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8/17/2013 7:21:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Story on organic farming sheds light on important debate

Katlyn Rumbold’s article on organic farmers (NewsTribune, Aug. 11) shines a light on an important debate taking place across Illinois fields and grocery aisles.
As Colleen Yucus, an organic farmer in Ohio, Ill., noted, grocery stores have been facing increasing demand for organic products. Consumers want the right to know whether the food they are buying has been genetically engineered or not and producers now have a powerful legislative opportunity to respond to this demand.
The state Senate is considering a bill sponsored by Sen. David Koehler (SB1666) that would require genetically engineered (GE) foods to be labeled. The first of three Senate hearings on the topic took place on June 20 in Normal, Ill, with more than 200 supporters in attendance. The final hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17 in Chicago.
The bill is not a ban. It is a simple, reasonable demand for the freedom to choose what we eat. A New York Times poll just released July 27 found that 93 percent of respondents were in favor of a mandatory label for genetically engineered food.
If you support GE food, you will be given the option to scout the cereal aisle for the “genetically engineered” section. If you are skeptical, a label will allow you to avoid them. All we ask for is information.
The next Senate hearing on labeling for genetically engineered foods will be Sept. 17 in the Michael Bilandic building, Chicago. The hearing is open to the public and will start at 10 a.m.

 Eve Zuckerman,
Food & Water Watch intern

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Yes ! Sure!, OK! You are right. All we need is a free market and a reason why Christ was crucified.
Oh, and organic farming and a another dust bowl and lets restore the great rift valley.
AW!!!! Good bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

Poverty and hunger are real, in every country. No one is denying that, and to imply that anyone does, is inaccurate and untrue.

Mother Nature can feed her people, without chemicals or genetically engineered seed. Water and nutritious food is found everywhere, as evidenced by the well-fed people in the Arabian dessert.

The difference is monetary wealth.

Poverty and starvation has been promoted through political power struggles and greed. African leaders hoard grain and let their people starve.

GMO will not save them.

American farmers destroyed the family farms in Haiti and waged a trade war to subsidize US products. Truth.

GM crops failed in India, creating famine and suicide. Truth.

You can believe that science will equalize food availability and quality. In example after example, it has done the opposite.

Chemical and GM companies are in the business for profit and control of the marketplace.

Otherwise they would be giving their products away for free right here in Illinois.

If they REALLY wanted to conquer hunger, we would have much different observed results.

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Helping starving children in their own land is sure better than an over weight westerner telling them that they are not hungry, just their overactive mind.
From some of your info on most articles
U comment on One could say U, by quoting all those URL that U are the one spouting corporate propaganda.
As far as organic farming, why it might be good if one could only find a country standard, Good luck finding a standard from county to county. Just ain't there.
There isn't a better example of organic farming that on the African and Asian cont.

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

GE crops have not been proven to be more effective in drought, nor have they been proven to be more plentiful to avoid hunger.

The opposite is actually true. In country after country, and even in our own state of Hawaii, I have personally observed the opposite. The internet information backs up experience with observed objective data, NOT produced by the very companies who are selling the chemicals.

Taking a heaping spoonful of RoundUp with my cornflakes is not my idea of a healthy diet.
I eat little meat, rarely, and enjoy it when I do, with respect and gratitude given to the animal and all who brought it to my table.

Please speak to the farmers in other areas who have REAL experience with organic farming. There are extensive farms in the west that are producing healthful mindful harvests to healthier, more satisfied people.

Starvation is truthfully more political than natural. I have read many books, including "The Third Freedom, Ending Hunger in Our Time," by George McGovern, which explains in detail why there are staving people in the world.

Please expand your views and look for information outside of the corporate and media propaganda.

The information and REAL experience is there.

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

One can really never argue effectively with stupid, Ron. After all, ME has the internet on his side.
In bygone times if one argued for new tec. the catholic church would more than likely burn U at the stake.
Christian sects refuse to believe in eve.. It is decried across the South.
Deserts across the glob are expanding and ice caps are melting, oceans are rising and fresh, clean water is becoming something most people around the world have only heard of but never drank.
and people in the U. S. refuse to admit that there is a problem, people such as( M, E. ).
Two thirds of the U. S. suffer from extreme drought. Grass lands are burning up and drying up and GE is said to be a bad thing
by many, and it only takes one or two crazies to move the masses. Better than 80% of the world live in poverty wit an income of less than $2.00 a day.
In many areas of the world the consumption of meat is rare, once or twice a year.
Grass and grain is used to feed humans and not animals.
Only in the U.S would a hundred acres of land be used to raise a cow to feed a family of four for a months instead of grain to feed many for a year.
While the original article is not about outlawing GE, the movement is still strong in this country and is used as an excuse in a few foreign countries to selectively control imports.
The time for GE is now as the need is great.
Only in the U. S. and a few western countries is the number of fat behinds exceeding the number of normal ones.
A full belly and satisfied hunger always will try to tell the starving that God will take care of them.
Witness ME
If all, truly go to true organic farming, then only the one percent of the world will live and then they too will die as there will be no one left to do the work.

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