Author Archives: Ted Sheely

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The Port Slow-Down was an Unnecessary Economic and Humanitarian Disaster

The Port Slow-Down was an Unnecessary Economic and Humanitarian Disaster

The ports on the West Coast are open for business again—and not a moment too soon. Technically, they never closed, though for months they’ve suffered from a work slowdown that has sucked billions of dollars from the U.S. economy. Last weekend, employers and union leaders reached a tentative agreement on a new, five-year contract that […]

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Just Say No to Washington State Labeling Initiative

As voters in Washington state go to the ballot box on November 5 to consider special labels for foods with genetically-modified ingredients, I have a single thought: I’ve seen this movie before. A year ago, I was caught in the middle of my own state’s battle over labels, in an election that saw a majority […]


No Labeling Needed When Consumers Know the Whole Truth

Shop at Whole Foods. Spend your Whole Paycheck. That’s the popular description of the upscale grocery store. Last year, in a Consumer Reports survey, Whole Foods tied with Jewel-Osco as America’s most expensive supermarket. Now its prices almost certainly will go up. Whole Foods announced on March 8 that starting in 2018, it will require […]


Salmon-Lovers Unite: Help Science Trump Politics

If you enjoy the taste and healthy benefits of salmon, and appreciate that it is available to you, you may want to share your thoughts with the federal government as soon as possible. Why?   Because the Food and Drug Administration just declared that genetically modified salmon “is as safe as food from conventional Atlantic salmon,” […]


Truth Beats False Food Politics

California voters sent a loud-and-clear message to special interests and anti-biotech agitators last week: Keep your hands off our food. The rejection of Proposition 37, a deeply flawed ballot initiative, shows that an informed electorate can make wise choices about food policy. In the face of a propaganda campaign that relied on junk science and […]


A Costly California Food Labeling Proposal

The state of California is all but bankrupt–yet professional activists have figured out a way to send us even further into hock, with a costly food-labeling proposition that will appear on the ballot this November. They want tens of thousands of common grocery-store items to carry special labels that indicate biotech ingredients. The referendum may […]

A Call For Common Sense Biotech Crop Regulation

So I always make sure this paperwork is done properly and submitted ahead of schedule. Perhaps you experience something similar on April 15, as you scramble to pay taxes. It would be nice if the government returned the favor by performing important work in a timely manner. Unfortunately, its refusal to do so now threatens […]

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