China's Expanding Role in the American Food Supply
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The globalization of agriculture means that a lot of the food consumed by Americans originated in China. Can consumers tell what's grown here and what's imported? Should they be concerned about food safety, even when China reportedly takes special care when it comes to exports? Also, the Supreme Court says police can swab for DNA, and automakers are dropping the prices of electric cars — especially on leases.
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Supreme Court Says Police Can Swab for DNA ()
The US Supreme Court ruled today that police can take cheek swabs for DNA when they make arrests, just as they can take suspects' fingerprints or photographs. It was another five-to-four decision, but this time Justice Antonin Scalia broke with fellow conservatives and sided with liberals. Tom Taylor is Assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA.
China and America's Food Supply ()
The United States once called itself the "food basket" for much of the world, but that was before economic globalization. Last year, the US imported 4.1 billion pounds of food products from China. More than half the cod and tilapia we eat -- 50% of the apple juice and 31% of the garlic -- originated in China, a country infamous for food-safety problems. The FDA inspects less than 3% of the imports, but China reportedly treats food for export very differently from what it grows for domestic consumption. Where do Chinese food imports turn up without your knowing it? Are they getting a bad rap because of international politics?
- Stephanie Strom: New York Times, @ssstrom
- Patty Lovera: Food & Water Watch, @foodandwater
- Scott Rozelle: Stanford University, @FSIStanford
- Marion Nestle: New York University, @marionnestle
A Price War among Electric Vehicles ()
California's so-called Zero Emission laws were designed to create a market for electric cars, but even in California, only 15,000 have been sold in the past five years. That has started a price war on electric cars — and it's spreading to other states. Prices are dropping not just on purchases, but on leases as well. You can get one cheap, without worrying so much about long-term maintenance or re-sale value. Brian Thevenot is automotive editor for the Los Angeles Times.
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