3:35pm ET - Back in 2010,
thousands of people across the country became sick after eating tainted eggs,
peanut butter and spinach, and as a result Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act which gave the Food and Drug Administration new powers to
prevent additional outbreaks and ensure the safety of our food supply. However despite the fact that the
Congressional Budget Office said the F.D.A. would need a total of $580 million
from 2011 to 2015 to carry out the changes required by law, Congress has
appropriated less than half of that amount.
Joining us today to discuss the budget shortfalls of the F.D.A. and how
this affects the safety of our food supply is Colin O’Neil the director of government affairs for Center for Food Safety. You can also follow Colin on twitter.
4:35pm ET - Last Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water use reductions for the first time in California’s history, saying the state’s four-year drought had reached near-crisis proportions after a winter of record-low snowfalls. The executive order, directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25 percent reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90 percent of California residents, over the coming year. Joining us today to discuss this punishing drought and the unprecedented measures the state announced to compel people to reduce water consumption is Dr. Peter H. Gleick the President and Co-founder of the Pacific Institute. You can also follow Dr. Gleick on twitter.
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