John Podesta, campaign manager and a close advisor to Hillary Clinton, believes the government has not divulged everything it knows about UFOs and Area 51. Given his predilection for conspiratorial beliefs, it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that he has a fear of biotechnology.
Once the weapon of choice for prepubescent teens, cyberbullying is now deployed, with ruthless efficiency, against PhDs who have committed the unspeakable crime of conducting research on, and publicly advocating, GMOs. The goal is straightforward: Biotech scientists must be destroyed professionally. Failing that, they must be destroyed emotionally.
As a society, we never grew up beyond high school. Not being smart continues to be cool. Rejecting the collective wisdom of scientists, economists, academics, and journalists is applauded. Spurning the "establishment" has become the new national pastime.
With the defeat of a federal law designed to prevent 50 individual states from penning their own GMO labeling laws, General Mills has decided to switch rather than fight. It's going to label all their foods that contain GMOs, everywhere — because it's too cumbersome to label, or not label its products, on a state-by-state basis.
Two unnecessary instances of how government is trying to tell the public what they should, should not, and must do, to keep healthy: (1) mandatory GMO labeling is the way to go, and (2) too much salt, is, well, too much, and some restaurants must warn patrons of that.
On a recent radio food program, a trade representative for an organic corporation objected to labels showing pesticide use. But if transparency is what's important, why did she protest?
Is the Campbell Soup Co. crazy for putting GMO labels on its food, the very thing it recently said was an unnecessary scare tactic by Big Organic? Not at all, and here are several compelling reasons why that's the case.
As guest writer Vivian Moses points out, we can trace the anti-GM movement to two things: increasing disillusion as a result of the progress of left-wing ideologies, and a growing awareness of environmental problems.
Writing at Reason, Ron Bailey dissects some worrying trends and then highlights some insight on cancer which, I am proud to say, came from us.
People tend to fear what they don't understand, and cannot control. And that adds to the apprehension people have when evaluating the safety of food produced using genetically modified organisms. But added safety may be found in a new concept: a biologically-engineered "kill switch" for GM microbes.
At long last, the FDA approved biotech salmon, AquaAdvantage, which is bred to grow to twice the size of other fish. But in contrast to every scientific study and advisory, the editorial board of The New York Times writes that the genetically-modified fish should be labelled. We take issue with that position.
Sorry grocery shoppers, but all of today's domestic turkeys -- even the ones labeled "organic" -- are actually GMOs. Years of artificial selection, by optimizing genetic traits, have made the genome of the turkey we eat significantly different than the genome of wild ones. So unless you shot yours in the woods, the turkey heading to your table isn't natural.