Farmers feeding their livestock genetically modified (GM) soy and corn, and people feeding themselves the same mix, might want to think twice now that a new study has found stomach and uterine changes in pigs given GM feed.
The first of its kind study — conducted to reflect “real world” feeding conditions — found GM-fed pigs had a 20 percent higher rate of severe stomach inflammation than pigs on a GM-free diet, and uteri that were 25% heavier. Why should you care? Pigs are physiologically similar to human beings, especially our gastrointestinal systems, and GM corn and soy are ubiquitous in the foods that most Americans consume from cradle to coffin.
Kind of amazing that after all this time of being told GMOs are safe, we're only now seeing some legit feeding trials.
I noticed MidWeek had a lengthy piece on feeding your face at Oasis on the Beach in Waipouli, though no mention was made at all of the dozens of iwi disturbed to build that resort. Perhaps because a reminder of the desecration might turn people's stomachs? Bon appetit!
The Kauai County Attorney's office is apparently keen to keep feeding the coffers of Honolulu law firms, seeing as how it has a whopping five requests before the County Council today for special counsel funds totaling $107,944. Gulp.
The total includes $29,944 for personnel matters related to the County Auditor's office and $26,000 to fight Councilman Tim Bynum's lawsuit against the county. Of that, $11,000 is earmarked to defend the defeated and disgraced former prosecutor, Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho. Looks like her attorneys are burning through the county's money fast, seeing as how the Council authorized an additional $10,000 for her defense just two weeks ago. Gag.
If these latest requests are approved, the county's expenditures will be hovering near $200,000 on the Bynum case, and it hasn't even gone to trial or settlement. Must be getting awfully close to hitting the county's insurance deductible, at which time County Attorney Al Castillo can wash his hands of a case he's afraid to settle because Shay might scream.
I really wouldn't mind, except I keep thinking of how the good folks at the Humane Society will have to kill hundreds, if not thousands, of cats because the Council didn't have enough money to fund a cat control program. Yet the county has a seemingly bottomless pit of cash for special counsel.
The resolution calling for a special investigation into the vacation rental debacle is on the Council agenda today, too. Council Chair Jay Furfaro helpfully delayed it long enough for the planning department to cook up a load of crap to feed the Council about how it's really gonna get its act together this time, so no need look too closely. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
What's that old saying, Jay? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me; fool me five or six times and I really should be forced to resign from county government, or at least as Council chair.
I don't think the votes are there for an investigation, and I can understand why some members are reluctant to pursue it. But surely they're aware of the elephant in the room. Just in case they aren't, though, I'll point it out them:
Not one of the 25 applicants investigated in the Abuse Chronicles provided the documents required by law to show they were eligible to receive a TVR certificate. Not one. Or to make it even clearer, we're looking at a 100 percent failure rate thus far.
So if people never proved they were eligible, do they still get to keep that valuable certificate for life?
I have a feeling this issue will be going on for a while, most likely extending into the next campaign season. And then the voters can decide if they're finally fed up — or willing to let the same little piggies keep feeding at the county trough.