Letters to the Editor

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Tag: agriculture

Jan.
15th

LEGISLATURE: Don’t criminalize whistleblowing

I’m glad the ACLU is standing up for our First Amendment rights by opposing House Bill 1104, which would make it illegal to film at agricultural operations without the owner’s consent.

This bill would criminalize whistleblowers on animal factory farms, putting them in jail for up to a year and/or fining them $5,000. If you do the right thing and call out cruelty to animals, you’re fined and go to jail. I could not make this up if I tried.

It’s a ludicrous bill, and I hope our state lawmakers are not foolish enough to pass such an obviously unconstitutional law. It

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Feb.
18th

FOOD: World needs variety of grain options

Re: “Mix of technologies holds promise to feed the world” (TNT, 2-16).

I agree with researcher Mark Rosegrant when he states, “The reality is that no single agricultural technology or farming practice will provide sufficient food for the world in 2050.” However, despite his statement and the study by the Food Policy Research Institute, it seems that only corn, wheat and rice are being researched.

If we want to change global farming practices and provide food for countries with different levels of drought and heat, wouldn’t it be better to look at a variety of grains?

Amaranth, quinoa and

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June
12th

BEES: Understand importance of pollinators

June 17-23 is National Pollinator Week, when honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, wasps, ants, moths and some small mammals are celebrated for providing us with fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Pollinators make the delicious possible. They provide us with oranges, apples, blueberries, almonds, apricots, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, melons, plums, pumpkins and alfalfa, to name a few. Much of the pollination of the U.S. food supply comes from managed pollinators: beekeepers. Sixty percent of beekeepers in the U.S. provide pollination services to American agriculture. It takes one to three hives per acre to pollinate apples.

Beekeepers are an integral part of the

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July
16th

CLIMATE: Potential food crisis looms

A slowly developing crisis is occurring that may overtake health care and jobs as a major issue facing our nation. Regardless of which side of the fence you are on regarding climate change, the record-breaking heat much of the country has felt this summer cannot be ignored.

Some may argue that global warming is only liberal propaganda, or that it is a natural weather cycle and not manmade – and anyone who suggests that a growing population that consumes ever more natural resources and leaves behind an ever larger pollution footprint is the cause for climate change is labeled “chicken

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Jan.
30th

FARMS: Pesticide legislation would be disastrous

We should all be greatly troubled by proposed bills in the state Legislature, SB 6937 and its counterpart HB 2413. If passed they would require half-mile spray buffer restrictions on agriculture from homes, buildings and even “natural persons.”

My family has grown apples in the Yakima Valley for over three decades. We have managed to survive by the grace of God through fallen prices, labor shortages and a constant barrage of government regulation. This proposed legislation is part and parcel to the threat of being regulated out of existence as an American farmer.

If this legislation goes into effect, the

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