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ADVICE & DISSENT.

LETTERS FROM OUR READERS

SUBTRACTING POINTS

In "Business Savvy" you listed Johnson & Johnson in your "Points for Trying" sidebar (cover story, July/August 2000). Were you aware that this company is still doing animal testing on its cosmetic and health care lines? While I understand your focus is on the environment, as is mine, I question a pat on the back for a company that is causing so much pain, misery and death to helpless animals. Please reconsider any recommendations of this company and any others that are still using unnecessary methods of animal testing for their products.

Kayleen G. Plamondon Clackamas, OR

SMART BUY?

The article "Brain Food" (Eating Right, July/August 2000) reminded me of a study conducted by Consumer Reports a few years back. The magazine funded the study because of the lack of government oversight on the quality of fish entering the market. The study's findings: More than half of all the fish available to the public, fresh or canned, was either rancid, came from polluted waters, or had excessive mercury. It's unlikely the situation has improved in the intervening years.

If your readers are concerned about getting their omega-3 oils, they should drop the fat and cholesterol and eat flaxseed and nuts. Flaxseed is a particularly good source of omega-3, and is delicious on cereal, fruit and salad.

James Corcoran Berkley, MI

Editor's Note: Mr. Corcoran is referring to the 1992 Consumers Union report "Is Our Fish Safe to Eat?" Of the seven types of fish purchased at supermarkets and tested, 30 percent were ranked poor quality, a full third mislabeled, and nearly half contaminated by bacteria. PCBs, mercury and pesticides were also detected.

MORAL SUPPORT

Please don't let the letter from Jennifer Maloney keep you from writing about population control ("Back-Issue Blues" Advice & Dissent, July/August 2000). Religion has frequently gotten in the way of reality. It has encouraged early settlers to hunt down and kill Native Americans because they were "heathens," burned people for not conforming to their beliefs during the inquisition, and otherwise punished non-conformists.

Let's take care of the people who are already here before we create any more.

LJ Terry

CENSUS SURPRISE

I was completely absorbed with "The Caribou's Last Stand?" (In Brief, July/ August 2000) and was shocked to learn that the herd's population is only 32.

When people read this article, I hope there will be a stand to save the caribou, and perhaps some restrictive measures for the snowmobiles that make them skittish. Your magazine is quite informative and insightful. Bravo!
Paul Dale Roberts
Department of Community Services
Elk Grove, CA
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