TSA Changes Pat-Downs & Tracking Food Supplies

TSA Changes Pat-Downs & Tracking Food Supplies

TSA Changes Pat-Downs & Tracking Food Supplies plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

Establishing a transparent system to track global food supplies which would help to stabilize world food prices is the aim of members attending the G20 Summit in Paris. North Dakota Farmers Union President Robert Carlson - who is at the G20 Summit - says tracking world supplies will not be easy because some of the biggest importing and exporting countries don’t want to share their information.

CARLSON: They’re afraid it will prevent them from taking advantage of the market whether they’re a big buyer like China or a big seller like Argentina and Brazil so that seems to be what we’re hearing at least is going to be the toughest part is getting a really good handle on global supplies.

The Transportation Safety Administration has acknowledged the problem with the nature of pat-downs for young children and is changing its policy on how screeners can search children. TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the change Wednesday. Airport screeners will be told to make repeated attempts to screen young children instead of resorting to invasive pat-downs. The new policy will apply to children 10 years old or younger. TSA says the plan is to ultimately reduce, but not get rid of, pat-downs for kids.

Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.

Who would have thought there could be so much hoopla over something most people never put much thought into anyway. I’m talking about the USDA’s replacement of their Food Pyramid with MyPlate. Be honest, how many times over the past two decades have you and your family sat down and reviewed the nutritional guidelines of the Food Pyramid; that often criticized, more often ignored food recommendation tool? With Michelle Obama’s help the USDA unveiled the new guide earlier this month to a rather lukewarm reception. However, this new guide, divided into quadrants is more appealing in its simplicity; half the plate is for vegetables and fruits, the other half for grains and proteins. While the MyPlate is less confusing than its predecessor, it is rather doubtful that it will fix the nation’s obesity problems. What if someone’s plate is the size of a charger? Let’s face it, what we eat is a personal choice. The cause of America’s ever expanding girth has been blamed on everything from genetics, financial hardship, fast foods, to simple lack of control. Only time will tell if Americans will respond better to circles or triangles.

Thanks Lacy. That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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