Post-Dispatch doesn't cover protest at Monsanto
On Saturday, an estimated 2 million people in 40 countries took
part in over 400 marches to protest Monsanto's farming and business
So what are we to make of the fact that over 600 protesters stood
in the pouring rain outside of Monsanto's corporate headquarters in
Creve Coeur and the Post-Dispatch didn't cover the event? Instead,
it posted these Sunday headlines: "Monsanto is No. 1" and "Monsanto
grows globally: Biotech giant leads Post-Dispatch list of top
Monsanto's genetically engineered food poses established health
risks, which include organ damage, cancer, birth defects, infant
mortality and sterility. GMO ingredients are in an estimated 80
percent of American grocery store products.
Monsanto is bankrupting farmers, causing soil infertility, loss
of biodiversity, and bee hive collapse. They are causing dependency
on a centralized food system.
An open letter signed by 828 scientists in 84 countries has
called for an immediate 5-year suspension of GMO crops and "a
comprehensive public inquiry of agriculture and food security." GMOs
have been entirely or partially banned in 15 countries.
On March 28, the U.S. signed the "Monsanto Protection Act" into
law, freeing Monsanto from potential litigation, which could find
GMOs unsafe. With momentum building in Congress to repeal this
protection, shouldn't legislators know their constituents' concerns?
I don't think it's too much to ask the Post-Dispatch to recognize
its journalistic responsibility in reporting the news.
Susie Chasnoff * University City
Father's statement is flawed on Catholic Church's teaching about
Beneath the surface of Father Gary Meier's statement that the
Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality causes harm (May 25) lies
a serious misunderstanding of the church's teaching. The church
recognizes that some people may have inborn homosexual tendencies
and does not condemn people with such tendencies. What the church
does teach is that a sexual act between two people of the same
gender is intrinsically disordered. "Disordered" means that the act
is contrary to created nature. "Intrinsic" means that the disorder
is inherent in the act itself and that such an act can never become
ordered to nature.
The basis for this teaching is revealed in the first and second
chapters of Genesis. Human sexuality was created for the dual
purpose of intimacy and procreation. These two aspects of sexuality
are interdependent and cannot be separated. When a sexual act is
robbed of its procreative aspect, intimacy is also compromised. This
understanding of human sexuality has been consistently taught by the
Judeo-Christian tradition for more than 3,000 years and has been
ratified by the universal lived experience of human cultures, even
those of other religious traditions.
The Catholic Church's teaching about disordered sexual acts is
imposed not only on the homosexual community but on heterosexual
people as well. People of all walks of life, whether they be
homosexual, heterosexual, single, married or divorced, are urged to
choose to live chastely, that is to regard and use sexuality for its
proper God-given purpose. The church issues this prompting in love,
knowing that the key to human happiness lies, not in seeking one's
own gratification, but rather in fulfilling the creator's will.
When Father Meier fails to inform the homosexual community
correctly, he does not serve them well. Nor does the Post-Dispatch
when it gives undue attention to someone whose statements are
Carolyn Vokoun * Chesterfield
Crop insurance helps farmers in high-risk areas
In response to the Post-Dispatch's opinion (May 21) on the "Farm
welfare" crop insurance, it was as one-sided and thoughtless as