Sunday is best known in the US as Groundhog Day, in which if a groundhog sees his shadow it means six more weeks of winter. The most famous groundhog is Puxatony Phil who resides in my home state of Pennsylvania. It was no surprise to learn Phil saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of cold in the winter that won’t let up. So it’s fitting that I found some good news for everyone today.
I was so excited to spot this first piece of news. What makes me so happy? Hearing a country has said no to Monsanto!! What is even more surprising is which country has said no to them. Mexico. Monsanto took to the courts to overturn a ban on GM corn. The judge in the case threw out the appeal upholding the ban. Please tell me this is the beginning of the end for GM foods!
If that wasn’t enough to lift your spirits after hearing winter will be sticking around. I have more for you. I am a bit late on this news, as it happened almost a year ago, but it’s news to me :-) and I hope to you as well.
Before Bill Clinton left office he signed into law a bill called Roadless Rule which protected our National Forests consisting of 50 million acres of untouched land from logging or having paved roads through them. It also protected the waters and the habitat of many animals.
Of course any law that protects natural resources from being turned into profits for businesses will be tested. Many tried to overturn this law for 12 years. A federal court announced the statute of limitations had run out. There will be no overturning one of the last acts Bill Clinton did before leaving office.