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September 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM
It begs the question
The Times reported that DuPont Pioneer has joined with Monsanto in donating millions of dollars to try to defeat Initiative 522, which would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. [“Agribusinesses give nearly $8 million to campaign against GMO labeling,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 13.]
If the genetically modified grains these companies sell are at least as healthful to consumers as are the non-modified grains, why are they trying to hide the fact that such grains are included in what we eat?
They should be perhaps using those millions to promote their products instead of fighting disclosure, shouldn’t they?
Tom Wingard-Phillips, Seattle
June 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Food stamps are a necessity
As syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. pointed out, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the product of former Sens. Bob Dole and George McGovern because “both were horrified that too many Americans were going without nourishment.” [“Boehner’s House implodes,” Opinion, June 24.]
Every member of Congress should be required to live in the poorest area of the state he or she represents, under the same conditions and with only the resources available to those people, and then see how they would vote on legislation regarding SNAP.
Furthermore, any member of Congress who benefits from a bill should recuse themselves from voting; for example, the farm bill’s subsidies for agribusiness.
Harriet Benjamin, Seattle
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