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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.