Life Sciences

Lawmakers Consider Labeling Genetically Modified Food

March 11, 2014

In an interview with CBS Baltimore, ITIF Senior Fellow Val Giddings argued that Maryland’s proposed mandatory GMO labeling bill would mislead consumers and raise food prices without increasing food safety or security.

Organic Farm Supporters Seek Special Treatment

March 4, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Organic growers claim the presence of biotech improved seeds and harvests make it harder for them to keep organic produce free of GM admixture. But USDA organic standards don't penalize organic growers for accidental presence of non organic produce. Against all precedent and reason, some organic growers who claim to have lost sales  now seek to make their neighbors pay for problems entirely of their own making. This is not a sound basis for policy making.

Can GMOs Solve World Hunger?

February 18, 2014
Mike Walter discusses GMOs with ITIF’s Val Giddings on CCTV.

Are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) creating a revolution in food and agriculture that could help solve world hunger? Mike Walter discusses the issue with ITIF’s Val Giddings on CCTV.

Top 10 Innovations 2013

The Scientist
Val Giddings served as a judge for The Scientist’s annual innovation awards.

Which Consumers Do Consumer Groups Represent?

November 17, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Anytime the media covers an issue that might affect consumers, they ask so-called consumer groups for a quote as if these groups by definition represent consumer interests. Check that box. Case in point, a story in Saturday’s New York Times on Monsanto and Dupont Pioneer’s successful efforts to develop genetically modified soybeans that eliminate harmful trans-fats in soybean oil. The reporter argues that these new beans could help the image of the biotech industry because they are among first generation of GMOs that help consumers, rather than farmers. This argument defies common sense and only serves to hamper informed policy debate.

A Jolt to Complacency on Food Supply

New York Times
Climate change could so destabilize the world’s food system as to lead to rising hunger or even mass starvation.

SOFTWARE Act Will Enhance Patient Safety and Medical Innovation

Genetically Modified Foods: Truth about Labeling

October 8, 2013
This panel discussion sponsored by the Heritage Foundation examined the history, science and policy implications surrounding GMOs.

There is significant misinformation and confusion about genetically modified foods (or GMOs), which now make up a major part of the American diet. Anti-GMO activists are seeking to combat GMOs by pushing for labeling mandates on the state and federal levels. These mandates are being promoted as pro-consumer but their effect will be the opposite by creating greater misinformation. Read more »

Ag Biotech Opponents Want the US to Emulate European Regulation of Biotechnology – They Should Think Again.

September 13, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

GMO crops are every bit as safe as any other and this is acknowledged by a staggering preponderance of scientific opinion around the world. Unfortunately, the professional opposition to agricultural biotechnology has succeeded in scaring enough scientifically illiterate politicians to lead to indefensible and prejudicial regulations that inhibit innovation and hamper dissemination of cheaper and more productive crops.

Bills Would Spur Private Competition for Taxpayer-Funded Ag Research

Gannett News Service
Val Giddings argued more research is critical to finding ways to double global food production by 2050 to keep pace with population growth.

Val Giddings argued more research is critical to finding ways to double global food production by 2050 to keep pace with population growth.

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