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BY DI READERS | MARCH 05, 2013 5:00 AM

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Reply to “Pork Exports Rise” (DI, March 4)

It is good news for livestock producers and the corporations that contract for their hogs that new markets for pork are emerging. This is a great opportunity to ensure that as we increase exports and profits from the meat we produce, we properly manage the discharges of manure and associated pollutants to the air, water, and soil. It is important that these factors not be treated as externalities but rather be included in the price of the pork product to ensure the costs of implementing best practices in manure management are borne by the consumers in China, Korea, Russia, and Japan.

Peter Thorne
UI professor of occupational and environmental health

Right to eat food without genetic engineering

Consumers should have the right to decide what to eat and feed their families, but because of the prevalence of genetically engineered foods, that is sometimes impossible. Yet, Iowa may soon have the power to make that decision a little easier as the newest state of many around the country to introduce legislation to label genetically engineered foods.

As those crops make up the vast majority of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States, many people consume them every day without even knowing it. Independent research has linked consumption of genetically engineered foods to liver and kidney problems, among other health issues. The European Union, along with nearly 50 countries, requires genetically engineered foods to be labeled.  It is absurd that Americans are not given the choice to know what they are consuming.

Food & Water Watch and many other groups around the state are working hard to try to give Iowans the right to know what is in their food. We need Sen. Sandy Greiner, who represents part of Johnson County and sits on the Senate Agriculture Committee, to support this extremely important legislation, Senate File 194, to label genetically engineered foods.

Laura Shorey

Vote for Terry Daums

We write today to urge Johnson County voters to support Terry Dahms for county supervisor.  Over the years, we’ve seen Terry become an experienced leader and a true public servant, from serving on the Trails Advisory Committee to chairing the Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission.  He also guided the Johnson County Democratic Party to victory in the 2012 election.

Most of all, Terry has the right background and personality to serve on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. As a resident of rural Johnson County, he is used to working with diverse groups from across the region, and he will listen to all viewpoints. Terry is a passionate and principled leader and also has a record of seeking consensus whenever possible to move our county forward.

On March 5, we will cast our ballots for Terry Dahms for supervisor, and we strongly urge Johnson County voters to do the same.

Sen. Bob and Sue Dvorsky
Coralville residents

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