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December 23 2015

To Bee Or Not To Bee: A Popcorn Controversy?

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Julie Gunlock

An issue involving popcorn companies and bees is providing food for thought.

In October, a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization known as the Center for Food Safety launched a campaign asking two companies – Pop Secret and Pop Weaver – to source their popcorn from seeds that are free of certain insecticides the Center says are harmful to "bees and other important pollinators."

Julie Gunlock, senior fellow and director of the Culture of Alarmism Project at the Independent Women's Forum, describes the campaign as "typical bullying" from an environmental group.

"They do not look at the facts; they don't really care about the facts," she contends. "They just want these businesses, really, to go under because what they're proposing is really going to hurt these businesses." She adds that this is a backdoor way to attack the agrochemical industry by attacking the companies that use these products.

Regardless, the pollinator program director at Center for Food Safety says "Bees are dying at alarming rates." In a related article for National Review, Gunlock says otherwise:

"According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, honeybee colonies in the U.S., Canada and Europe have been growing for over 20 years. They are healthy. So we don't need to look at these sort of radical changes to consumer products to save the honeybees when the honeybee numbers are stable and growing."

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Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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