Solution: Label GMO Food Locally

Ever since food became easier and more profitable to create by machinery the government has tried to regulate it in some sort of fashion. The first English regulation of such was the Assize of Bread and Ale around the year 1266. In America the first endeavour into regulating food came in 1862 when President Lincoln launched the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Chemistry. These two organizations operated in what today we call the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the Agriculture Department. Later on in 1906 the Pure Food and Drugs Act was passed and what we now call the Food and Drug Administration was formed. Through these early regulatory adoptions it was aimed to raise the standards in food and their truthfulness in packaging. The nutrition labels that we all now know were mandated in 1990 through the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) and amended by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) of 2004.

But how far do we go in demanding how manufacturers produce and label their food? Specifically speaking, how far can we go on a federal level? On a state level? Already, we have numerous states with specific laws for food that is imported or exported from that state  above and beyond the federal requirements.

This raises a question: should we rely on one-size-fits-all mandates from D.C.? Or would we be better served allowing states to determines the extent of their food labeling?

Considering the way big agribusiness manipulates the federal system, we might want to consider a more decentralized approach.

On March 26th President Obama signed HR 933 – called the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 – into law to stop the shutdown of the American government. Buried in this bill, we find the Farmer Assurance Provision – aka the “Monsanto Protection Act.” Lawmakers sneaked in Section 735 giving special privileges to companies that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMO), even allowing them to continue producing crops even if a court finds them harmful – which very well may not entirely be the case. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said that he will introduce legislation in the Farm Bill of 2013 to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act.

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Arizona: AIMS Failed And So Will PARCC and Common Core

Benjamin Franklin said, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” I think that we can all agree that education is paramount to a successful society and that it would behoove us to create a system that promotes and accelerates. However, how do we ensure that our children are best educated?

There is a new program on the block that is getting snapped up by schools around the country called the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). In Arizona the AIMS test has been struck out and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has taken its place which uses the CCSSI platform. As of right now the teachers have been getting trained of how to teach a CCSSI based classroom. Next Governor Brewer must sign AZ HB2047 to allow the PARCC test be the new standardized test for Arizona. The third phase is for the PARCC test scores to be shared with the federal and other state governments to continue to standardize the test. AZ HB2563 requires the AZ State Board to enforce the PARCC testing. Neither HB2047 or HB2563 have been signed into law but Governor Brewer’s aide Matthew Benson stated, “At the heart of Common Core is the notion of implementing more stringent internationally benchmarked standards. She is 100 percent supportive of the concept.”

If we can encourage our politicians to vote NAY on HB2047 and HB2563, we’ve effectively stopped the Phase II of the implementation of the Common Core.

Debra Goodwin here at TAC has written a good overview of CCSSI and why it is bad in her article called Common Core: An Attack on Freedom and What to Do About it. Columnist Michelle Malkin wrote, “For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. Progressive reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with fuzzy math, inventive spelling and multi-cultural claptrap.”

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Alaska Legislation Would Nullify Indefinite Detention

The Last Frontier state, Alaska, has now joined in to say that they will not allow the NDAA to be implemented within its 663,268 square miles, and some 731,000 citizens.

Alaska is the latest states to fight back against unconstitutional acts such as the NDAA, federal gun laws, the REAL-ID Act of 2005, and even the Authorization for Use of Military Force (the authorization from Congress in 2001 that has been used as a justification for the War on Terror).

SB75 was introduced by Alaska Senator Coghill on March, 11, 2013.

This bill seeks to prohibit the use of Alaska state assets to aid or implement a multitude of federal encroachment that may violate any of the Bill of Rights. The legislation specifically mentions a person’s right to due process (5th Amendment), the REAL ID Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-13, Division B), National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (secs. 1021 and 1022, P.L. 112-81), National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (secs. 1021 – 1028, P.L. 112-239), and lastly the Authorization for Use of Military Force (P.L. 107-40).

The law would prohibit any Alaska funds, facilities, equipment, services, or other resources of a state agency to be used to strip its citizens of their rights.

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Florida Medical Marijuana Bill SB1250 Gaining Support

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Marijuana, pot, weed, Mary Jane, chronic, or Dagga – whatever you want to call it it has been contested in American culture for decades now.

Is it good or bad?

Recently, citizens in numerous states have come to the conclusion that legalizing marijuana for medical use is right for them, despite federal prohibitions on medicinal cannabis.

In Florida, State Senator Jeff Clemens has introduced SB1250 – alternatively called the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.

Jordan’s home was raided because she was using medical marijuana to help with her Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

This bill would allow any qualifying patient to hold an identification card allowing the patient (or their caregiver) to “possess and use paraphernalia for a specified purpose.” All marijuana would need to be obtained from a dispensary or an official cannibis farm. Florda State Representative, Katie Edwards, has also introduced a companion House bill, HB1139.

Jodi James, the executive director of the Florida Cannabis Action Network (FLCAN) told the Tampa Bay Times, “We know the public is not opposed to making cannabis available. The polls are all going in that direction.”

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