Story last updated at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2002

Questions deserve answers
With November and the gubernatorial elections approaching, I wish to boldly place a new issue on the table. Genetically engineered foods: What are they? Are they safe? What exactly happens to our food when the DNA is spliced? What current testing is being done? How much of our food is actually genetically altered?

Do you know the answers to these questions? A huge majority of our elected government is hoping that we won't ask, and they're not willing to tell us.

As this new gene-splicing act plays itself out, the scarier the facts get. Did you know that there isn't currently one infant formula on the market that is not genetically altered? Not one.

Hopefully, in the near future, genetic engineering will be one of the hot topics of any political debate, whether it be local or national. But until then, the best we can do is educate ourselves and push the topic into the limelight so our elected officials will be forced to listen to the wishes of the people.

Lisa Ruoff

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