Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

April 23, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Educate yourself on what you eat

I was pleased to see a commentary in your paper last week about the controversial topic of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, and the chemical giant Monsanto, which is doing everything it can to squash any effort to label these foods in the United States.

There is so much to this story and the related issues of the health and safety of our food supply that should be of concern to all Americans. From issues of chemical residue in foods sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup on GMO corn crops (from Monsanto seed)  to the possible FDA approval of genetically modified salmon, otherwise referred to as “frankenfish,” we’re facing what appears to be a point of no return as to the desecration of our food supply. It is so serious that on May 25 a March Against Monsanto will be observed in 32 countries, including 47 U.S. states, for a total of 232 events. Several countries have recently banned all GMO seeds and foods from being used.  

Consumers need to be aware of what we are putting in our bodies and how it affects our health and well-being. There’s too much to discuss here, but the Internet is a great place to begin. The Organic Consumers Association, Food Democracy Now, Natural News and GMO Free USA are just some of the groups that can provide insight on this issue.

Concerns also should be shared with your representatives in Congress since chemical giants such as Monsanto contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to various lawmakers and have powerful lobbying groups on Capitol Hill to accomplish their financial gain.

As for me, I will continue to educate myself, encourage others to become more aware and enjoy watching my garden grow.

Marcia Salisbury, Ashland

Lindsey Cemetery in need of funds

Spring is in the air and along with spring comes that time of the year for clean up and or upkeep of the Lindsey Cemetery, and we need your help to do so.

What better way to honor your loved ones, but by helping to keep their final resting place looking clean, attractive and comforting? We are starting with a zero balance this year, and with gas prices elevating so much, we are in need of donations.

Any family members interested in helping with the effort of keeping the Lindsey Cemetery clear of clutter and keeping the grass mowed can do so by sending donations to The Lindsey Cemetery Fund, c/o Paul and Ruth Damron, 3826 N. St. Hwy. 7, Grayson, Ky. 41143. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call (606) 474-6194.

Ruth Damron, Lindsey Cemetery Fund, Grayson

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