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California's drought and the debate over exporting rice
California's drought and the debate over exporting rice

To the editor: It is interesting how David Pierson’s article on U.S. farmers hoping to sell rice to China touches on so many issues. The message overall is that food producers will produce a healthier product when it is economic to do so.  (“Looking to Asia,”  Aug. 24) Unless someone complains about food additives (ractopamine in pork), contamination (insects in the rice?), poor nutritional quality (skim milk) and unwanted modifications (GMO corn), there is little incentive to change. Plus, scant mention was made of the reasonableness of raising a water-intensive crop such as rice in a drought-stricken state. However, just yesterday I bought 20 pounds of...

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