Kansas Senator Pat Roberts has proposed legislation that would set up a federal voluntary GMO labeling system, an effort that would pre-empt state laws that would require GMO labeling. Roberts’ proposal is aimed to thwart Vermont’s GMO labeling law from taking effect July 1, but he’ll need some bipartisan support to get the bill through Congress.
While GMO-deniers continue to warn against the safety of GMOs, they’re also against research efforts into verifying such claims. Last week, 57,000 GMO-deniers signed petitions delivered to Iowa State University and to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation demanding a halt to a research project on GMO bananas. The study will pay $900 to a dozen female students for eating the equivalent of three bananas each, only one of which will be genetically modified. The project includes three study periods with the participants’ blood tested after each. More than 500 women applied to take part in the study.
Where Sanders and Trump voters eat
Nothing is overlooked when courting your vote. Consumer data is increasingly important to campaigns to better understand where they should invest their ad dollars. Toward that goal, a recent survey by Resonate, a consultant in Reston, Va., shows that Bernie Sanders supporters are 82% more likely than the average American to eat at Chipotle, while Donald Trump fans are 111% more likely to eat at Sonic.
Marco Rubio's backers are 141% more likely to have stayed at a Ritz-Carlton.
BLM’s tactical errors in Bunkerville
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Bureau of Land Management lost the Battle of Bunkerville in 2014 to Cliven Bundy and his armed militia even before it began. Court documents charging Bundy, two of his sons and others in the showdown, suggest the BLM erred by putting its rangers in a “dangerously exposed" tactical position. “The federal forces made what military tacticians consider classic mistakes in the annals of armed conflict: They gave up the high ground to the opposition while underestimating the strength of Bundy's 200-strong force.” The BLM's mistakes are now playing into the government's theory in the extortion and assault case against Bundy and his sons, according to Kathleen Bliss, a former federal prosecutor. "Prosecutors are using this to show the conspiracy," Bliss said.
Your Coffee is Radioactive
So are your bananas. Neither should be cause for alarm. In fact, we have little to worry about from the radioactivity in our food.
We may rejoice, however, that drinking more coffee might help reduce cirrhosis of the liver.
Researchers analyzed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44 percent lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis. We’ll drink to that.