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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

GMO dangers

EDITOR: Mounting scientific evidence indeed tells us that at least some genetically modified organisms are unsafe for consumption, do not increase yields and have led to a nationwide explosion in the use of pesticides and herbicides and associated superweeds and superbugs. Unfortunately, you wouldn't know any of that by reading yet another ill-researched, pro-GMO piece in The Press Democrat (“States considering labels for GMOs,” Thursday).

It's disappointing that instead of supporting local organic farmers providing us with delicious, naturally-grown food, The Press Democrat chooses to regularly defend GMOs and the handful of global pesticide industry giants that benefit from the sale of their unlabeled products.

TOM FENDLEY

Santa Rosa

Peacekeeper in action

EDITOR: Have you seen the story of the Rosenberg, Texas police officer who, while driving through an apartment complex, saw a disconsolate boy with a football and no one to play with? The officer stopped and made the universal “throw the ball” sign, the youth brightened up, and they had several tosses until the officer had to continue his patrol. That attitude — being part of the peacekeeping forces rather than being out amongst the enemy — is what we need in our peace officers.

WEEDY TUHTANJOSEPH

Sebastopol

Pets, not meals

EDITOR: Michele Anna Jordan wants people to get past their aversion to eating bunnies so the Osman family can breed, kill and sell more rabbits (“OZ Farm good source for rabbit,” Wednesday). But it is natural to feel revulsion at animals being killed — especially when rabbits, like cats and dogs, are home companions to many people.

Feeling squeamish in the face of cruelty is a sign of evolving consciousness. Rabbits are adorable, sociable, friendly and affectionate. It is good to feel bad when someone bashes in their heads or suffocates them or snaps their necks and sells them for “calorie-saving meat.”

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