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Popularity of organic foods on the rise

The journey home

By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
organic farming is one of the fastest-growing segments
of agriculture in America. The most recent estimate
puts retail sales of organic foods at more than $7.8 bil-
lion, with nearly half purchased at conventional gro-
cery stores. The reasons for the high demand in organic
food vary directly with the people consuming them.
For Ann Arbor resident James Middrestaat, eating
organic food products is not just presense, but rather a
way of life. "I eat a totally vegan-style diet. We should
eat the natural grain and fruits of our mother, not
destroy the mother by killing off the creatures of the
land," Middrestaat added.
Middrestaat is not alone in aligning his diet with his
views. People's Co-op General Manager Carol Collins
said her organic food store also concentrates on the ide-
ology behind natural eating.
"Organic as a philosophy is about sustainable living.
Many of the organic farms are smaller and family-run.
Whereas other food is pumped full of chemicals,
organic food is only made with natural ingredients and
won't harm your body in any way," Collins said.
Besides voicing a strong belief in keeping the body's
nutrients natural, Collins said her store is also very
concerned with the state of the enviornment.
"Organic food is not just for personal health but for

the health of the environment. Organic (food) supports
a cleaner environment, and people with cleaner farm-
ing practices. Some people who use chemicals get sup-
port from the government whereas organic farmers
don't" She said that in addition to selling groceries,
they have a concern for environment, concern for com-
munity, business honesty and cooperate ownership.
"We have a lot of integrity. We support the local
grower and are aligned with peace and social justice
movements. We try to support this along with the vege-
tarian and organic foods." Collins added that her store's
vision and support of organic farmers is in sharp con-
trast with stores that sell products produced by tradi-
tional farming.
"With traditional farming, there are pesticides that
pollute the streams," Collins said. But these environ-
mentally-safer farming practices come with a price,
Engineering sophomore Kyle Marsh said.
"I know that (organic foods are) grown according to
nature. And they try not to use chemicals. It is very
healthy, (and) I wish I could get more of it, but it is
expensive," Marsh said.
But Dave Boutdtte, Ann Arbor spokesman for
Whole Foods said there are ways to get around the high
prices of organic food.
"Anyone selling organic food always has some-
thing on sale. In the produce department (at Whole
foods) there are a minimum of 10 things on sale
that are comparable to conventional products

around the same price," he added. If you're going to
shop organic, it pays to shop wisely and on sale. Go
for sale products, that way you can save money and
still get quality products."
But Kroger manager Bill Rowe, said that although
his grocery store had an organic section in their store, it
will never sell exclusively organic products because
organic foods are not available in the mass quantities
needed for a store like Kroger.
Boutdtte also voiced this sentiment in saying that
one large downside to organic produce is the limited
"Only two percent of all produce produced in the
United States is organic. So the availability of the prod-
ucts can be hard to come by," he added.
LSA sophomore Mike Vasell said that despite the
limited availability, eating organic food has become a
growing trend that has forced many people to take
"There is a lot of certification. They have the
FDA inspecting the food to make sure it is up to
organic standards and that the farmers are not using
steroids in their farming. The government is taking
notice," Vasell said.
There is also debate over whether organic foods are
in fact better than traditionally grown produce.
"Some (organic food) is superior; it depends on what
you get. I can eat a raw tomato when it is organic, but
regular ones taste like crap,"Vasell said.

