Letters to the Editor

Healthy food available here

Fortunately, for residents of Whidbey Island, we have an answer to the present worries about “Mad Cow” disease. Whidbey's own local grass-fed beef is available in Oak Harbor at Ennens and in Coupeville at the Red Apple. I know there must be additional locations: perhaps other suppliers will respond to this letter.

When Canada announced its single case of BSE earlier this year, the US immediately banned all imports of beef, beef by-products AS WELL AS milk and cheese. Does the USDA know something that we, the consumers, are not being told?

The bottom line is that cattle are vegetarians by nature and have not evolved to be meat eaters. We are doing them, and ourselves, a grave injustice by mass producing cattle and dairy herds to consume protein from meat by-products.

We must be prepared to pay more for food that is grown without pesticides, hormones and antibiotics if we want a natural and healthy source of food for ourselves, our children and our planet.

Peggy and Gordon Burton

Coupeville

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