Chickens and eggs

Editor:

In 2008, we Californians stood together ‚Äì Democrats, Republicans and Independents — and voted overwhelmingly to protect egg-laying hens. Despite a massive ad campaign sponsored by the opposition, we spoke with one voice to outlaw the cruel, tiny metal cages that prevent chickens from even having the ability to flap their wings. Starting January 1, 2015, the law went into full effect. Each of us who voted for the law now has another important role to play to make sure that the supermarkets and restaurants that we frequent are complying with the law. Now is the time for Californians to come together again and vote with our feet. Please support the stores and restaurants that serve cage free eggs, and walk away from those that don’t. Let the stampede begin!

Elizabeth Greenwood
Santa Monica

Can fat be good?

Editor:

I’m glad that mention was made about eating a well-rounded diet with fruits and vegetables, which are primarily carbohydrates. The danger is not in consuming carbohydrates. It’s in eating the wrong types of carbs, like processed grains, sweets, soda, etc.

With regard to fats, humans, particularly those living in the Mediterranean, subsisted on olive oil for centuries, and reaped the health benefits from olive oil freshly harvested and pressed right at the source. Unfortunately, today there is much confusion about whether the oil you buy is actually extra virgin, which is the only grade that gives you the nutritional benefits. A well-reviewed book on the olive oil industry is Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, by Tom Mueller. Anyone who uses olive oil should start with this book and then move on to other sources. I will never go back to buying any olive oil unless I’m certain it isa high quality certified extra virgin olive oil.

Keith Markman
Santa Monica

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