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Mandatory Mislabeling
'Bioengineered' foods need not be labeled as such unless there are compelling health and safety reasons for doing so.

August 10, 2018  •  City Journal

The debate over labeling foods as "bioengineered" has raged for decades, in spite of longstanding consensus in the scientific community that mandatory labeling fails every test—scientific, economic, legal, and common-sense. In order to preempt state-by-state initiatives that were creating a patchwork of labeling requirements, in July 2016 Congress enacted, and President Obama signed, the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) law, which mandates labeling for bioengineered food, delegating power to the Secretary of Agriculture to "establish such requirements and procedures as the Secretary determines necessary to carry out the standard." But Congress could have—and should have—simply preempted states from promulgating labeling requirements beyond those of federal regulatory agencies. The secretary, in any event, assigned the task to the Agriculture Department's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

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The Organic Industry Is Lying to You
The usually strict FDA gives a pass to illegal non-GMO and organic claims

August 6, 2018  •  Wall Street Journal

In the mold of "Mad Men's" Don Draper, clever ad execs know a thing or two about manipulating consumer ignorance, confusion and even fear to sell a product.

Nowhere is this truer than modern food advertising, where dubious health claims and questionable scientific assertions abound. The Food and Drug Administration is supposed to police such deceptive practices, as it sometimes does with ridiculous zeal: Witness the FDA's warning letter sent to a Massachusetts bakery for including "love" in its ingredient list.

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Got Skin Cancer? Blame the FDA!
FDA's unwillingness to approve state-of-the art sunscreens is killing Americans

August 5, 2018  •  Fox News Opinion

Americans are getting skin cancer – and sometimes dying from it – at an alarming rate, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration irresponsibly refuses to approve state-of-the-art sunscreens that could do a much better job protecting us from the sun's cancer-causing rays.

The rest of the world has not been out snoozing in the sun. Since the 1990s, advanced new sunscreens have been widely sold in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

But Americans have access only to older generations of sunscreen that prevent sunburn – not the deeper damage that can cause skin cancer. That's because the FDA stubbornly refuses to approve the sale of superior new sunscreens that can safeguard our health.

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The Future Of Food Needs Transparency And Integrity: A Response
The anti-genetic engineering NGOs are the REAL shills

August 2, 2018  •  Investors Business Daily

Regarding the Commentary by Stacey Malkan and Carey Gillam, "The Future Of Food Needs Transparency And Integrity," July 24:

If we have entered the post-truth era, in which debate is framed largely by assertions disconnected from evidence and by the endless repetition of mendacious talking points, Malkan, Gillam and their lobbying organization, U.S. Right to Know, fit right in. Like all effective but dishonest propagandists, they take snippets of truth and combine them in ways that create falsehoods.

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How Russia and NGOs Collude to Damage American Exceptionalism
Russia's 'Useful Idiots" Further Its Interests

July 19, 2018  •  Daily Caller

Modern genetic engineering techniques applied to agriculture are making stunning advances. This year, after decades in (gratuitous) regulatory limbo, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada and Food Standards Australia New Zealand gave the green light to domestic import and consumption of Golden Rice, which has been genetically modified to produce provitamin-A.

Every year, about half a million children become blind as a result of Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and 70 percent die within a year of losing their sight. In developing countries, 200 — 300 million children of preschool age are at risk of VAD, which increases their susceptibility to infections such as measles and diarrheal diseases.

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