Life Sciences

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

Points to Consider Regarding Agriculture and Biotechnology

April 11, 2014
| Reports

Public discussions surrounding genetically modified foods and their impact on society and policy are often dominated by hyperbole and misinformation that hampers legitimate debate. To provide a clearer picture of the facts surrounding biotechnology and agriculture, ITIF presents a series of Points to Consider memos which analyze specific public statements surrounding GMOs, their accuracy and the implications for public policy.

False Claims About Pesticide Toxicity are Based on Discredited Methods

Organic and Conventional Milk are Nutritionally Indistinguishable

Flawed & False Arguments for Mandatory GM Food Labels

Unsubstantiated Claims that Glyphosate is Linked to Kidney Disease 

GM Crops Have Provided Global Environmental Benefits

The Worldwide Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety 

Biotech Improved Herbicide Tolerant Crops Have Improved Yields and Sustainability 

Unfounded Claims of Glyphosate Accumulation in Breast Milk 

Republication of Discredited and Retracted Paper on Rats, GMOs, and Cancer