Friday, January 06, 2006

Roots

Hey, the Secretary of Agriculture says that chicken is safe! One might be excused for taking such assurances with a grain of salt, considering the USDA's habitual vigilance in other areas:

biotechnology regulators did not always notice violations of their own rules, did not inspect planting sites when they should have and did not assure that the genetically engineered crops were destroyed when the field trial was done. In many cases, the report said, regulators did not even know the locations of field trials for which they granted permits. [story | OIG report (75 p. pdf)]

Meanwhile, even McDonald's has realized that the FDA's Mad Cow "plan" is a load of shit. They must have sent all the competent people to Iraq.

Not fair. Of course, there are plenty of good people working for the man, doing things like cataloging Kazak apples. We'd all be starving to death without these people, don't forget it.

As long as we're talking about regulators and plant breeders, this is a good explanation of why GM crops must be tested for toxicity more stringently than their conventional counterparts. Not that you care, but it is a common argument that this constitutes some kind of crippling over-regulation.

And as long as we're talking about douchebags, Google AdSense is onto me:

Just imagine what the NSA knows.

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