- MPR health reporter on looming nurses strike
MPR health correspondent Lorna Benson joins Midday to discuss the nurses strike that is scheduled to begin Thursday at 7 a.m. The strike would last 24 hours and involve 14 metro-area hospitals.11:06 a.m.
Lorna Benson: Lorna Benson is a health reporter for MPR. Prior to joining MPR in 1990, she worked for KPBS in San Diego, California. She has been honored by the Minnesota Psychiatric Society, the Minnesota Medical Association, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Minnesota.
- Is organic food actually healthier?
An 'Intelligence Squared' panel debates whether organic food is just good for marketing or if there are actually health benefits.12:00 p.m.
Dennis Avery: Director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Global Food Issues. He also served as an agricultural analyst for the State Department from 1980-1988.
Blake Hurst: Farmer and writer from Northwest Missouri. He grows corn and soybeans and has had articles published in the Wall Street Journals, The Wilson Quarterly, and The American.
John Krebs: Former chairman of the Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom. He is currently the principle of Jesus College in Oxford, UK.
Charles Benbrook: Worked in Washington, D.C, on agricultural policy for 18 years and is now the chief scientist for the Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado.
Urvashi Rangan: Director of technical policy for the Consumers Union where she develops rating systems for evaluating environmental labels. Spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production and consumption practices and organic food standards.
Jeffrey Steingarten: Author of 'It Must've Been Something I Ate' and 'The Man Who Ate Everything'. He is currently the food editor at Vogue magazine.
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