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Leid Stories—Obey This Executive Order: Free Your Mind!—01.27.17

We continue yesterday’s discussion on Donald Trump’s calamitous debut as president and indications, based on his free-wheeling actions this week, that the situation likely will remain messy for a long, long time.
It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories. Call 888-874-4888 and share your thoughts.

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Jonathan Latham, PhD – There’s Nothing Parochial About the Issue of GMO Food Labeling

The GMO labeling issue has quieted down some but there is still plenty to discuss. Just this week the USDA proposed its definition of a GMO for labeling purposes and it includes loopholes for gene editing. However, it is also possible for reasonable people to imagine that GMO labeling is a sideshow to the real business of the food movement. …

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Andrea Germanos – On Day One, Trump’s WhiteHouse.gov Scrubs Every Mention of Combating Climate Change

Soon after Donald Trump took his oath as the 45the President of the United States, the new White House web page for his administration went up. Among the key differences from the previous administration’s—the lack of any reference to the threat of climate change. While climate change was listed as a top issue on the Obama White House official site, …

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The Natural Nurse And Dr. Z – A Guide to Edible and Medicinal Plants – 07.12.16

Ellen Kamhi PhD, RN, www.naturalnurse.com, interviews herbalist, Heather Houskeeper . Heather Houskeeper is a Certified Herbalist, Long-Distance Hiker and author. Her second book in the Botanical Hiker Series: A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail System, is our show topic . She has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, North Carolina’s Mountains to Sea Trail twice, and was the first person documented to hike New York’s 1000 mile Finger Lakes Trail System in one continuous trek. When not woods rambling or pulling back the petals on a botanical find, she educates and guides others into the natural world through plant walks and workshops. Learn more about Heather at www.TheBotanicalHiker.blogspot.com

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US national forests and grasslands could yield less water in future climate

A warmer climate may lead to higher growth and productivity on U.S. national forests and grasslands, but university and U.S. Forest Service researchers say this could reduce quantities of freshwater flowing from most of these lands, even with increases in precipitation. Results were published in Scientific Reports. “The national forests and grasslands managed by the U.S. Forest Service represent only …

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Robots will cut 25% of US jobs in 4 years, transform workforce – report

The encroachment of self-help kiosks and grocery store scanners has led doomsayers to suggest automation threatens the workforce of the future. A new report argues it will create new business sectors and new jobs as well. By studying large companies in various industries, from Delta Airlines Inc. to Whole Foods Market Inc., as well as many startups, analysts have forecast …