Commentary- Is Our Food Safe to Eat?

Nearly 70 percent of processed food in the U-S contains genetically engineered ingredients, much of which comes from corn and soybeans grown in the Great Lakes States. Conscious Choice Magazine publisher, Jim Slama, says that no one knows for sure whether those ingredients are harming consumers because none of those ingredients face stringent safety testing:

No Simple Answer Behind Gas Hikes

The government, politicians, and oil companies are all busy blaming each other for high gasoline prices in the Midwest. Each points to a simple explanation. But… the real answer is about as clear as crude oil. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Lester Graham reports on some of the factors behind the gasoline price hikes in the Midwest:


The Environmental Protection Agency recently recommended banning an ingredient commonly used in gasoline. The additive, called methyl tertiary butyl ether, or M-T-B-E, has drastically helped reduce air pollution. But it’s also leaking from gas tanks and contaminating groundwater. Banning M-T-B-E is proving to be no simple task. In the second of a two part series, The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Julie Halpert reports on the heated deliberations:


Just a few years ago, the EPA and environmentalists were heralding an additive used in gasoline for drastically reducing air toxics emissions. Now, the chemical, methyl tertiary butyl ether, or M-T-B-E, is being blamed for contaminating groundwater all over the country. And Congress is scrambling to write legislation to ban it. In the first of a two part series, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Julie Halpert takes a look back into the history of this controversial chemical:

Commentary- Too Much Stuff

Now that the warm weather is here, the season of the yard sale has begun. From now until the first frost of fall, bargain shoppers will be cruising the neighborhood on Saturday mornings in search of recycled gold. And even while this consumer craze is gaining momentum, Great Lakes Radio Consortium commentator Suzanne Elston wonders what would happen if they held a yard sale, and nobody came?