A young Iraqi boy travels along the roadside with his family as they return to
their home just outside the city limits of Nasiriya yesterday.
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Overlooked computing
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Aviation ordnance men wheel lase guide bombs on the flight
deck of the USS Harry S. Truman during stike operations
against Iraq yesterday.
'Precision' bombs
not foolproof,
still miss targets
The Associated Press
The U.S. military is fighting perhaps the most accurate air
war in history, with most of the 8,000 precision-guided bombs
and missiles loosed on Iraq blasting their intended targets.
But "precision" weapons also miss. Human and mechanical
errors send 10 percent or more astray, Pentagon and civilian
experts say - a disastrous percentage for civilians living near
the intended targets.
"No weapons system is foolproof," said Lt. Cmdr. Charles
Owens, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command in Qatar.
"We'll always have one or two that go off target."
Some of the dozens of Iraqi civilians killed and wounded
may have fallen victim to American precision weapons that,
for reasons of mechanical failure or human error, struck
homes, markets or city streets rather than military targets.
"Statistically, several hundred of those have missed to some
degree," said Rob Hewson, editor of Jane's Air-Launched
An explosion that killed 14 civilians in Baghdad's Shaab
neighborhood last Wednesday may have been caused by a
U.S. missile, perhaps an anti-radar missile aimed at air
defenses or a wayward cruise missile. Coalition briefers have
suggested one of Iraq's own air defense missiles tumbled to
earth and exploded.
Also under dispute is the cause of a deadly explosion Fri-
day in a Baghdad market that Iraq blames for 60 deaths.
"These two marketplace attacks are looking increasingly
sure to have been caused by coalition weapons than went off
target," Hewson said.
Terrain-hugging U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by
ships in the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Persian Gulf have
also missed targets. A handful of the 700 fired in the war have
slammed mistakenly into Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, lead-
ing the Saudis and Turks to ask the Pentagon to stop firing
them across their territory. Iran has protested at least three hits
by U.S. missiles.
"If you're going to use cruise missiles, you're going to have
ones coming down where they're not supposed to," said David
Isby, a private missiles and munitions consultant in Washing-
ton, D.C.
"This isn't a scandal for long-range operations. It's to be
Bombs and missiles that can be programmed to follow
a laser trail or hit a specific geographic coordinate based
on satellite guidance comprise about 90 percent of those
used in the 12-day-old war, Owens said.

By Lauren Hodge
Daily Staff Reporter
While the Fishbowl in Angell Hall seems to be
the only computing site on campus, 45 other com-
puting sites offer access to students who would
otherwise end up waiting in line for a computer.
"It's rare that I ever go to the Fishbowl and jump
onto a computer without having to wait for at least
five minutes. It's really annoying having to wait in
line just to be able to check my e-mail" LSA soph-
omore Shelly Kitain said.
LSA senior Jonathan McDonald, who works for
Information Technology Central Services, said
there would be more available computers if stu-
dents were aware of the other computer labs
around campus.
Manager of the Angell Hall computing site
Robert Jones, said he acknowledges that there are
usually more students than computers during the
day. Jones said students would be more satisfied if
they were aware of the other labs.
"We want as many labs as we can get. The prob-
lem is space," Jones said.
LSA freshman Kelly Strauss said she uses com-
puters at the Michigan League and the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library to avoid waiting in line at
the computing site in Angell Hall.
"I like going to the Cyber Lounge in the Michi-
gan League because not many students know
about it. The UGLi is never really that crowded

either," Strauss said.
Due to the vast number of classes held in Angell
Hall and central location on campus, many stu-
dents find themselves going to the Fishbowl out of
LSA sophomore Dave Weinberg said the prob-
lems go much deeper than having to wait for a
computer. "With the recession our economy is
going through, fewer families are able to buy their
kids a computer, so more and more students need
to resort to campus computing sites for their com-
puting needs."
ITCS received $1 million for its annual budget
last year. Steve Sarrica, manager of Campus Com-
puting Sites, said the money was used to replace
740 computers on campus. Other expenses were
used to refit the computers in Angell Hall with
wireless Internet. Due to these replacement
expenses, no new computing sites can be expected
in the near future.
Aside from the 135 Macintosh computers in
Angell Hall, there are 42 in the Learning Resource
Center, 26 in the basement of the Michigan Union,
70 in the School of Education Building and 29 in
the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. Other lesser-
known computing sites are located in the Art and
Architecture Building, the School of Music,
Caident in the Dental School, West Hall and the
School of Natural Resources. For a complete list of
general online campus computing sites, log on to

