It is easy for city folk to throw stones at the agriculture farm bill [“Cut subsidies to Big Agriculture,” Northwest Voices, Jan. 31). I grew up farming in Illinois and still have a very small farm in Quincy, Ill. Who it should affect, and the contents of the farm bill, can be debated many…More
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Split the food stamps and the farm program
I agree with Froma Harrop, “let’s split the food stamps and the farm program” [“The last farm bill? Opinion, Nov. 17].
A commercial experiment Much has been written, largely by opponents of I-522, arguing that there is, as of now, no measurable difference in the nutritional value of genetically modified foods compared to organic foods. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 5.] This is a red herring. The real issue is whether or…More
Contributors pursue economic self-interest The article on the Initiative 522 campaign states that a total of eight donors have contributed $11.6 million to the NO on I- 522, with Monsanto throwing in $4.8 million and DuPont Pioneer $3.4 million. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 25.] These two companies are heavily invested in…More
Priorities I am definitely against the idea of putting something in my body from companies that won’t bother to tell me what was involved in the genetic alteration of their crops. [“Monsanto gives $4.6M to foes of GMO labeling,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 11.] However, the whole point of Initiative 522 is not to ban genetically modified…More
King County is taking action With one in five students in King County overweight or obese, we agree with Marilyn McKenna’s concern that having healthy foods in schools is a critical component to addressing the childhood obesity epidemic. [“Guest column: Curbing childhood obesity starts with school lunches,” Opinion, Aug. 14.] Six school districts with high obesity…More
GMOs are poison Reporter Melissa Allison missed the most important point regarding foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs): the health risks. [“On voters’ plates: genetically engineered crops,” page one, Aug. 11.] Independent, long-term feeding trials on laboratory animals fed genetically engineered foods show serious health effects: tumors, low birth weight and shortened life spans. GMOs are nothing…More
We have a right to know The recent article regarding the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) failed to mention that genetically engineered crops require more of Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, because the weeds it is supposed to kill have become resistant to it and have turned into super weeds, requiring more of the…More
Trusting scientists I can’t help thinking, as I read about whether we should label genetically modified foods, that the unacknowledged elephant in the room is trust. [“On voters’ plates: genetically engineered crops,” page one, Aug. 11.] The scientific community seems frustrated that the public is unwilling to trust the experts about the safety of genetically modified…More
Glyphosate is harmful The Seattle Times article on genetically engineered crops was informative, but it leaves out one of the crucial points of labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs). [“On voters’ plates: genetically engineered crops,” page one, Aug. 11.] One benefit to farmers in raising GMO crops is that it allows farmers to saturate their crops…More