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November 14, 1999
The bipartisan bill to give amnesty to half a million illegal immigrants to satisfy the agribusiness lobby is proof, if more was needed, that "soft money" is corrupting our political system ["Farm Worker Amnesty Measure to Be Introduced," Oct. 27]. IAN ROBERTS San Francisco
June 24, 2001
Until the FDA develops a reliable test and conducts a thorough investigation, we will never know whether or not this genetically engineered corn causes allergies ["Testing Finds No Link Between Gene-Modified Corn, Illnesses," June 14]. The government must not cave in to pressure from agribusiness to approve StarLink-contaminated foods on supermarket shelves. Bill Freese Health and Environment Program Friends of the Earth Washington
September 28, 2005
I was dismayed to find a recipe for veal ["The Vitello of Her Dreams," Sept. 21] in the same issue that featured Deborah Koons Garcia pointing out the ways agribusiness tampers with food ["Don't Eat This Movie"]. Torturing baby animals simply because some people like the taste is, in my opinion, no different than business tampering with the food supply because they have a taste for money. E. JOY OAKES Los Angeles
April 14, 1990
Your story on the continuing drought and its threat to our lifestyles stressed conservation by urban and suburban users. You failed to mention California's scandalous agricultural water waste. Where federal and state subsidies (that's us) deliver water to agribusiness at 1/100 of the unit cost the rest of us pay, there is only incentive to waste. Daytime above-ground sprinkling wastes 25% of its output through evaporation, overflowing irrigation ditches and leaking pipes are more costly to fix than the water they lose and, worst of all, water-greedy crops we don't need soak up the water that the rest of us require.
February 3, 2006
I was surprised that in the recent series on the United Farm Workers (Jan. 8-11), The Times did not interview any of the many legislators with whom the UFW has worked over the years. As a result of the UFW's work and the legislative battles it has fought, California's farmworkers have won pesticide protections, farm labor contractor reforms, elimination of backbreaking hand weeding, binding mediation of labor disputes and improved healthcare. Last year, the UFW won for California's workers the right to paid breaks, shade and cool drinking water to recover from the effects of working in the heat.
October 10, 1995
Re: Elton Gallegly's, Column Right, "Don't Apply a Band-Aid." President Clinton applied the Band-Aid, but Gov. Pete Wilson and the state's "pet" industries created the open wound. I assume that Gallegly must know the governor's record of pushing for legislation that opened the borders to immigrants, urging immigration authorities to stop raids on California companies and easing the entry of foreign farm workers to ensure a steady supply of cheap labor for California's agribusiness.
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