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eaglebeaky - Susan Rice Flashback: Bergdahl Served ‘With Honor and Distinction’ - Quincy, IL News - Q
I'm not "playing devils advocate"... The fact of the matter is, as of right now Bergdahl has not been convicted of treason, and we don't try people in absentia. Personally, I do think he's (more than likely) guilty of the crimes that he has been charged with... And actually as far as I'm concerned that's all the MORE reason that we DID need to get him back, so that he WILL…
GuyFawkes10 - Parents want ability to opt kids out of state tests - Quincy, IL News -
We have a winner.
eaglebeaky - Susan Rice Flashback: Bergdahl Served ‘With Honor and Distinction’ - Quincy, IL News - Q
OK, that's fair. But then what's the answer? ( I personally think he's guilty, but that's neither here nor there.) If we leave him there, we're breaking a very important promise that we make to everyone who enlists -- not to leave our own people behind. But if he's guilty, and you're saying we should've left him there? Where is his accountability (and the…
migraine_in_qcy - Susan Rice Flashback: Bergdahl Served ‘With Honor and Distinction’ - Quincy, IL News - Q
If Bergdahl were convicted of treason, would we still be obligated to get him back? What if he publicly renounced his citizenship? What if he were captured on camera shooting at American troops? At what point in your mind does America no longer owe him? Do you really think there are innocents being held in Gitmo? Just random Afghani's that were minding their own business herding goats or something,…
pjohnf - Illinois bill would bar public funds for graduation speakers - Quincy, IL News -
Welch, D-Hillside, criticized the proposal, saying it's "micromanaging." Call it whatever you want Welch, apparently the legislature isn't providing enough oversight on university budgets since they waste tax dollars on commencement speakers. It's a good bill and should be passed to help rein in wasteful government spending.

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10 months ago Mary Soukup, Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork

Technology's role in agriculture continues to be debated

From Mary Soukup, Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork :

The world population is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050. That’s not disputed. Feeding all those hungry people will require more food produced using less land and less water. That’s a fact. In fact, over the next 50 years, farmers and ranchers will have to produce more food than has been produced in the past 10,000 years combined. That’s a lot to wrap one’s mind around.

But it’s the “how do we do that” issue that was the focus of the 2014 National Institute for Animal Agriculture annual conference in early May. According to a recently released white paper from the conference, reliance on the “Precautionary Principle” could prevent the adoption of new technologies to help agriculture meet growing food demand based perceived concerns and subjective biases rather than fact and science.

The precautionary principle is a decision-making principle designed to initiate preventative action as a response to scientific uncertainty, shift the burden of proof to the proponents of a potentially harmful activity, explore alternative means to achieve the same goal, and involve stakeholders in the decision-making process. In practical terms, it’s a political tool used to block innovation.

The white paper identifies an often-quoted definition of the principle developed by a group of environmentalists in the 1990s that said “When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not established scientifically…It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action.” Or according to one speaker at the conference, when the principle is “selectively applied to politically disfavored technologies and conduct,” it is used as a “barrier to technological development and economic growth.”

What does this have to do with animal agriculture? Well-funded opposition is increasingly working to influence legislation and regulation, and undermine consumer confidence in food safety for genetically engineered ingredients, according to the white paper. The paper highlighted a nearly two-decades’ old effort to obtain approval for a genetically modified salmon that has been held up by activists and their attorneys based on economic and social concerns, not science. Further, the result is causing some technology companies to move overseas to places like China and Brazil.

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