National Geographic : 2007 May
My name is David Stang. I am the youngest brother of Dorothy Stang. I have been to Brazil seven times since my sister's cowardly murder. I am appalled that the governor of Mato Grosso has had the arro gance to imply that she was marching in the wrong direc tion regarding the future econ omy of Brazil. So one farmer for every 300 acres is the future? So does the governor believe that democracy and economy for the many is created with so much power and wealth in his hands? In my heart and mind, I know that Dorothy was marching in the right direction-educating the poor and creating jobs. It seems the governor has no respect for her opinion. Where is his support for justice and trials for those who murdered my sister? DAVID STANG Palmer Lake, Colorado No country truly practices sus tainable farming techniques; we are always to some extent mining the soil. Agriculture as an industry is one of the largest polluters on the planet. Increasing the demand for corn and soybeans by making motor fuels with them will only increase deforestation of the Amazon Basin. I hope I don't have to tell my grand children someday that the reason a loaf of bread costs a hundred dollars and the rain forest is gone is because in the old days we used to burn corn and soybeans to fuel our cars. At best, fuel made from crops will be a short-term stopgap to the oil shortage, but the long-term damage to the environment as a result may be permanent. RANDY VAN DER AA Kingsport, Tennessee As a forester with 23 years of experience, I too love the woods. Nonetheless, I also Write, Email, Fax Write National Geographic Magazine PO Box 98199 Washington, DC 20090-8199 Email email@example.com Fax 202-828-5460 Include name, address, and daytime telephone. Letters may be edited for clarity and length.