Breyer's ice cream and marketing team has long maintained it's standing as one of the few "all natural" ice creams available to the masses. They proudly touted an ingredient's label that only contained a few ingredients such as cream, sugar, and eggs. However, that is all swiftly changing. The Breyer's brand will no longer be able to claim it's all natural standing. In fact, they have changed their design so much that the product cannot even be called ice cream anymore. Frozen Dairy ... Continue Reading
Breyer’s will now be selling their key flavors as “frozen dairy dessert” instead of ice cream.
The food industry wants to remove the term “artificially sweetened” from its jellies/jams in lieu of a less-controversial term.
Big business makes its way into politics in many different ways. A recent example is how the food industry is pushing the FDA to remove the words "artificially sweetened" in jellies and jams. Here is an overview of what exactly this proposition would do to the consumer and the benefits to the jelly and jam industry. Who is proposing these new changes? First things first, who is proposing these new changes to the FDA? A citizen petition submitted by the International Jelly and ... Continue Reading
That 100% fruit juice drink isn’t just juice from a fruit.
Many parents feel they are offering their children a nutritious beverage when they head to the juice aisle of the grocery store. Looking down the aisle you see many products touting that they are "100% Fruit Juice". This seems a healthy choice, right? Fruit is great for children, so why not 100% fruit products? Sadly, when you reach for the 100% fruit product you may not be getting exactly what you intended. What is 100% Fruit Juice? This question may seem silly on the surface. Of course ... Continue Reading
Is drug testing by pharmaceutical companies overseas ethical and relevant?
With profits reaching into the billions, the United States pharmaceutical industry is one that continues to try to grow and expand. Pharmaceutical companies rely on doctors, the medical community, the FDA, and CDC to promote the safety of their drugs as well as encourage the use of their products. How do they do this? The answer is through drug trials. These drug manufacturers must prove that their solutions are both safe and effective before they can hit the marketplace and reap big profits. ... Continue Reading
A guide to tax increases resulting from the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.
With the Bush Era tax rates expiring at the end of 2012, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. What exactly does this act mean to the taxpayer? Will you see tax increases this year? If so, how much and for whom? Here is a rundown of the changes that you will see in 2013 payroll and income taxes. Please note that income in headlines are quoted for individual earners, you will find married, and head of household, amounts in the summary. For All Income Earners Regardless of ... Continue Reading
Is it safe to introduce genetically-modified mosquitos into the population?
Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys are awaiting approval from the federal government to begin releasing hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes to stop the spread of dengue fever. How would it work? Simple. The modified mosquitoes are designed to die before maturity. The idea is that these mosquitoes will go out into the population and breed with other non-modified mosquitoes. This self-destructive gene will be passed on to the baby mosquitoes and the offspring ... Continue Reading
Genetically engineered salmon may soon be available at restaurants and markets.
On December 21, the US Food and Drug Administration released a draft environmental assessment finding that genetically engineered (GE) AquaAdvantage salmon pose no risk to the environment. This takes GE Salmon one step closer to ending up on your dinner table. So is it safe? The document claimed that the salmon "will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States." It also claimed that the GE salmon, the first ever intended for human consumption ... Continue Reading
The 2012 elections were record-breaking in terms of women in politics.
The election heralded in some pretty significant milestones for women in politics this year. In fact, this was a history-making election for women in the Senate. Prior to this year’s election we had 17 women senators. However, the 2012 elections took it even further. There are now a total of 20 women in the U.S. Senate, which is a record-breaking number. Massachusetts elected their first female Senator in the state’s history this year when Democrat Elizabeth Warren beat out Republican ... Continue Reading
Learn the outcomes of some of the most controversial and interesting measures to come from the 2012 elections.
You are all probably aware of the results of the 2012 Presidential election results. President Barack Obama will stay in office, Democrats have majority control of the Senate, Republicans retain majority control in the House, and Republicans still have majority seats in the State Governor positions. However, there was much more to this election than election of governmental officials. Each state had a series of State Ballot Measures on which citizens voted. There was also a 3rd party ... Continue Reading
The latest polling results for the 2012 presidential race.
This year’s election has been one that has run pretty close for the majority of the presidential race on the national polls. In fact, you can see how close the polls have been, and currently are, at the CNN Polling Center. The results for this final week pushing into next week’s elections have actually been tighter than ever! Here are the most recent polling results on a national scale so you can have an idea just how close the race is currently running. October 29th National Poll ... Continue Reading