At the end of last year I set up a discussion forum on my website on the question of GMOs. I wanted to encourage wider public debate about what I see as a fundamental issue and one which affects each and every one of us, and future generations.
It is with great pride that, as Prince of Wales, I welcome the opening of the National Assembly for Wales. This body is the modern expression of the spirit of Wales that has flourished through the centuries like a grand and sturdy tree.
To my mind, the most significant change has been the growing acceptance by sections of the orthodox medical and caring community of this approach - which combines the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of healing. It is a tremendous tribute to everyone here that there is a growing acknowledgement of this more rounded approach and we need to continue to build on this achievement.
You don't have to have grand plans and big architectural teams to tackle these buildings. Small sums of money can provide enormous leverage and once a project gets underway new opportunities arise. Growth can be organic.
Only last month the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, published a list of prestigious sites to be recommended for world heritage status. If these submissions are accepted by UNESCO, then some of this country's finest historic mills, factories, docks and public buildings will share the status of the Pyramids.
We are what we build (as we are what we eat!)
And that leads me to what is - I believe - a very important point. There is no doubt that the public wants the NHS. But that desire alone will not secure the future of the NHS. People, not taxes, run our health service. Many of you here, I know, are working incredibly long hours, doing difficult, demanding jobs, in uncomfortable situations. Many of you are carrying out critical tasks for a fraction of what you could earn if you were to take jobs outside the NHS.
The demand for organic food is growing at a remarkable rate.
I happen to feel deeply concerned about the plight that many of these smaller livestock farmers, in particular, are having to endure.
'Men come together to live. They remain together in cities to enjoy the good life.' Aristotle was right more than 2,000 years ago - and the centuries have not eroded his wisdom.