Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Some articles I will eventually comment on:

What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Food

Be sure to read the "Myth: Mandatory GE labeling would increase consumer choice."

"All certified-organic products don't contain any GE ingredients. The United States' current voluntary labeling system probably provides more choice for consumers. ...Consumers can assume that virtually all unlabeled food products may contain engineered ingredients if any ingredient is made from corn or soybeans. While this system is not perfect and may lead to consumer confusion and some misleading or inaccurate label claims, Americans probably have more choice at the grocery store than consumers in any country with mandatory labeling."

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Commitments

Good stuff--Sometimes you face impossible tasks. "Trying to defeat reality is an exercise in futility... reality always wins."
Get a handle on how long tasks take.
Get more sleep (I would add, and more exercise)
There is an intrinsic benefit of routines. Reduce the sheer number of conscious decisions you must make every day.

Farmer's Fight With Monsanto Reaches The Supreme Court
"Bowman uses Roundup Ready soybeans for his main crop, which he plants in the spring, and he signs a standard agreement not to save any of his harvest and replant it the next year. Monsanto demands exclusive rights to supply that seed." But for his second, more risky planting, "... he bought some ordinary soybeans from a small grain elevator where local farmers drop off their harvest." He planted these. Monsanto says this is illegal.

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling
Another one just chock full of good stuff.
#7. Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
Also 2 and 8.

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