Life Sciences

U.S. government funding laid the foundation for the development of 48 percent of all drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration and 65 percent of drugs that received priority review between 1988 and 2005.

Federal funding for biomedical research, much of it channeled through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), plays a vital role in supporting America’s life sciences innovation ecosystem. NIH devotes the vast majority of its budget to funding grants for basic biomedical research into the causes and treatment of human disease. The results of this research feed directly into the development of new drugs and devices to cure medical conditions. Read more »

Points to Consider: Republication of Discredited and Retracted Paper on Rats, GMOs, and Cancer

June 25, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

A dubious paper making unsupportable claims of dangers from GM corn and the herbicide Roundup, retracted by the original publisher, has been republished by the authors. Scientists continue to reject it for numerous flaws in the study design and experimentation.

The Truth about GMOs, Labeling and Food

June 19, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Crops and foods improved through biotechnology have helped to improve farmers’ lives and livelihoods, reduce hunger, lower the cost of food production and increase food access across the globe. Efforts to reduce access to GMOS are based on ideology and self-interest, not on an objective review of the science.

About Censorship

May 20, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, pushes indefensible policies and health quackpottery. Straight shooting science journalist Jon Entine shines some light into dark places, and Adams goes ugly. So why, again, should anybody take his policy prescriptions seriously? Time to bring back ostracism? 

Consumers Union Makes False Claims Against the Safety of Genetically Modified Foods Based On Ideology Not Science

May 14, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Consumers Union supports proposed state legislation to mandate labels stigmatizing foods derived from crops improved through biotechnology. They advance a number of arguments to support the proposals, each of which is contradicted by facts, data and experience.  We take a closer look.

Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law: What it Really Means for Consumers

May 12, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

By substantial majorities, the Vermont legislature recently passed a bill to require labels on “genetically modified” foods. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed it into law on May 8. What is this all about? Spoiler alert: It’s not about safety, it’s not about choice, and it’s not about transparency. It’s about special interests abusing the power of the state to promote their ideology at the expense of safe food, more sustainable agriculture and lower prices.

Vermont Gov. Signs Law to Require Labels on GMO Foods

USA Today
Anti-GMO advocates willfully overlook the fact that these technologies have been principally responsible for reducing the overall price of food, says Val Giddings.

Vermont Gov. Signs GMO Labeling Bill into Law

In an interview with Radio Boston, Val Giddings argues that decades of scientific research have shown that food improved through biotechnology is just as safe as any other food and therefore specific GMO labels are unnecessary and misleading.

Vermont's GMO Labeling Bill Will Mislead Consumers and Raise Food Prices

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