It's no big surprise that someone untrained in research methods would tell us all what the research really means and why the scientists on this committee -- all trained to do research and interpret it -- are just a bunch of hacks. But that the New York Times would allocate its imprimatur and rarefied real estate to an infomercial masquerading as an Op-Ed is a lamentably disappointing surprise.
This week, The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into deplorable animal treatment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). It's appalling that such activities -- conducted with the goal of helping a private-sector industry turn a higher profit -- are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.
"Scale" and "scaling change" are terms that are thrown around so much in professional circles that they have become cliché. Yet, for all of us in the business of improving lives and building stronger communities, they are the terms that often are the source of both our frustration and our inspiration.
Community colleges, unlike traditional four-year institutions, have a long history of collaborating with businesses and workforce development in local communities. As a result, most community colleges already have significant experience working with businesses and can really help accelerate a new business' growth.
For the survival of the entire beekeeping industry and the survival of the honeybee species, it does the world no service to shift the blame or divert attention from the problems we can easily solve. We need to act on what we can, and that must be by banning the pesticides that are killing our bees.