Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Monday, February 18, 2019

The Self-Destruction Of American Farmers

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


Not long ago, agriculture was a crown jewel of America’s export economy. Then President Trump happened.

He launched his “easy-to-win” trade wars, and our trading partners hit back right where the farm belt hurts.

Soybeans have been our biggest farm export and China their biggest foreign market. Last year, U.S. farmers sold almost $14 billion worth of soybeans to China. That amount is down considerably, to say the least. In November, China’s imports of U.S. soybeans fell to zero.

Leave it to others to explain why the agricultural heartland so ardently backed a presidential candidate promising a trade conflagration sure to hit it the hardest.…

Read More

How Trump’s FDA Is Failing To Make Food Safe

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
Center for Investigative Reporting

William Whitt suffered violent diarrhea for days. But once he began vomiting blood, he knew it was time to rush to the hospital. His body swelled up so much that his wife thought he looked like the Michelin Man, and on the inside, his intestines were inflamed and bleeding.

For four days last spring, doctors struggled to control the infection that was ravaging Whitt, a father of three in western Idaho. The pain was excruciating, even though he was given opioid painkillers intravenously every 10 minutes for days.

His family feared they would lose him.…

Read More

Interior Secretary Would Open Atlantic Marine Preserve To Commercial Fishing

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

The Trump administration could harm the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, a protected area of the Atlantic Ocean about 130 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass., by allowing commercial fishing.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that commercial fishing resume in the 4,913-square-mile Atlantic Ocean monument, home to the endangered sperm whale and 9-foot-tall cold-water corals, and two protected areas in the Pacific Ocean.

“With the removal of fishing restrictions, a lot of the benefits of having this undisturbed area go away,” said Peter Auster, senior research scientist at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.…

Read More