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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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.…

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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.…

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Trump Tariffs Impose $350M ‘Tax’ On Your Beer

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump’s reckless choice to single-handedly launch an international trade war is about to make your beer more expensive.

According to an analysis by the Beer Institute, Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum will increase the annual cost of beer production in the U.S. by $347.7 million per year.

Those extra costs are very likely to be passed on to consumers — and beer producers accuse Trump of effectively imposing a new “tax” on beer.

“These tariffs on aluminum and on steel, we estimate, amount to a $350 million-dollar tax on beer brewers in the United States,” Beer Institute President and CEO Jim McGreevy noted Monday on MSNBC.…

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