WBEZ | GMOs http://www.wbez.org/tags/gmos Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Bill urges federal government to label GMO food http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-02-18/morning-shift-bill-urges-federal-government-label-gmo-food-111579 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/USDAgov.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Flickr/USDAgov" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/191789162&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Gov. Rauner Budget Address preview</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will finally provide details on his plans to deal with the state&rsquo;s many fiscal challenges when he delivers his first budget address Wednesday. The governor has more than hinted at his spending priorities since being elected but just how much he can get done in a legislature with a democratic super majority remains to be seen. WBEZ State Politics Reporter Tony Arnold provides some insight into how the process might unfold.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">Tony Arnold</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/191789160&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Illinois sees boost in solar industry jobs</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The refrain from Illinois&rsquo; governor down to the candidates running for Chicago mayor is more jobs are needed to help the economy grow. But what kinds of jobs? How about the solar energy sector? According to a <a href="http://pre.thesolarfoundation.org/solarstates#il">new report</a> by the Solar Foundation, the industry continues to exceed growth expectations. In the Foundation&rsquo;s annual survey, Illinois ranks 12th in the number of people employed in the solar industry. We host Alex Winn, a Solar Foundation program director with more.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/alex_winn">Alex Winn</a> is a Program Director with the <a href="https://twitter.com/solarfound">Solar Foundation.</a></em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/191789156&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Food Wednesday: GMOs</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Last week three Congressmen and a chef reintroduced a house bill urging the federal government to label food made with genetically engineered ingredients. State initiatives to label these foods have gained steam in recent years, passing or narrowly failing in several states already. Illinois also has a pending bill. But a competing bill in Congress aims to nullify these state measures. Should Americans know if their food contains genetically engineered ingredients? Joining us to talk to us about it are Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo who sponsored one of the bills and Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio who co-sponsored the most recent bill.</p></div><p><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests: </strong><a href="https://twitter.com/reppeterdefazio"><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Congressman&nbsp;</em></a><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><a href="https://twitter.com/reppeterdefazio">Peter DeFazio</a> (D) represents&nbsp;</em><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Oregon&#39;s 4th-District. &nbsp;</em></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/RepMikePompeo"><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Congressman&nbsp;</em></a><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><a href="https://twitter.com/RepMikePompeo">Mike Pompeo</a> (R) represents the 4th-District in Kansas.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/191789152&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Marie Antoinette hits Steppenwolf stage</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Before Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, there was Marie Antoinette. In David Adjmi&rsquo;s contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France&rsquo;s love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. We discuss the debut of this story on the Steppenwolf stage with director Robert O&rsquo;Hara.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><a href="https://twitter.com/robertoharany">Robert O&#39;Hara</a> directs&nbsp;</em><em><a href="https://twitter.com/SteppenwolfThtr">Steppenwolf Theatre</a>&#39;s production -&nbsp;</em><em><a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/productions/index.aspx?id=624">Marie Antoinette</a>.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/191789148&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Reclaimed Soul</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Reclaimed Soul host Ayana Contreras shares some of the vintage vinyl she picked up on her recent vacation to Paris and to Cape Coast, Ghana.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/ReclaimedSoul">Ayana Contreras</a> hosts Reclaimed Soul on <a href="https://twitter.com/Vocalo">Vocalo.