Bee cartoon dismays reader
I have been employed by agriculture most of my adult life. I currently own and operate a feed store. I regularly read the Capital Press. I was totally dismayed by the cartoon on the editorial page of the June 28 issue.
A man in beekeeper's garb is depicted spraying a bee-like insect labeled GMO hater while asking what the insect has done to feed the world. The answer is pollinate.
The accompanying editorial supporting GMO fails to mention that seed modified to resist insects (such as Bt) is potentially deadly to pollinators.
In that light, and considering the recent bee killings in Wilsonville and Hillsboro, the cartoon and editorial are insensitive and offensive.
Questions surround sewage
In regard to the report by soil scientists and the other researchers from Washington State University on the controversial practice of applying sewage as fertilizer on wheat fields (June 21, 2013), I'm confused by the conclusion that people manure is not very different from animal manure.
Pathogens are not an issue now, but could they be a potential future issue? Farmers would need to post notification for a year that biosolids were applied to the field to avoid the risk of someone's dog rolling in it while out hunting. What about children's pets? Or birds taking "dust baths" in it and washing it off in a bird bath? Or rodents burrowing in it, then setting up resident nests near homes?
Will the public be notified immediately when the potential issue of pathogens are present? Are we to believe that heavy rains do not wash the product into ditches and streams? Can we really believe that pathogens are not already present in human waste?
I was encouraged to read WSU scientists were weighing in on this practice but I'm left with even more questions.
So I will continue to say, "God grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change ... Courage to change what I can ... and the wisdom to know the difference."
Flora E. Weimerskirch
Coulee City, Wash.