In response to "Numerology" (July 15):
Where do cars come from? Why, they just oozed up out of the pavement, of course. What's that you say? Preposterous? Odds too high? Evidence stacked against it? No problemo! Cars exist, therefore it happened! Voilà! Proof. — Art Hedberg, Medford
There are environmental consequences of letting laborator-made genetically modified crops loose into the environment. Many GM crops have been made to resist multiple applications of herbicides such as Roundup. These crops can become weeds when they escape into other areas.
One experimental Roundup-resistant bent grass (originally invented for use on golf courses), has escaped from where it was experimentally grown, and has spread and become a noxious weed in the Willamette Valley. Because it is Roundup resistant, it is not easily controlled. It is only a matter of time before it finds its way into the Rogue Valley and becomes a weed problem here.
Herbicide resistance of escaped crops is just one of the unintended consequences of growing GM plants. We should just say no to the growing of GM crops here in the Rogue Valley.
I'm voting yes next May 2014 on Measure 15-119. A yes vote on Measure 15-119 will keep GM crops out of the Rogue Valley. Better safe now than sorry later. — Donna Breedlove, Medford
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Anyone living with ALS is welcome to contact me for information about our free services, medical equipment loans and support groups. As the services coordinator for Southern Oregon, I assist many remarkable people every day who strive to have a full life while living with ALS. Their loved ones and friends often need information and guidance in providing support.
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Syngenta Corp., a Swiss biotechnology company, has planted genetically modified sugar beets on plots of land throughout the valley. Ironically, Syngenta can't legally grow GM seeds back in its home country, so it has set up growing fields here. That giant corporation has moved in unannounced and secretly planted a laboratory-made crop that will spread industrial contamination in the form of GM gene-carrying pollen.
This introduction of GM crops has pitted local farmers against powerful outside interests. Recently, unknown people pulled up some of those GM beets in two night raids. I fear that vandalism could escalate into violence if farmers are left to fend for themselves.
We need a law to control agricultural seed and seed products in the Rogue Valley. What we need is local regulation. Lets keep out politically powerful corporations that profit from GM seeds who would squash the rights of small family farmers here in the Rogue Valley.
Lets vote yes on measure 15-119 on the May 2014 ballot. We deserve to have local control and not corporate control of our local agriculture. — Cecile Poletti, Ashland