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.
Peer Review – Where you thought it ended? That’s just the beginning!
A recent journal article claiming that certain GMO products were found to cause tumors in rats was promoted by advocates as “peer-reviewed evidence” that GMO’s are a safety risk. However a closer review of the article’s methodology and the peer review process itself shows that these claims are false and harmful to the broader scientific discussion and policy debate.
Predictive Analytics and How to Decide Who Should Receive Organ Transplants
As society increasingly relies on data to make predictions, some fear that they will be caught on the wrong side of an equation: a healthy individual might be denied medical coverage, a reformed criminal might be denied parole, or a financially-stable consumer might be denied credit. These fears are misguided. While critics are correct that no algorithm will be right 100 percent of the time, what many people do not realize is that we already live in a world of predictions, we are just not always that good at making them. Fortunately, better use of data analytics can help us make fewer errors.
The Future of Agriculture in a Warming World
In an opinion piece for Agri-Pulse, Val Giddings and Matthew Stepp urge that we must transform and reinvest in our international agricultural innovation ecosystem to produce more productive, resilient crops for a hungrier and warmer world. This is the one of our most powerful tools to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s population. They propose that world governments must spend far more on agricultural research and development, governments must stand up to the false propaganda perpetuated by some advocates and eliminate or prevent scientifically indefensible laws and regulations related to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and that governments must strengthen international institutions to serve as renewed hubs for agricultural innovation.