Our Senators and Rep. Keating are now forming the Cranberry Caucus, to look out for the business interests of Southeast MA’s favorite crop. Seems that they want to prevent sweetened cranberry juice from being labeled as “unhealthy”.
Two things: a.) Cranberry juice “cocktail” is fairly comparable to unsweetened fruit juices like orange, pineapple, apple, etc. Currently, a cup of cranberry juice “cocktail” has 137 calories; a cup of orange juice from concentrate has 122. So on the face of it, it seems reasonable to defend the nutritive value of cranberry juice.
b.) Especially directed at Senator Brown: Shouldn’t addressing climate change be a big part of advocating for local agriculture, especially aquaculture?
A.D. Makepeace President and CEO Michael Hogan said this region is already being affected. “The night temperatures are affecting our harvest, and the deep-red cranberry hue. Unless we work together to address climate change, the working landscape will be at risk of disappearing, or else our children won’t be able to come see a working Massachusetts cranberry bog.”
Yes, I’d like to beat Sen. Brown and elect Elizabeth Warren. But I’m nostalgic for the days when the GOP even gave lip service to global warming. I’d rather have a GOP committed to act on climate, than a Democratic majority that either can’t get anything done, or that thinks like Joe Manchin.