FROM Mark Peel
Meat and Milk from Cloned Animals in America's Food Supply? Early this year, the Food and Drug Administration announced that meat and dairy products from cloned animals were safe to eat . The Department of Agriculture immediately called for a " voluntary moratorium ," asking farmers to keep cloned animals off the market indefinitely, to buy time to build acceptance among US and foreign consumers. Americans are already eating meat, not from cloned animals themselves but from their progeny. This discussion was recorded in January, but our guests tell us nothing has changed. If nobody can tell the difference, what's the problem? Is it cruel to animals? Should it be labeled?
Meat and Milk from Cloned Animals in America's Food Supply? The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that meat and dairy products from cloned animals are safe to eat , but the Department of Agriculture is calling for a " voluntary moratorium " for time to build public acceptance among US and foreign consumers. Meantime, it's possible that Americans are already eating meat, not from cloned animals themselves but from their progeny. If nobody can tell the difference, what's the problem? Critics say it's expensive, inefficient and cruel to animals. Should such food be labeled? We hear from critics and advocates, and from a high-profile chef who conducted a double-blind test comparing porterhouse steaks from the progeny of a cloned bull and a conventional one.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.