Saturday, September 25, 2010

Seriously, Stop Messing With My Food

I have never recalled waking up in the morning thinking to myself, “wow I could really go for some genetically engineered food right now.” But what if you didn’t know that the breakfast you were craving was genetically modified?

It’s unnatural and disturbing not to know what you’re eating, and according to a poll conducted by the Washington Post, a lot of other people agree with me. An overwhelming majority of people would rather know if they are dinning on Frankenfood. But ignoring the public opinion, the FDA is actually thinking of approving GE salmon that grows twice as fast as the conventional fish and not labeling it as GE product.

So far the FDA claims that they have been researching the “Frankenfish” for 10 years now. But many say that Frankenfish could cause allergies in humans and eventually destroy the already endangered wild salmon population.

No one should have to fear what they are eating. But the way this disaster is turning out, Frankenfish could potentially be the tip of the iceberg to a genetically engineered Frankenfarm. Did someone rip a page out of the novel Brave New World? Way to go FDA, tomorrow the country could be chewing remnants from a lab somewhere and we’ll never know it.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Third Party

It’s not looking so hot for the GOP right about now. Odds have dropped recently from a 26 percent chance to a 15 percent chance of the House being taking over by Republicans. The main reason for the decline is the outcome of the Republican primary in Delaware where the Tea Party sensation, Christine O’Donnell, defeated Michael N. Castle. 

It seems that the times are changing, and in the past few years a lot of people in politics have wondered about the possibility of a third party. And with the wide expansion of the Tea Party Patriots, that has brought together countless activists and thousands of local groups, maybe that major third party is actually here.

Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen in the Washington Examiner had said that "the Tea Party has become one of the most powerful and extraordinary movements in American political history. It is as popular as both the Democratic and Republican parties. Over half of the electorate now say they favor the Tea Party movement, around 35 percent say they support the movement, 20 to 25 percent self-identify as members of the movement." And so far the Tea Party is not a wing of the GOP but a critique of it.

The party is angry and they want to be noticed. They’ve become a huge movement moved by the people. They’re fed up and they are ready to prove that they can hang in the ring with the major Parties. And maybe we’ll be sure of it in 2012.

Friday, September 10, 2010

United As One Nation

Nine years ago our nation was changed forever. And as the country watched their television screens in utter shock, we stood in fear for our loved ones and when we found out that it all was intentional, we wondered why anyone would commit such an act. But as I sat and watched my world come to a halt for a moment, I never would have thought nine years from then I would still feel as though the county has been ripped apart.

After the attacks on 9-11 our country has come together in the wake of a horrific event, displayed patriotism by mounting flags on car antennas and in yards all over the nation, and for a moment, showed the world what it was like to stand together as the United States. You couldn’t go anywhere after that day without running into a flag flying proudly in the wind. We covered our land from sea-to-sea in the valiant red, innocent white and our perseverant blue. And then one day our attitude changed.

Over the nine years our country has taken down our beautiful flags, we tucked our patriotism away and found ourselves divided. We pointed fingers at our neighbors and replaced the feeling of being united as a country with the feeling of fear.

What happened during the period between our devout patriotism and our current fear? Did we finally let the terrorists win? Why can’t we go back to being united as one nation again before the pointing of fingers and the overwhelming feeling of fear that we hold today? The anniversary of the September 11 attacks should be time for Americans to respect religious freedoms and “rekindle that spirit of unity and common purpose” felt nine years ago like President Barack Obama has said. We are all Americans; ALL of us. And the anniversary is an excellent time to think about that.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

It's unnerving not to know what's going on with your food
behind closed doors.

Imagine your standing in a room with barely any light. The smell of feces fills your nostrils as you inhale a breath of oxygen. You look around and you notice that you are buried in piles of manure stacked up to eight feet tall. Mice scurry all around you and disease runs rampant. These are the conditions inside the hen houses at the two egg farms suspected of causing a nationwide outbreak of salmonella illness.

Federal investigators made their horrific discover public of Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, two massive egg producers who have recalled nearly 500 million eggs since Aug 13.

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And if the manure wasn’t enough, the investigators also found dead maggots live flies and the Salmonella bacteria in the water used to clean the eggs as well as the food used to feed the hens.

Holes in building or gaps in structures, which allowed rodents pidgins and other wild animals to enter the hen houses lined the surrounding of where the hens were contained. The FDA has said that the agency will begin inspecting 600 egg-production facilities over the next 15 months to make sure they are complying with new federal rules.

But shouldn’t these inspections have already happened? Why haven’t we mandated these inspections in federal law? We do the same in restaurants, but why not do it where our food comes from?