PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 

President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.

2021Talks - June 18, 2021 

The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

G-E Whiz: Judge Says G-E Crops Need More Study

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

 By Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Contact
February 15, 2007

Companies touting genetically-engineered crops say they're safe for people and the environment, but that's not a guarantee. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer has ordered additional research before "G-E" alfalfa can be planted in the United States this season.

Dean Hulse with the Western Organization of Resource Councils says consumer studies have repeatedly shown people are uncomfortable with the idea of genetically modified crops, but it's the first time a federal court has agreed that there are valid concerns about their environmental impact.

"At least somebody in our system of checks and balances understands that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has got to do a better job of regulating these G-E crops, rather than just trying to rush transgenic crops to market that benefit largely the seed seller and gives another market for Round-Up brand herbicide.

The ruling concerns "Round-Up Ready," an alfalfa brand of the St. Louis-based Monsanto Company. Hulse says small farmers can't afford the expensive testing needed to prove their seed hasn't been contaminated with the G-E crop. Such contamination means the loss of sales not only overseas, but domestically, to organic dairy and livestock operations. Monsanto says G-E alfalfa is profitable for growers, and that the company has done its own testing to verify its safety.

Best Practices