PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 

Climate change is on the radar for rural voters in Iowa. Plus, the Senate impeachment rules.

2020Talks - January 21, 2020 

Candidates attended the Iowa Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, and answered tough questions about their records on race. It was MLK Day, and earlier many were in South Carolina marching together to the State Capitol.

Imported Food "Bad Apples" - "Eat Here" May be Safest

June 18, 2007

Sacramento, CA - Dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical, scallops and sardines with putrefying bacteria, and mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides -- those are three examples of more than 100 products from China that were destroyed or sent back by the Food and Drug Administration in April. And Brian Halweil with the Worldwatch Institute says keep in mind that the FDA only inspects about 1 percent of food imports to the U.S. He says as imports increase, safety risks do, too...

“The farther any food item travels, the less control you have over its quality, and the more likely it is that's something going to happen to it along the way.”

Halweil believes Californians have some of the best opportunities in the country to purchase diverse, local foods because of the state's friendly farm climate. The average Californian eats about 260 pounds of imported foods every year.

And he notes that buying local foods is promoted by the Department of Homeland Security because there's less chance for contamination or deliberate poisoning when food is local. If long-distance transportation systems are disrupted, so is the food supply unless it's local.

“When we depend on long-distance food, we're putting all our eggs in one basket. When we begin to shop at farmers' markets and buy locally, we're sort of spreading our eggs out.”

Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - CA