In a recent opinion piece in the New York Times (“Lessons from the Little Ice Age,” NYT, March 22, 2014), historian Geoffrey Parker—author of Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the 17th Century—suggests the desperate climate of the years 1600 to 1700 is a template for a collapse of civilization in the twenty-first century. But there’s one massive flaw in his theory: The past cultural collapses have almost all occurred during “little ice ages,” not during our many global warmings.
The fact is this: humans have been genetically modifying plants and animals for millennia. Just because it was done more incrementally, and out in the field instead of in a laboratory, does not make it any less of a modification. The scientific method as applied to crop-rearing offers the same boons it has to all natural sciences, namely made it more rigorous and more conducive to human progress.
Soon, all public schools will be allowed to enroll all students, regardless of need, into a new federal entitlement: “free” school lunches. This is the second year of a three-year rollout for the program, embedded in Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
States and school systems around the country have been reformatting cafeteria menus, partly pushed by Michelle Obama’s 2010 “Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act,” which essentially has taxpayers triple-paying for the[...]
It has become part of American tradition to demonize industry, always framing it in the classic “little” versus “big” or “good” versus “evil” scenario. Regardless of the role that corporations[...]
“Drop that brownie, young lady! You’re in violation of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” A bit of rhetorical hyperbole? Actually, that might not be too much of an exaggeration[...]
The Christian Science Monitor had an excellent editorial ripping the campaign by the “Center for Science in the Public Interest” going after McDonald’s Happy Meal toys and even Ronald McDonald[...]