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - The first
wartime U.N. humanitarian aid, a few
truckloads of food and water, trickled
across Iraq's borders from Turkey and
Kuwait, U.N. agencies reported yester-
day. But officials said aid organizations
and the U.S. military remain wary of
working together on relief operations
for Iraq.
Three trucks carrying 84.7 tons of
dried milk crossed from Turkey and were
unloaded in the northern Iraqi city of
Dohuk on Saturday, the U.N. World
Food Program said in a delayed report.
Next, "we're preparing to move
badly needed wheat flour later this
week into the north," said Khaled Man-
sour, regional spokesman for the U.N.
agency in Amman.
He said people in three autonomous
Kurdish provinces of the north are
believed to need food more urgently
than people in the central government-
controlled remainder of Iraq because
they received only a month's rations
before the 12-day-old war began, while
Iraqis elsewhere got two months'
Under U.N. economic sanctions
against Iraq, the World Food Program
itself ran a food-rationing program in
the north, while the Baghdad govern-
ment operated it for the rest of the
In far southern Iraq yesterday, the
first three vehicles carrying U.N. water
- commissioned bywthe U.N. Chil-
dren's Fund - managed to make deliv-
eries from Kuwait to the captured city

of Umm Qasr, UNICEF spokesman
Geoff Keele reported.
But 10 other water vehicles did not
cross from Kuwait, either because they
had incorrect Kuwaiti paperwork of
their privately contracted drivers decid-
ed it wasn't safe to travel into war-torn
southern Iraq, Keele said.
Keele also said two UNICEF trucks
carrying medical and other goods
have been waiting at the northern bor-
der for Turkish permission to cross
into Iraq. Mansour said Saturday's
dried-milk delivery also had been held
up for some days, pending Turkish
The greatest obstacle, however,
remained the danger of traveling war-
torn Iraq's roads.
Few private aid convoys have ven-
tured into Iraq, but yesterday a two-
truck shipment from private Greek
donors - carrying 33 tons of medi-
cine, food, milk and blankets - head-
ed for Baghdad from Amman, the
Jordanian capital.
Convoy chief Demetrius Mognie,
an Athens physiologist, said by
mobile phone from the road that he
hopes to remain in the Iraqi capital
as the casualty toll mounts. "My
specialty is an important one, and
they may need my help there," said
Mognie, a member of the aid group
Doctors of the World.
A Jordanian government truck
convoy and a private Algerian con-
voy crossed into Iraq on Sunday car-
rying 130 tons of medical supplies.


U.S. troops kill 7 Iraqis
at Army checkpoint

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. troops
killed seven Iraqi women and children at a
checkpoint yesterday when the Iraqis' van
would not stop as ordered, U.S. Central
Command said.
Two other civilians were wounded in the
incident at a U.S. Army
checkpoint on a highway
near Najaf in southern "In light of
Iraq, according to a Pen- .
tagon official and a Cen- terroriSt at
tral Command statement. Iraqi regn
The military is investi-
gating, the statement soldiers ex{
The dead and wound-
ed were among 13 to avoid ur
women and children in a 1s oli.
van that approached the ross of ife,
checkpoint but did not -
stop, Central Command
said. Soldiers fired warning shots and then
shot into the vehicle's engine, neither of
which stopped it, the statement said.
Central Command said it appeared the
soldiers followed their rules of engagement
for dealing with such situations. "In light of
recent terrorist attacks by the Iraqi regime,
the solders exercised considerable restraint
to avoid the unnecessary loss of life," the
statement said.
Four Army soldiers were killed at a
checkpoint near Najaf Saturday by a car
bomb detonated by an Iraqi soldier dressed
as a civilian.
Meanwhile, fresh U.S. forces are


flowing to the Persian Gulf, including
500 members of an Army cavalry regi-
ment being sent ahead of schedule to
help protect U.S. supply lines from Iraqi
The buildup comes amid upbeat Penta-
gon assessments of
progress against Iraq's
recent strongest army force,
acks by the the Republican Guard,
Ck by thewhich one U.S. general
e, the said yesterday had suf-
fered a "very signifi-
frcised cant weakening" from
le restraint intensified American
and British aerial bom-
necessary bardment.
"We know how it
will end: The Iraqi
Central Command regime will end," said
Pentagon spokes-
woman Victoria Clarke. "But we know that
there could be some tough fighting ahead."
Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, vice
director of operations on the Pentagon's
Joint Staff, told a news conference that
more than 300,000 allied forces are now in
the Gulf region, about 250,000 of them
American. Last Friday his boss, Gen.
Richard Myers, had put the allied total at
McChrystal would not discuss specif-
ic missions of the additional forces that
are en route to the Gulf or getting ready
to go.
They include 500 members of the

