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Clock is ticking for local produce if South Hutchins annexation passes

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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am

I am very sorry to see that the South Hutchins annexation is still going through on April 20 if we don't contact James Glaser at LAFCO (209-468-3198) or jglaser@sjgov.org. I had hoped that the city recognized the foolishness of going ahead with this premature development.

With all the talk these days about "going green" and saving the environment, one would think that the city would actively participate by preserving every bit of farmland it could. By gobbling up this farmland, the city is promoting pollution — allowing trucks to bring us produce from who knows where — and significantly filling up landfills with the extra plastic packaging that comes with hauled-in produce.

Studies have shown time and again that fresh local produce is healthier for you than produce being treated with toxic chemicals to preserve it during transit. What effect will this have on our children and grandchildren? I cannot imagine that all those chemicals will have a positive effect on a young child's immune system. Unfortunately, for the love of money the city of Lodi is only thinking of the here and now. Cement and asphalt are more important than our posterity.

My hopes for the city leading the charge and keeping the San Joaquin Valley green with fresh local produce are all but gone. I hope our next leaders will have the vision to lead this city in a wiser direction than the present ones. Thank you.

Nancy Stenson

Lodi

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