Mmm, that’s some good Viptera.

People eat lots of strange things these days.  Believe it or not, we’ve all probably eaten Viptera, which is strain of GMO corn introduced by the fine folks at Syngenta and sold to farmers in 2011.

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The thing is, China (a large importer of US corn) doesn’t buy GMO corn, and rejected US corn – whether it was Viptera corn or not.  Farmers all across Ohio and the country could not sell there corn, and the price of corn has taken a huge hit.

What does this mean to you:

Low corn prices, while great for consumers, are disastrous for farmers who can now not sell their corn crop at reasonable prices.

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That fracking hurts!

Ohio has become the new Texas with the oil and gas drilling boom consuming much of eastern Ohio.  Most of the media attention around fracking has focused on the environmental impacts – flammable tap water, earthquakes in Ohio, or toxic drinking water, to name a few.  Nasty stuff, to be sure.

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But the physical dangers to people in the area of the wells, workers and others, is also a big fracking problem.  I saw this article today about a worker at a well in Noble County, Ohio who died after an explosion.  I suspect we will start to see more and more unfortunate, but preventable, injuries in the fracking industry in the coming months and years.

What does this mean to you:

Though the energy companies promise jobs and increased economic opportunities to the communities they invade, the costs – in terms of both environmental and human loss – continue to mount.

Separate AND unequal

Tragic story yesterday of two employees that were run down yesterday at Children’s Hospital in Columbus.  So why would Ohio law treat these two people – both injured in the same incident – differently from one another?

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One of the men was unfortunately killed in the wreck, while the other survived.  Ohio law places a limit or “cap” on the value of the injured man’s pain while not limiting the intangible losses to the family of the other.  I thought that was up to the jury to decide, not the politicians?

What does this mean to you:

The law is constantly changing, for better or for worse.  Make sure you understand the current law under which any potential claims are brought, as it may be different for different people at different times.