Video: Trump Bans “Evidence-based,” Online Pet Food Sales Rise, Will Student Debt Delay Your Retirement?

Trump Bans “Evidence-based,”  Online Pet Food Sales Rise, Will Student Debt Delay Your Retirement?

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Trump Bans “Evidence-based”

  • The Washington Post report here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-gets-list-of-forbidden-words-fetus-transgender-diversity/2017/12/15/f503837a-e1cf-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.54236e888d83
  • The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
  • Instead of “evidence-based” or “science-based,” The Washington Post reports policy analysts are instructed to use the phrase, “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”
  • Analysts are reportedly prohibited from using the phrases on official documents they prepare for the 2019 budget, which is expected to be released in February.
  • The analyst told the Post that other branches of President Trump’s health department are likely adhering to the same list of banned words. The source said that others at the meeting reacted with surprise when given the list.
  • “It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’” the analyst said, “In my experience, we’ve never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint.”
  • The Trump administration has been repeatedly scrutinized for declining to acknowledge science-based findings, particularly related to climate change. Trump himself has not said whether he believes in climate science, and numerous members of his administration and his appointees have denied aspects of scientific consensus related to global warming.

Online Pet Food Sales Rise

  • U.S. Pet Food Sales will reach an estimated $26 billion in 2017
  • Internet sales of pet food and products are outpacing all other sales channels, especially pet mass retailers such as Petco, PetSmart, and Walmart. Millennial pet owners are also driving the trend toward online pet food sales.Chewy.com soars, even after it was sold to PetSmart in May 2017 for $3.3 billion, eliciting some backlash from pet food manufacturers. 
  • In 2016, Chewy.com had 43% of all online pet food and litter in U.S., second to Amazon.com’s 48%
  • Online Pet Food
  • What is my Internet Pet Food Sales Outlook for 2018?

Will Student Debt Delay Your Retirement? Will Future Veterinary Supply and Demand be Affected?

  • Student debt - over 44 million Americans hold nearly $1.5 trillion in student debt in 2017
  • From the AVMA: “The harsh reality is that the average educational debt for 2016 veterinary school graduates including those with zero debt was $143,757.82. The average for only those 2016 veterinary school graduates with debt is $167,534.89 and over 20% has at least $200,000 in debt.”
  • Watch to find out why I believe excessive veterinary student debt will affect future veterinarian supply and demand. 
  • Analysis of the costs of veterinary education and factors associated with financial stress among veterinary students in Australia - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/avj.12655/full