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Chipotle is making its burritos GMO-free, but some scientists are not impressed. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores whether as Big Food goes greener it will cater to consumers' health perceptions at the expense of science, and what effects will it have on the nation's food supply chain.

Also, police raid the home of the gunman in the Texas Mohammad cartoon attack. On today's Talking Point, new evidence that where you live directly affects upward mobility -- better neighborhoods can make for better lives.

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Police Raid Home of Gunman in Texas Mohammad Cartoon Attack 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Police in Garland, Texas released new details in the case of the two gunmen who opened fire Sunday night at an event where people presented cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. A police officer shot both men dead with his service pistol. A security guard was wounded.  Today law enforcement searched the Phoenix apartment of one of the gunmen identified in media reports as Elton Simpson. The FBI had previously identified Simpson as a suspected jihadist terrorist. Bill Zeeble is a reporter with KERA public radio in Dallas, Texas. 

Bill Zeeble, KERA Public Media for North Texas (@bzeeble)

KERA on the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which sponsored the event

Big Food Aims at the Socially Conscious, but Is the Food Healthier? 34 MIN, 18 SEC

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.

Jennifer Bartashus, Bloomberg LP
Colin O'Neil, Center for Food Safety (@ColinONeil)
Mark Lynas, Cornell Alliance for Science (@mark_lynas)
Bob Martin, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (@livablefuture)

Pew poll on public skepticism about scientific understanding on GMO's
Iowa State University study on crop rotation, sustainability
'Agriculture at a Crossroads'
Bloomberg on Chipotle removing GMO's from its menu
Bloomberg on the EU weighing the option of national bans on biotech imports
Center for Food Safety on the USDA's pro-pesticide bias
Center for Food Safety on Monsanto and the USDA
Lynas on his conversion to GMO food
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future on community food security
CFP on food policy council partnerships as catalysts for food system policy change

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Mark Lynas

Better Zip Codes Really Do Mean Better Futures for a Child 9 MIN, 3 SEC

After the LA riots more than twenty years ago Congress created an anti-poverty experiment to find out if placing poor families in better neighborhoods would help them move up the economic ladder. The result: parents and children seemed to benefit little, if at all, from a change in address. But new research now shows nearly the opposite. A large new study has found that geography does indeed have a significant effect on upward mobility and children's likelihood to thrive as adults. David Leonhardt is the managing editor of The Upshot, a news and data project of the New York Times.

David Leonhardt, New York Times (@DLeonhardt)

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