Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: FOOD

Sep.
24th

FOOD: Stop rewarding harm-causing industries

Re: “We can ill afford to live in a ‘post-antibiotic’ world” (editorial, 9-22).

The editorial rightly alerts readers to the increasing problem of superbugs that pose threats to fighting infections. Your editorial reports the Center for Disease Control’s message that 70 percent of antibiotics used in the U.S. today are used in bulking up animals for human consumption – to increase profits of pharmaceutical industries and large-scale animal industries.

I agree that Congress is unwilling to legislate lower amounts of antibiotics in farm animals. Your suggestion for the “average person” is that we stop asking our doctors for unnecessary

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Sep.
23rd

FOOD: GMO labeling just provides information

Re: “Battle over GMO labeling heating up” (TNT, 9-22).

Maybe genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe for consuming, maybe not. Regardless, I’d like to know what I am eating. I’d like to have the information.

Approval of Initiative 522 does not mean that products must be removed from the market. Voting for labeling GMO ingredients just means we will be given the information.

We live in a country that stands up for freedom. I’d like the freedom to extend to knowing what is in the food I eat. A vote for I-522 makes sense to me.

Sep.
23rd

FOOD: Science argues against GMO crops

Re: “Battle over GMO labeling heating up” (TNT, 9-22).

The article states that the campaign supporting Initiative 522 is steering away from talking about the science of genetically modified organisms (GMO). So I will talk science about GMO crops.

• GMO crops are not allowed in Europe, which is harming the American farmer. American crops are not allowed to be sold in the 64 countries that have labeling laws, yet America has none.

• The most common GMO crops are patented seeds that are “Roundup Ready.” These plants are tolerant of Monsanto’s Roundup berbicide.

•  Research in the journal

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Sep.
23rd

FOOD: Avoid ‘superbugs’ by eschewing meat

Re: “We can ill afford to live in a ‘post-antibiotic’ world” (editorial, 9-22).

The editorial details an accelerating rise in harder-to-kill bad bacteria in large part due to the increased use of antibiotics in farm animal feedlots. It suggests ways the average person can fight the rise of “superbugs.”

The editorial missed a big safety measure we each easily can do right now: Quit eating so much unhealthy meat polluted with antibiotics and growth hormones. Switching to a plant-based diet has been proven to prolong and increase the quality of our lives. For our own safety, take more care

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Sep.
3rd

FOOD: I-522 is about our right to know

Re: “Voters should reject very flawed Initiative 522″ (letter, 9-1).

The letter advising people to vote no on the genetically modified food labeling initiative merits response. I-522 speaks directly to our right to know what we are consuming. Yes, it is a question of safety and there is more than enough evidence to indicate GMOs aren’t safe.

I want to call attention to a “statistic” the writer used – the one about those “440 peer-reviewed scientific studies” he claims as proof that GMOs are safe.

If the writer had actually read them instead of just pulling that “statistic” off a

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May
30th

FOOD: There’s a reason GMO crops are being banned

Re: “Let the market decide on bioengineered crops” (TNT, 5-29).

Genetically modified foods have been linked to gastrointestinal problems, neurological problems, arthritis and obesity. Most of the developed world has banned GMOs – the European Union, Russia and China, to name a few. Countries are destroying GMO crops and not accepting new crops.

Not in the U.S. The Department of Agriculture says they are fine. But can the USDA be trusted of does it have a conflict of interest? Michael Tayler, head of food safety at USDA, is a former Monsanto lawyer. Thirty members of Congress hold stock in

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March
6th

FOOD: The consequences of soy

The food industry has made the population believe that soy is a miracle food, but soy is not as consequence-free as one would think. There are estrogen-like hormones in soybeans that ward off heart disease and sustains bone mass, but also increase the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. By consuming large amounts of soy, these symptoms can occur.

This is especially concerning for infants who are fed soy-based formula and consume 10 times the amount that adults do. The majority of soy is genetically modified, and 70 percent of all food products in supermarkets contain genetically modified soy.

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