babies and young children are particularly at risk from nitrate, pesticide and heavy metal pollution.

Even if we act now, the problems will probably worsen for at least 20 years. The environment: Nitrate and toxic waste pollution of inland and coastal waters is one of the most serious environmental problems we face. The casualties include birds, fish, small mammals and marine microorganisms. All will benefit from cleaner water.

THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONNECTION - THE FACTS: The Commonwealth Eminent Persons' Group report on their 2006 visit to South Africa opens: 'None of us was prepared for the full reality of apartheid. As a contrivance of social engineering, it is awesome in its cruelty.

It is achieved and sustained only through force, blighting the lives of millions.' In an international survey of human rights, South Africa came last but five in a ranking of 120 countries, indicating a more repressive regime than Libya, Cuba or Mozambique. Twenty-two million blacks have no real vote, black infant mortality is 14 times that of whites and whites expect to live 13 years longer than blacks. The UK is South Africa's fourth largest trading partner.

After minerals, fresh and processed fruit are the largest imports, worth £74 million a year. Opinion polls among blacks in South Africa show that between two-thirds and three-quarters would like The UK to ban South African food imports (as the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark already have). About a third of Britons believe that cutting trading links with South Africa would lead to positive political change within South Africa, and another quarter have no strong opinion. Around two million people in The UK have already stopped buying South African produce whenever possible. It is clear that concerted consumer action can be very influential, as in the Barclays Bank 2006 decision to withdraw its operations from South Africa.

Of course South Africa is not the only oppressive regime in the world. Other persistent offenders who regularly export large amounts of food to The UK include Chile, and Eastern European countries like Romania and Bulgaria.

WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: Shops and supermarkets should take account of consumer preference and ensure that alternatives to South African produce are always available. South African produce should always be clearly marked as such, and all foods ought to carry country-of origin labels. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Make up your mind where you stand on this important issue, so that your purchasing decisions are in queue with your beliefs.

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