ShareThis Page
Letters to the Editor

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me