As you may know, the USDA approved the GMO apple that doesn't turn brown when left out in the air, despite the many comments they received against such approval, but that doesn't mean we can't put pressure on food sellers who might sell GMO apples, and so Food and Water Watch helps you tell fast-food corporations to reject the GMO apple when considering what to sell at their eateries. You may well be asking yourself, self, why are we bothering with fast-food purveyors? But in fact we have good reasons to do that: fast-food corporations actually do sell a lot of apples, and will sell more as they work harder to shed their reputation as a place where you can only get food that's bad for you. And a lot of people eat fast food, because it's cheap, so a lot of working families are going to wind up getting exposed to GMO apples if the fast-food corporations decide to sell them. For fast-food corporations, of course, rejecting the GMO apple benefits their PR karma more than it affects their bottom line. So this could be a win for everyone, which is nice when it happens.
Meanwhile, BP may still face civil penalties nearing $14 billion for their role in taking a massive oil dump in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010 -- but they may yet push a significant chunk of those penalties onto we-the-taxpayers. Funny thing, how corporations get to deduct their fines and penalties as "expenses" and thus get a big chunk of those fines and penalties knocked off their tax bill, which essentially means the taxpayer pays them! Now, a more cynical person would use that news as an excuse to throw up his hands and say, see? Government doesn't work! Just let the oil companies do what they want, since that's what they do anyway! But we reject cynicism here, so we see it a little differently -- as in, why should we force taxpayers to pay for some corporation's neglect? Hence PennPIRG helps you tell the Justice Department to prevent BP, or any other corporation, from deducting fines and payments resulting from misconduct off their taxes. Why? Because it's the right thing to do, and you'd hate to live in an America where you couldn't do the right thing.
Posted by: Denny | 2017.07.17 at 09:43 AM