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Ban genetically modified crops on Bainbridge Island | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

March 22, 2014 · 11:06 AM
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To the editor:

Good article today in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday about China blocking shipments of genetically modified corn from the US. Japan, New Zealand, parts of Australia, and of course most of Europe are fighting the good fight against GM0s.

Why not Bainbridge? We blah, blah, blah here about sustainability, but so little is grown on island except scrub trees. We have too many fields that are disappearing. If we got together and banned GM seeds on the island, we could jumpstart organic agriculture here.

San Juan County has banned GM farming as have Marin and Mendocino counties in California; Boulder has a moratorium on GMOs and Los Angeles is proposing a ban.

Most of the corn, soybeans and sugar beet crops in the U.S. are now genetically modified. We are poisoning ourselves, our livestock, and polluting our water supplies; our bees and butterflies are dying off from contact with these crops; and yet our rapacious politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, buoyed by campaign contributions do little or nothing to help. We can start here by banning genetically modified crops on Bainbridge.

TOM GOLON

Point Monroe


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