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Vermont Edition
3:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

What We Talk About When We Talk About GMOs

A protest on World Environment Day, Wednesday June 5, 2013, in Quezon, Philippines. A coalition called "Green Moms" advocates organic foods to show their opposition to a genetically modified rice variety known as "Golden Rice."
Bullit Marquez AP

Vermont is poised to pass a GMO labeling bill before the end of the session. The labeling issue is framed as a right to know what's in our food. But that's not the only thing people talk about when they argue about GMOs. There's also a controversy about whether GMOs might be bad for our health, or whether enough research has even been done on the health effects. And there's an argument over whether GMOs lead to an overuse of herbicides, which in turn may create species of super-weeds. Or whether GMOs help farmers use fewer insecticides and till the soil less often.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Toxic Labeling: Who Should Decide?

A recently passed Senate bill would give the state health department jurisdiction over labeling or banning products containing toxic chemicals.
Rick Bowmer AP

When consumer products such as carpeting, jewelry or cosmetics contain toxic chemicals, who should decide how they should be labeled or if they should banned?

A bill passed by the Senate would give that authority to the state health department. But the House version limits that jurisdiction to just children’s products. And industry leaders would like to further limit its reach.

Bill-sponsor State Senator Kevin Mullin of Rutland and Associated Industries of Vermont Vice President William Driscoll discuss the pros and cons of the bill.

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Vermont Edition
1:35 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Spring Gardening Show

Looking north over the Putney School vegetable garden in 2010.
Putney Pics Flickr

Spring is finally here! Or... well...almost. But it is definitely time to start planning garden beds, preparing the soil, and dreaming of the gardening season ahead.

We'll talk with gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi about the lingering effects of the cold winter, the right time for pruning, new varieties of perennial flowers, and any questions you might have.

Join the conversation: post comments and questions below or write to vermontedition@vpr.net

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Progressive Legislative Roundup

House Progressive Caucus leader Representative Chris Pearson.
VPR/Peter Hirschfeld

When the 2014 legislative session started, leaders in the Progressive Party were expressing concern with some of the policies of Governor Shumlin. How do they feel about the Governor now as the session winds down?

We’ll talk with the House Progressive Caucus leader, Burlington Representative Chris Pearson, and with Enosburg Representative Cindy Weed and Senator David Zuckerman about the progressive legislative priorities for the end of the session.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Return Of The Stay-At-Home Mom

After decades of decline, the percentage of stay-at-home moms is on the rise.
Jupiterimages Thinkstock

In 1970, nearly half of all mothers stayed home to raise their children. In the next several decades though, more and more women returned to work after having children. Pew Research Center has released a new study that shows the number of stay-at-home moms has risen to 29 percent.

D’Vera Cohn, senior writer for Pew Research, and Kathryn Flagg, staff writer for Seven Days, discuss the findings and why we’re seeing a return to stay-at-home parenting.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Provenence Of Produce: New Ideas In Buying Local Food

AP Dean Fosdick

When it comes to eating local, the very definition of “local” is changing. Movers and shakers in the local food movement are reframing the concept of local food from being strictly about mileage to one that incorporates a set of implied values — like how the workers or animals were treated, and land stewardship.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Herpetology Today: What Our Amphibians And Reptiles Are Up To

A red eft, or eastern newt, frolics in the Vermont environment.
Jane Lindholm VPR

The long-awaited spring has arrived. And for herpetologists, it’s like baseball’s opening day.

Snakes, salamanders, toads, turtles and frogs are either on the move or about to venture out from their winter hiding places. Choruses of critters will soon be in full voice, and we’ll all be reveling in the songs of peepers.

Jim Andrews, Coordinator of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, brings into focus what’s going on around us.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Sugar Free: Life Without The Sweet Stuff

Last week the staff at VPR celebrated "Cake Week." This cake likely had well more than the daily recommended dose of sugar.
Patti Daniels VPR

The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. That’s more than three times what’s recommended by the American Heart Association.

Much of that extra sugar comes from foods we don’t think of as sweet: it’s added to things like tomato sauce and bacon and low-fat salad dressings.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

One Month To Go: Legislative Update

House Chamber seen from the visitor's gallery at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier.
Toby Talbot AP

Lawmakers say they need four to five weeks to finish the business of this legislative biennium. That puts a deadline on the bills that will pass and those that won't. Legislators, lobbyists and activists continue to work on issues like banning on drivers using cell phones, requiring GMO products to be labeled, consolidating school systems, and requiring paid sick days. 

We talk with some of Vermont’s best Statehouse reporters learn the details. The panel is Neal Goswami of the Vermont Press Bureau, Terry Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press and VPR's Peter Hirschfeld.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Update With Attorney General Bill Sorrell

Bill Sorrell discusses a raft of issues facing his office.
Toby Talbot AP

The Attorney General’s office is wrangling with a number of key issues right now, including GMO labeling legislation and the Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans and fund.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell will discuss these issues as well as campaign financing, patent trolling and recent law enforcement officer-involved shootings.

Also on the program, Northeast Kingdom poet Leland Kinsey discusses his seventh and newest book of poetry, Winter Ready.

Broadcast live on Thursday, April 10 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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