Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 27, 2011 7:20 AM

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Make sure 'organic' food is organic

In 1997, President Bill Clinton wanted all organic farms and processors to be tested to ensure they were really organic. The American Consumers Union supported Clinton because more than 25 percent of the certified-organic food sold at the time contained unacceptable levels of prohibited substances.

This was before "box" stores started importing billions of dollars' worth "organic" products from places such as China on a monthly basis. Organic field testing costs one-tenth what the current paper-ladened system costs. So many are wondering why the U.S. Department of Agriculture is only planning to finally begin testing 5 percent of applicants. Why not all of them? And why won't any testing be done in China?

Believe me, there's a reason "organic" food is being served at the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Mischa Popoff
author of Is it Organic?

Matt Hayek: an effective leader

Being an effective leader in city government requires a variety of talents and skills. The ability to listen carefully in order to make thoughtful decisions is a necessity. This is what Matt Hayek does. As an Iowa City resident who frequents City Council meetings, I've observed numerous ways that Matt Hayek demonstrates his strong leadership.

As a resident of southeastern Iowa City, I appreciate strong commitment to our Iowa City neighborhoods. An example of that commitment is his support of the new model for the placement of affordable housing within Iowa City. Our community is a better place because of his leadership.

Cindy Roberts
Iowa City resident

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