V.22 No.15 | 4/11/2013
Hundreds rallied to support labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Around 200 people, some wearing blindfolds and vegetable costumes, attended “What’s on Our Plates?” last week, a community forum in northeast Albuquerque.
Organizers say the purpose of the meeting was to inform the public about genetically-engineered (GE) foods and push the city for legislation that would require companies to label genetically-engineered foods.
Yong Jung Cho, field organizer for Food & Water Watch, said the forum is just one of many of an ongoing campaign to make labeling of GE food mandatory by law.
“There are no long-term studies proving that genetically engineered foods are safe for human consumption or for the environment and yet the Federal Drug Administration still doesn’t require labeling. However at the heart of the issue is consumers deserve the right to know what we are eating and what we are feeding our families.”
Genetically engineered crops are created by transferring genetic material from one organism into another to create specific traits, such as resistance to treatment with herbicides… or to make a plant produce its own pesticides to repel insects.
Some of the most common genetically-engineered foods are corn, alfalfa, cotton and soybeans. In 1992, the FDA approved Calgene’s Flavr Savr™ tomatoes making it the first genetically modified food to be sold in U.S. stores.
Earlier this year the New Mexico State Senate voted down a bill that if passed would have made it mandatory for companies to label of genetically-engineered food throughout the state.
However, the city of Santa Fe passed a resolution about two weeks ago making it mandatory to label foods that contain genetically-engineered food products.
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
The Daily Word in prosthetic limbs, London cabbies and Tim Tebow
Hillary Clinton warns about a potential terrorist haven in Sinai.
Mark Hamill says Mitt Romney is “not actually human.” You’d have to think Luke Skywalker has an eye for that sort of thing.
Meanwhile, the Obama campaign likens Mitt Romney to Batman supervillain Bane. Bain. Bane. Get it?
The FDA approves the first drug to reduce the risk of HIV infection.
Michael Johnson thinks runners with prosthetic limbs have an unfair advantage.
Hundreds of London cabbies protest the 30 miles of “Olympic Games Lanes.”
Yet another sign 2012 may very well be end times; church groups plan pilgrimages to the Jets’ training camp to see Tim Tebow.
Prostitutes are wreaking havoc on dozens of street signs in New Zealand.
The Albuquerque Police Department reveals mobile surveillance trailers to assist SWAT situations.
I had no idea I needed this Legend of Zelda key holder so badly.
It might pay to complain to DirecTV about their dropping of Viacom’s channels.
Marissa Mayer has been named Yahoo’s new CEO. She became Google’s first female engineer back in 1999.
Happy Birthday, David Hasselhoff!
V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
The Daily Word in snow cone machines, snobars and snow storms
More wintery closings and delays take effect in the East Mountains and Rio Rancho.
North Korea is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S.
The job market’s not so abysmal in Florida if you want to be an alligator hunter.
The religious far-right will just love this; the FDA considers making the morning-after pill available at supermarkets.
Homeland security gets 13 new snow cone machines.
Not surprisingly, the Chevrolet Volt is another GM piece of fire-causing crap.
Two recently discovered black holes are the largest ever found, each 10 billion times the mass of the sun.
Meanwhile, an earth-like planet is discovered by NASA spacecraft.
Alcoholic popsicles hit store shelves in Arizona with flavors including cosmopolitan and margarita.
Thanks to Lynn for some of today’s links.
V.20 No.41 | 10/13/2011
Food for Thought
Just Label It
The national push to unmask frankenfoods
V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011
The Daily Word with drunk children, airline shutdowns, dyslexia, gluten and Amy Winehouse secrets
Santa Fe 12-year-old charged with DWI.
It’s plague season: the fifth case of Hantavirus has been reported in N.M.
After nickel-and-diming the debt ceiling, lawmakers ran out to summer recess before resolving an FAA shutdown that’s costing taxpayers $1 billion a month.
The U.S. is finally joining the developed world by moving birth control under health insurance coverage—but there are some catches and a whole lot of misinformation.
A new font designed to help dyslexics read.
The FDA still hasn’t defined when foods can be labeled “gluten free.”
If your house was on fire, would you take this stuff with you?
Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak stands trail.
Pro-bike mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania says “Nice parking job, asshole!” to a Mercedes ... with a tank.
Steer clear of ground turkey for a while.
Haiti braces for tropical storm Emily, more devastation.
Everyone stop what you’re doing: Miley Cyrus got a “gay marriage” tattoo.
Also, Amy Winehouse was secretly engaged.
V.20 No.25 |
The Daily Word in UNM presidents, mob bosses and fireworks
Police have arrested former UNM president Chris Garcia in connection with a prostitution ring. They arrested a physics professor yesterday and charged him with promoting prostitution.
A bridge in the Bosque caught fire.
Gov. Martinez says it might be better to skip the fireworks this year.
Who's going to jump into the race for Heinrich's congressional seat? Ex-Mayor Martin Chavez? Ex-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish? State Sen. Eric Griego? City Councilor Dan Lewis? Jon Barela?
Guv also looking to tighten rules for driver's licenses for foreign nationals.
The FBI's been hunting Whitey Bulger for 15 years. Yesterday, agents caught the 81-year-old mob boss in Santa Monica.
The world's first totally synthetic pop star.
The seas are rising.
Potatoes make Americans fat.
FDA says breast implants won't last for life.
The end of gender?
V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011
The Daily Word in Weiner and Wiener, sunscreen and making out
Video of a Sandoval County deputy stun gunning a 16-year-old girl for disobeying him.
Rep. Weiner is resigning post-Twitter scandal.
Naked beluga whale taming.
UNM football player arrested for refusing to pull up his saggy pants, according to airplane crew.
Monsoons supposed to follow dry winters. WTF New Mexico weather?
What is a bohemian rhapsody?
Life expectancy of women declines in U.S.
Two people making out during a riot.
Conan O’Brien’s honest commencement speech: “No specific job or career goal defines me or should define you.”
V.20 No.23 |
The Daily Word featuring blame, yakuza, sunscreen, free speech and booth babes
We may finally have someone to blame for starting the Wallow Fire.
Meanwhile, firefighters in Rio Rancho are penalized for harrasing a rookie and his "private part."
The ever-resourceful yakuza and their crime syndicate overlords are capitalizing on Japan's tsunami disaster.
For my July 1 birthday, L.A. schools are banning flavored milk.
Meanwhile, two landmark court rulings favor students' free speech when they're online at home.
Here are five things to keep an eye on as Republican presidential challengers start lining up.
V.19 No.50 | 12/16/2010
The Food and Drug Administration ordered the seizure of chile products from a warehouse in Derry, N.M.
U.S. Marshals confiscated the chile from Duran and Sons. (I’ve got a call in to the FDA to find out how much was seized, and how this chile is usually distributed.) According to the complaint filed by the FDA, inspectors discovered:
• “Widespread insect and rodent infestation”
• Rodent excreta pellets on and around the food
• Stains that looked like rodent urine
• “Investigators observed and photographed rodent nesting material on finished product.”
• Cats and birds
• Insects, larvae and moths
According to this 2007 High Country News article, Duran and Sons grows 140 acres of chile and processes 600,000 pounds every year.
There was no answer yesterday or today when the Alibi called the chile company. Owner Carl Duran told the Associated Press that he’d been cooperating with the FDA, and the raid was a surprise. He also said the seized chile was slated for destruction anyway.
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