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Message trivialized

| Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

I marched in Pittsburgh's March Against Monsanto on May 25 and noticed the Trib covered this event with a photo and caption labeling it “Food fight” on Page C2 of the May 26 Pittsburgh print edition. I am dismayed by the inaccurate information in the caption and the wording of the heading.

The marchers, numbering between 800 and 1,000 — not the mere “estimated ... about 300” that the Trib reported — came out to demonstrate their mistrust of Monsanto, a multinational corporation.

Monsanto does not produce food. It produces seeds that have been genetically modified to withstand the application of Roundup — a pesticide that Monsanto also produces. Whether it is safe for humans and animals to consume organisms such as corn and soybeans grown with these modified seeds has never been conclusively demonstrated.

To call the March Against Monsanto a “Food fight” is very clever and succinct, but may trivialize what is at stake — our health and the health of the plants and animals that sustain us.

Carol Cutler

North Huntingdon

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