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Gene manipulation

By Staff | Jan 4, 2013

To the editor,

After reading David Kruse’s harangue on GMOs saving the world from hunger (Dec. 21 issue), I must respond.

A year ago, my son and I attended a field day near Osage, where the yields of conventional corn was just as good as Kruse’s.

The speakers that day told about he dangers of glyphosate build-up in soils, since the herbicide does not degrade; and also of improvements to the health of dairy cows and farm laborers’ in North Africa when a dairyman set conventional farming aside for non-GMO row cropping and feeding non-GMO grain.

In his column last week, Bob Streit told of the researcher who left her wheelchair, put there by farm chemical exposure, after she researched the diets of hunter-gatherers.

If corporate gene manipulations are allowed to continue, the farmer faces a dismal future.

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