13 April 2000
Staff quit over tomato feng shui

THE decision by one of Britains biggest tomato growers to improve tomato production by using feng shui has led to resignations among the staff.

Two nurserymen walked out, claiming the ancient oriental art of channelling energy flows was against their religious beliefs.

Martin Kelly, 45, a Baptist Sunday-school teacher, said he could not be associated with an employer who put faith in ungodly belief.

Mr Kelly said his son, Paul 20, also a Baptist, had made his own decision to leave.

Alan Parker, a director at Arreton Valley Nurseries, where Mr Kelly worked, said he was “staggered” by their resignations.

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art and not at all irreligious.”