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The case of the caviar cover-up! Wisconsin’s top expert on sturgeon fish — dubbed the “sturgeon general” — was charged with obstructing an investigation into an illicit caviar ring — he and fellow biologists at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are alleged to have funneled fish eggs to a network of caviar processors. Apparently, every year after finishing their research on Lake Winnebago’s sturgeon, they took eggs, which are the property of the state of Wisconsin, to processors instead of throwing them away. In return, they got 20 to 30 jars of caviar annually from processors and disbursed it to as many as a dozen co-workers. The ring members are facing serious jail time if convicted because of their lies to investigators.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new analysis from the World Wildlife Fund lays out a plan to use the existing logistical infrastructure of the United States Postal Service to distribute millions of tons of food from farmers directly to consumers. Each year, an estimated 17 million tons of crops never leave the farm, despite millions of Americans living in […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer While humans have been domesticating crops for the past 10,000 years, we also need wild variants of the crops we cultivate as they have traits that make them more resistant to disease and resilient to environmental changes. We can breed these traits into our domesticated crops. But a new […]
A government report released last week raised alarm due to the high levels of heavy metals found in most baby foods. The House Oversight Committee reviewed documents provided by four of the largest baby food makers in the U.S. — and found that all four used ingredients containing high levels of arsenic, mercury, and lead.
Why This Matters: Even low levels of exposure to these metals can cause serious damage to brain development in kids.
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