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USDA Scolds National Organic Program For Lax Enforcement

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Environment, Uncategorized | Comments Off on USDA Scolds National Organic Program For Lax Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General recently did an audit of the National Organic Program, which is part of its Agricultural Marketing Services group.

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USDA Scolds National Organic Program For Lax Enforcement

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on USDA Scolds National Organic Program For Lax Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General recently did an audit of the National Organic Program, which is part of its Agricultural Marketing Services group.

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If Regular Farming Is Now “Factory” Style, Why Do Only 0.4% Of Farms Pay Estate Taxes?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on If Regular Farming Is Now “Factory” Style, Why Do Only 0.4% Of Farms Pay Estate Taxes?

The President has declared he is against the Estate tax, and he is not alone. For decades it has seemed punitive to levy a special tax on wealth people already paid taxes on just because the person who paid the taxes died. 

In North Dakota, President Trump said he would "protect small businesses and family farmers here in North Dakota and across the country by ending the death tax" and that would ease the "Tremendous burden for the family farmer, tremendous burden. We are not going to allow the death tax or the inheritance tax or the whatever-you-want-to-call-it to crush the American Dream.”

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Birth Defects, A Biblical Great Tribulation And Other Myths About The Eclipse

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Space | Comments Off on Birth Defects, A Biblical Great Tribulation And Other Myths About The Eclipse


On August 21st, from west coast to east the United States will be treated to a rare event; an eclipse of the sun. Not just a partial eclipse either. Through the entire arc, a swath of land about 70 miles wide will have a total eclipse. There's been so much excitement that social media has made "path of totality" part of the lexicon. 

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Fast Food Restaurant Density Correlated To Lower Levels Of Obesity

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Psychology | Comments Off on Fast Food Restaurant Density Correlated To Lower Levels Of Obesity

We know that corporations go where their market is. Whole Foods sets up shop in wealthy, progressive counties while smaller companies like Monsanto market to rural farmers. What about fast food companies? The claims have been that since there are obese people near places where high densities of restaurants exist, the restaurants must cause the obesity. Less considered is that people might move to where more food choices are and where those are dense, such as in cities, people tend to be more educated.

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3 Ways Activists Gamed California’s Prop 65 List To Get Glyphosate On It

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Chemistry | Comments Off on 3 Ways Activists Gamed California’s Prop 65 List To Get Glyphosate On It

Glyphosate, a component of the popular herbicide commonly known as Roundup in the United States, has been placed on California's Proposition 65 list, which requires a cancer warning label on it, despite the fact no regulatory body can find evidence it harms anyone or anything other than what it is supposed to harm, much less that it causes any cancer.

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“Food Evolution”: A Tale Of Two Cities

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on “Food Evolution”: A Tale Of Two Cities

Last night was the premiere of "Food Evolution", a documentary on the science in our dinner, and I saw it with a large audience for the second time.

Wait, premiere? Second time? Which is it?

It's both. And that is how it became a tale of two cities. And maybe even a metaphor for the two Americas we now live in.

Two weeks ago I moderated a panel on communicating science and, more importantly, risk, at the University of Guelph, Canada's most prominent agriculture school. In the evening, there was a showing of "Food Evolution" in an auditorium there. I don't know how many people attended, it was packed, and before the movie there was a show of hands on how many people were okay with GMOs, how many distrusted them, and how many were unsure.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 Is Good – And So Is The Collectible Art

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Random Thoughts | Comments Off on Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 Is Good – And So Is The Collectible Art

When "Guardians of the Galaxy" was in development, I was skeptical. When I was a kid, they were simply different Avengers, in space. Seriously, they had a Major from America, an archer, a strong guy, etc. And everyone knows Marvel had sold off the movie rights to the popular characters to prevent bankruptcy so they had only B level characters left.

But one of those B-level characters was Iron Man, and Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr. and a whole team of four writers (usually a bad sign) turned in arguably the best superhero movie of all (1). And it just so happened other B-level characters made up The Avengers, and a boom was born.

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If RFK Jr. Wasn’t Good Enough For Pres. Obama, He Shouldn’t Be Good Enough For Trump

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Science and Society | Comments Off on If RFK Jr. Wasn’t Good Enough For Pres. Obama, He Shouldn’t Be Good Enough For Trump

If RFK Jr. Wasn’t Good Enough For Pres. Obama, He Shouldn’t Be Good Enough For Trump
Earlier today, President-Elect Donald Trump met with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and, at least according to RFK, Jr., wants the prominent Democratic anti-vaccine activist to head a commission on vaccine safety.

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Environmental Opportunity In A Trump Presidency

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Environment | Comments Off on Environmental Opportunity In A Trump Presidency

Though environmental activists are aghast that Republicans now control the White House, the Senate and the House for the first time since the 1920s, at least a few have come to some self-awareness that non-stop lobbying against jobs and poor people, and for higher regulations and cost, are to blame for why their candidate lost.

What they don't realize is that there is actually a great deal of opportunity for environmentalists during the Trump years. In most ways, he is a lot more like Democrats than he is like Republicans, they just need to stop being against everyone and everything except higher taxes and more federal rules.

It may be time to mix it up, when the writing is on the wall that being "anti-" is not working for anything except their bank statements.

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