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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Agriculture
August 6, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Agricultural disasters can be avoided by cutting out meat products

Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste ["Tainted Ohio water coming under increased scrutiny," Nation & World, Aug. 4]. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it might happen again in our own state. The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has…

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Comments | More in Agriculture | Topics: agriculture, animals, Sherman Peters

June 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Skagit Valley berry farm: Limiting housing hurts many low-wage pickers

I am confused by the actions of Skagit Valley berry grower Sakuma Brothers Farms regarding farmworker housing [“Sakuma Brothers berry growers to pay $850,000 settlement,” Local News, June 12]. Newspaper reports credit Steve Sakuma saying that they began offering housing for farmworker families three generations ago as incentive for berry pickers to work…

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Comments | More in Agriculture | Topics: berries, farming, Paul Booker

January 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Farm bill: Cut subsidies to Big Agriculture

I’m glad that Congress has made some headway and compromised for the farm bill [“Q&A: What’s in the trillion-dollar farm bill?” Politics, Jan. 28]. What wasn’t mentioned is that at least 50 billionaires, or businesses in which they had a financial stake, collected farm subsidy direct payments from 1995 to 2012, according to the…

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Comments | More in Agriculture | Topics: Donna Schindler Munro, farm bill, food stamps

November 16, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Farm bill: Changes must be made

Sustainability, community and localness need to be considered Billions of tax dollars are being spent to produce unhealthy sweetener. The purpose of our agricultural subsidies is to ensure the health of the public through the maintaining of a sizable community of farmers growing enough food to feed the rest of the country. This does not require…

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Comments | More in Agriculture | Topics: agriculture, farm bill