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.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Nationalism's appeal on both sides of the Atlantic Nationalism, Populism, concerns about immigration and outright racism are part of election campaigns from the US to Europe. We hear how today's election in Holland reflects the recent past and may forecast the future.
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?