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Forum May 2002 Moths rule. Lynne Warren's article on Joseph Scheer's digital moth prints generated more letters than any other piece in the May issue. Most readers wanted to know how to buy a print. You can get them directlyfrom the artistby contacting him email@example.com. Williard Home Products,a Missouri company that makes mothballs, has already ordered 11 printsfor the office. FOOD How Safe? How Altered? I find it very ironic that the first argument biotech corporations and university researchers use to justify genetically altered food is the great benefit it will bring to people in developing nations. Are we supposed to believe that these new million-dollar food technologies are going to be made available to the poorest of the poor? A more likely scenario is that these foods will be expen sive novelty items in American and European supermarkets. AKEIA BENARD Providence, Rhode Island It should be noted that the so called greedy, evil Monsanto Company did a lot of the research on developing disease resistant sweet potatoes for Afri cans at no cost (at least to the people who use the vegetables). Before we condemn the indus trial agricultural community, we should realize that a lot of profit gets plowed back into useful MEMBERSHIP Please call 1-800 -NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463). Special device for the hearing-impaired (TDD) 1-800 -548-9797. Online: nationalgeographic.com/ngm AOL Keyword: NatGeoMag research, and without that money not a whole lot is going to be accomplished. H. WILLIAMS BARNES Warrington, Pennsylvania You mentioned that Sweden has almost eliminated Salmonella in chicken by improving the clean liness of processing. Why can't we have as good government inspec tion here in the United States? The answer, I believe, lies in the large amounts of money that flow from the chemical and drug companies into the campaign funds of senators and represen tatives. It also appears that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is interested in protecting Mon santo and drug companies in stead of farmers and consumers. AUGUSTIN H. PARKER Marblehead,Maine I raise beef cattle, cotton, and grain on a small family farm in southeast Texas. When slaughter house workers have only a few seconds to process a chicken or complete a step in the slaughter of a steer, naturally mistakes are going to be made, and fecal con tamination is going to be high. Instead of shortening workers' shifts or slowing the processing rate, these companies invest heavily in everything from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * SEPTEMBER 2002 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increaseand diffusion of geographicknowledge." 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