FROM Colin O'Neil
Big Food Aims at the Socially Conscious, but Is the Food Healthier? Chipotle, the national food chain that claims to be a healthier fast food alternative, upped the ante recently in trying to follow its motto of "Food with Integrity." Last week the company announced its food menu was going to be GMO-free , no longer containing ingredients derived from genetically engineered plants. It's not the only major national brand to make a bold change. Tyson Foods also announced recently it will stop using poultry treated with human antibiotics . Anti-GMO activists applaud the move, but a majority of scientists -- armed with decades of research -- say GMO's are safe to humans and the food chain. Do all of these changes add up to healthier food or a more sustainable environment and sustainable economy, or will marketing trump science? We look at the future of GMO's from the salsa bar to farms in the developing world.
Lawmakers Float Pesticide Ban to Protect Bees Without bees to pollinate crops, there would be an immediate food crisis. But so-called " Colony Collapse Disorder " continues to kill bees in alarming numbers. Now, two Democratic Congressmen want legislation to limit the use of certain pesticides before it's too late. The European Union has suspended the use of neonicotinoid insecticides because of research showing they could be responsible for the alarming increase in the killing of bees. But US regulations are different from those in Europe and there's disagreement about the certainty of scientific conclusions. Colin O'Neil, Director of Government Affairs at the Center for Food Safety , has more.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.