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November 27, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Restrict the use of unnecessary drugs
Guest columnists David Ramenofsky and Paul Pottinger gave a good accounting of the dangers of antibiotics in livestock and the food chain [“Label meat and dairy from livestock treated with antibiotics,” Opinion, Nov. 25].
We should also be reminded that the deadly bacteria that grows from these animals spread well beyond the feedlot and slaughterhouse.
On top of the food poisoning incidents tied to wholesale and retail meats are the cross-contaminated vegetables and fruit. For instance, cantaloupes, spinach and bean sprouts have been contaminated from a water table infected from nearby livestock operations.
October 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Taste test overlooks
Factory-farmed fish are penned in close quarters, are fed an unnatural diet and treated with antibiotics similar to other factory-farmed animals. But they do get fatter, and a lot of taste comes from fat. [“Farm-raised salmon vs. wild: The gap is closing,” NWWednesday, Oct. 9].
However, fat is the storehouse for all those chemicals, artificial colors and drugs. Large fish farms damage already sensitive ocean ecosystems and transfer diseases to the wild fish population. I will never buy a farmed fish for that reason, and this small article on the taste test overlooks all the reasons that informed consumers might also pass on farmed fish.
Judy Neldam, Duvall
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