Editor's note: A letter appeared in Sunday's paper with the wrong name attached. Here are the two letters with the correct writers' names:
I just read a piece by Sen. Herman Baertschiger in the March 24 Mail Tribune regarding Senate Bill 633, which would give the state GMO regulatory control. This legislation is on the wrong side of where we will eventually go as the U.S. begins to understand why our population is getting sicker from the foods we eat.
Organic, non-GMO food is one of the fastest growing sectors in food economy. Our state already has a reputation as a healthy place to live. We should be an example to the rest of the country by banning GMO crops in Oregon.
At the very least, allow counties to regulate themselves to protect organic crops from contamination locally. Large-scale GMO farming eventually depletes the soil for our future farmers. Our legislators should think long term and not be persuaded by contributions from interest groups that want SB 633 passed.
People are being used in a GMO-food experiment with devastating consequences. Let's let Oregon be the place where real food is on the table. — Claudia Little, BSN, MPH, Ashland
Just say no to Ron Bjork and Bob Crouse! Just because these two guys have not seen any harmful effects of GMOs doesn't mean anything except that they support Big Ag and biotech giants.
And they have little regard for real food and the thousands of years that we have grown and survived on natural ways of growing food and cultivating the land so that we can sustain it for many thousands of years to come. Bob Crouse says RoundUp doesn't do much harm — he is seriously misinformed and doesn't study soil microbiology.
Jackson County and Southern Oregon are exceptional areas for growing safe and healthy foods. I pray that Amy's Kitchen and all of her friends and supporters keep up their good fight to preserve the bounty that Mother Earth has bestowed on us to nourish and preserve for future generations. God help us! — L. Sekreta, Medford