Global needs: food and birth control [Letter]

July 12, 2014

While writer Mike Gesker ("U.S. food aid still critical abroad," July 10) rightly affirms our commitment to sending food to poor countries, as a member of Catholic Relief Services he fails though to address the other side of this economic problem.

In part because of resistance of the Catholic Church to any form of birth control, poor populations are exploding, fueling the demand for more food — and, when food is not available, hunger and more poverty or political dissent. Keep up the supply side, but address reduction in the demand side.

J. Martin, Baltimore

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