</a></em></p></p> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-02-18/morning-shift-bill-urges-federal-government-label-gmo-food-111579 EcoMyths: Is organic food overrated? http://www.wbez.org/series/ecomyths/ecomyths-organic-food-overrated-104933 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/organic%20food.jpg" title="Cabbages, salad greens, radishes and broccoli are among the selection of organic produce on sale at a Whole Foods Market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)" /></div><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75061988"></iframe>As the mid-winter chill sets in, a tangy tasting ripe tomato with sweet fresh basil leaves can easily bring summer to mind. But often, grocery-store tomatoes don&rsquo;t taste good at all times of year and fresh basil is expensive.&nbsp; So how do we find and choose good produce year-round?&nbsp; In this latest <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/ecomyths"><em>EcoMyths</em></a> segment, <em>Worldview&#39;s</em> Jerome McDonnell and I talked with sustainability expert, Environmental Studies Professor <a href="http://csh.depaul.edu/departments/environmental-science-studies/faculty-and-staff/Pages/willard.aspx">Barbara Willard</a>, of DePaul University.&nbsp; Barb knows the process of buying healthy, sustainable produce year-round can be confusing - there are so many factors we&#39;ve been told to consider.&nbsp; She helped us explore the conventional wisdom and tease apart the variables, including: local vs. imported, organically versus conventionally grown, and purchasing versus growing your own.&nbsp; She simplified the process of sourcing fresh produce year-round to some key factors in your buying decision.</p><p>So why is it important to buy locally-grown foods? &ldquo;Food miles&rdquo; is the term used to describe the carbon generated in transporting produce to market.&nbsp; But Willard reminds us that it is not just transportation miles we should consider when calculating the carbon footprint of a pepper - it is also production: was a lot of heavy equipment used to plant and harvest it? Was chemical fertilizer used? Was the product transported by truck?&nbsp; Even if the produce was grown at a local farm, all these components can create a large carbon footprint.&nbsp; If food miles are important to you, it is good to know the farming practices of the grower from which you buy your fruits and vegetables.&nbsp; The lowest carbon footprint tends to occur with farms that do not use chemical fertilizer, minimize use of fossil fuel-powered vehicles, and travel the shortest distance to market.</p><p>Buying organic is widely understood to have environmental benefits too, but why? &ldquo;Organic&rdquo; simply means crops grown with natural fertilizers and pest-control methods rather than with synthetic chemicals.&nbsp; The benefit of eating organic produce is that it reduces or eliminates chemicals in both the food and the environment from the source.&nbsp; Only foods with the USDA seal are certified as having been raised using truly organic methods.&nbsp; Also, Willard reminds us that many people think organic food tastes better, due to the lower chemical content.&nbsp; The Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides a list of conventionally-grown foods to avoid due to chemical content - they believe these foods should be purchased in the organic section of the store instead.&nbsp; <a href="http://ecomythsalliance.org/2012/11/why-go-organic/">Produce myths are explored</a> and the EWG tips can be found on the <a href="http://ecomythsalliance.org/"><em>EcoMyth Alliance&#39;s</em></a> website or on the <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/">EWG Shoppers Guide</a> on their website.&nbsp; EWG also has an iPhone app (available <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dirty-dozen/id312336368?mt=8">here</a>) that tells you what foods are best to buy organic: &ldquo;The Dirty Dozen&rdquo; and also those that are safe to buy conventionally grown, &ldquo;The Clean 15&rdquo;.</p><p>As with organic, many people feel that eating foods when they are in season is the tastier choice. Willard encourages us to grow our own vegetables, both for the fun of it and for better tasting food.&nbsp; She even gives us tips on what to grow in the winter months (kale, spinach, herbs) and how to do it (outdoors under a hoop house).</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" height="260" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/organics%20hoop%20house.jpg" title="Growing spinach as a winter crop in a hoop house. (Photo by Barb Willard)" width="463" /></div><p>With these rules of thumb in mind: local, organic, and seasonal, I now feel inspired to go shopping!&nbsp;</p><p>For more information on these topics, see EcoMyths&rsquo; latest myth article: <a href="http://ecomythsalliance.org/2013/01/sustainable-produce/">&ldquo;Is Sustainable Food Out of Reach?</a>&rdquo; on the EcoMyths Alliance website.&nbsp; Other helpful resources are shown below:</p><p>-Michal Pollan Video, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GyIhXNilcg">Serious Sustainability</a>&rdquo;</p><p>-GoTo2040 Video: &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbTxNkVdM38">Planning for a Sustainable Local Food System</a>&rdquo;<br /><br />-Earth 911 Slideshow of Winter Produce, by region - <a href="http://earth911.com/news/2011/01/10/your-local-guide-to-winter-produce/">http://earth911.com/news/2011/01/10/your-local-guide-to-winter-produce/</a></p><p>-Pick Your Own: List of crop calendars by state - <a href="http://www.pickyourown.org/US_crop_harvest_calendars.php">http://www.pickyourown.org/US_crop_harvest_calendars.php</a></p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/ecomyths/ecomyths-organic-food-overrated-104933