Army's 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
who left their Fort Polk, La., base on
Sunday. They and their Humvee scout
vehicles, Kiowa reconnaissance helicop-
ters and other equipment were sent by
air, enabling them to get to Iraq quicker
than if the equipment had been sent by
sea as originally planned.
Other members of the 2nd Armored
Cavalry are to go by sea.
Iraqi paramilitary forces have
launched hit-and-run attacks on supply

lines between Kuwait and central Iraq,
forcing U.S. commanders to devote
more combat resources to protecting
those lines.
The Army also is sending the 4th
Infantry Division, its showpiece
armored force, to Iraq. Members of the
Fort Hood, Texas-based division began
flying to Kuwait late last week. They
originally were to deploy to Turkey to
open a northern front against Baghdad,
but Turkey refused access.

Continued from Page 1
Steve Fisher the same week in October
1997 that CIR filed its lawsuit, after it
was revealed Fisher might have known
about Martin giving money to basket-
ball players.
"The great opportunity that came for
Michigan was back in November when
we were able to stand up and say what
happened was wrong. We're embar-
rassed by it and we're ashamed of what
happened and we're going to do the
right thing."
The University imposed sanctions
on itself in November, including
forfeiting all games played by the
fPnur n,1 ar epe A of accenting

expanding on life sciences and
technology programs. She discussed
new initiatives coming out by fall in
regard to implementing various
facets of the Report of the Presi-
dent's Commission on Higher Edu-
cation, recommendations for
improving student life released in
November 2001.
"I'm sure they'll have some infor-
mation by the end of the semester,
going into the fall," Coleman said,
referring to a group of faculty respon-
sible for examining the report.
While most students get a four-
month break from the hustle of Ann
Arbor, Coleman said she has a busy
summer planned. The University
Roard of Regents will rdecide next

the state, as well as the student
groups and support services
dependent on funding.
"It's an education process because
many of our legislators in Michigan
are new because we have term limits,"
Coleman said, adding that many legis-
lators are unaware of the depth of the
Coleman said she wants to increase
her relationships with students using
her monthly fireside chats. She said
she finds the students here much more
engaged than at Iowa, especially at
meetings with student groups.
"I don't have any trouble sort of
drawing people out to talk," she said.
She said her contact with the
Greek conmmunity ha sbeen novi-

Continued from Page 1
versity of Texas, whose race-con-
scious policies were overturned by
lower level courts, reveals that the
effect of banning the use of race as an
admissions factor would not be signif-
icant, he said.
"Having seen what's happened in
those few states, the court is free to
judge these cases based on the consti-
tutionality," he said. "They don't have
to be afraid ... of re-segregation."
Pell conceded that the court might
uphold the use of race in admissions
while ruling that the University's poli-
cies place too much weight on race,
hbt he sid such a decnisin would he

said a ruling overturning the Universi-
ty's policies would not affect those
groups. He added that their briefs are
not relevant to the cases because they
only address the general importance of
diversity, which can be achieved with-
out racial plus factors.
"None of these briefs address either
these admissions systems or the idea of
two-track systems in general,"he said.
Grutter said she is not concerned
about the briefs or the businesses'
reputations making any impression on
the justices. "I know of no one who
looks to businesses and corporations
for the moral and ideological high
road," she said.
The businesses should have sent
neutral briefs to the court savine that

universities in Texas, California, Wash-
ington and Florida operate similar per-
centage plans, other schools in the
states use approaches with broader
ranges of admissions criteria. Every
school should devise a race-neutral
system based on its academic mission
to try to enroll a significant number of
minorities, Pell added.
One of CIR's lawyers, Larry Purdy,
also spoke at the conference. He out-
lined arguments similar to Pell's and
added that many minority students
accepted into the University are not
prepared to succeed academically and
drop out at higher rates than white


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