Vermont’s GMO labeling law takes effect today.
Consumers won’t be any safer, though they’ll surely see their grocery expense rise. The GMO debate led more than 100 scientists, Nobel laureates all, to call for GMO-activists to stand down this week, as their opposition is a significant obstacle to efforts to feed a hungry world. Many of the science-deniers were unconvinced, however, calling the laureates “shameful white men of privilege.”
National Geographic, however, weighed in with some startling facts about our dependence on GMOs with its story titled, “What Would a World Without GMOs Look Like?”
The conclusion: “we might have to give up oranges and resign ourselves to living with avian flu and more malnutrition.” The Los Angeles Times weighs in, too, with an Op-Ed by Henry Miller, a physician and molecular biologist at Stanford. The column, titled “Stop worrying about GMOs; it's that organic granola bar that could make you sick,” oozes with common sense. “Why on Earth would anyone think that using raw manure as a fertilizer -- in essence spreading feces on food plants -- produces healthier food?”
Cattle Market Readjusts
Ranchers, no longer riding the crest of a supply-starved market, cinched up early this year for the inevitable ride lower. Few, however, expected the steep price decline for all classes of cattle and the volatility that has seeped out of the trading pits in Chicago. Follow the link to see what ranchers can expect in the cattle markets the rest of 2016.
Fun stories we’ve stumbled upon while composing this week’s GTN.
ISIS Targets India With Beef
The Times of India reports that ISIS recruits were allegedly planning bomb blasts in Hyderabad and plotting to trigger communal riots by placing cow and buffalo meat at the Bhagyalakshmi temple. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said they arrested 11 youths who were procuring meat to be placed at temples to spark riots during the ongoing holy month of Ramadan. The arrested youths, who held regular jobs and were in touch with IS handler and chief recruiter for India, Shafi Armar, had been under the NIA's scanner for the past 4-5 months.