Bennet fails to cite the looming problems with these crops, not only to the environment, but also to human beings. She makes no mention of the significant sterility, miscarriage, and still birth problems which have developed in large mammals raised on GM feed, nor anything about the superweeds tolerant to the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) now plaguing the US. She says nothing about the contamination of non-GMO crops by wind and bees, along with death of both honey bees and Monarch butterflies attributed to Roundup. She makes no mention of the recent research from the University of Sherbrooke in Canada which revealed that both mothers and their newborn infants have pesticides growing in their bodies from Bt crops such as corn and soybeans. There's not a word about the massive suicides of farmers in India whose GE cotton crops failed, or whose animals died when they ate the cotton plants after the fiber was harvested. Nothing is said about the monopolies created by the GM companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta which force farmers to purchase new GE seed every year along with huge amounts of expensive herbicides and fertilizers because they have bought up the other companies and virtually nothing else is available. Neither is there any reference to the toxic run off of pesticides and herbicides which are sprayed on millions of acres of farmland every growing season. She makes GMOs sound so benign that she implies that there is not too much to worry about. Nothing appears to be further from the truth. Monsanto hinders independent research on GMOs, and new GE plant species are quickly released in the environment with little or no consideration about their effects on human or ecological health. Bennet tries to console those who might still be squeamish about GMOs by advising the purchase of organic food. Unfortunately this is already a challenge due to increasing GMO contamination of organic and conventional crops and the inclusion of GE substances in almost every manufactured supermarket food. Eating organic could become completely impossible in the future since the Obama administration has just approved the marketing of GE alfalfa, the largest forage crop in America. Cross contamination is inevitable. This nation stands to lose not only organic milk, cheese and yogurt with this action, but also our crop diversity, ecology and our health.
--Christine Crockett, Ann Arbor, Michigan
I like your magazine; so does my wife. She reads more of it than I do. I read bits and pieces.
I’m not going to take your survey, but I do have an idea as to how you might wish to improve MORE.
I admire the feature, “This is what (insert age) looks like.” I enjoy reading about women who have achieved notable success in the business world—some against prohibitive odds—or have created something exceptionally brilliant that makes lots of money. There are, I am convinced, other women out there (hell, I’m married to one) who may not have reached the same pinnacles of success worthy of multi-media focus, but who deserve your spotlight. Why not couple both, showcasing them next to each other, proof that professional achievement and recognition may not always be a slam dunk, but is, in terms of competence or effort, on equal footing with those who have earned your praise and respect.
--Stephen Michaelides, Cleveland, OH 44113
This is my complaint, and I’m sure I’ll never see it in print or even get a response but here it is anyway.
I had to flip through to page 12 before I even found your “Contents” page for the September issue!
You are turning into a paper waste for advertising! I also have trouble finding real articles vs. advertising posing as content.
I did find your “Black & White” story eye catching, but when I read the small print on clothing prices I just had to laugh at how out of touch with the real world you are! Examples: Faux-pearl pumps at $1450, a felt fedora at $490, or how about white leather booties at $945!