AG/FDA Blog

Think This is Biotech Regulatory Relief? Not Yet.

By Dr. Nina Fedoroff, as published in Agri-Pulse USDA and FDA proposals to regulate genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals following the recent update of the regulatory framework are on their websites awaiting public comment by June 19, 201… Read More
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John Block: Sound Science

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week on Saturday, it was Earth Day.  I always thought of Earth Day as a celebration of the earth with its natural beauty and, of course, the food and crops it provides to feed everything living – especia… Read More
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Biotech Regulations Must be Based on Facts, Not Fears

By Dr. Nina Fedoroff, as published in Agri-Pulse The Coordinated Framework (CF) for the Regulation of Biotechnology was first implemented 30 years ago. The CF was developed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP broug… Read More
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2016 – Gone But Not Forgotten

Happy 2017, everyone!  2016 has come and gone.  Looking at 2016 in my rear-view mirror, here are a few matters that caught my personal attention. As food and drug lawyers and corporate execs in regulated companies know (or definitely should know!),… Read More
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John Block: GMO Labeling

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Yes – We now have legislation to deal with the GMO labeling question. Without the legislation, all the states could have required different labels on their food products.  A patchwork national plan like that… Read More
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John Block: Nobel Laureates

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block How long have we been listening to the relentless insinuations that genetically engineered crops may not be safe? The environmental activists have chosen to ignore science and use every trick to frighten consum… Read More
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John Block: Trade

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Today, I want to concentrate on trade. We are in the process of negotiating a trade agreement with the European Union. We have just completed an agreement with 11 other countries (the Trans Pacific Partnership… Read More
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John Block: GMOs Are Safe

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Hopefully, we are beginning to set the record straight. We have heard so much misleading information criticizing biotechnology that we could go down the European road. In Europe, GE food is not on the plate. Th… Read More
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NYT: Mosquito vs. Mosquito in the Battle Over the Zika Virus

Please see Dr. Nina Fedoroff and former USDA Secretary John Block’s op-ed featured in the New York Times on April 6, 2016 – Mosquito vs. Mosquito in the Battle Over the Zika Virus. Read More
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John Block: GMO Legislation

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Nancy Reagan was laid to rest this week. She was a very elegant First Lady and she was number one on President Reagan’s list – the love of his life and a trusted defender of the President. She was not inter… Read More
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