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John Block: Regulations and Licensing

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We hear a lot of talk about the economy. It’s not growing as fast as it should. Two percent growth is just too slow. It has taken forever to recover from the 2008 recession. There are a lot of opinions about… Read More
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John Block Reports: A Case Against Mandatory GMO Labeling

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block: Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. This radio commentary is brought to you by John Deere and the Natio… Read More
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John Block: What Did We Get Done In 2015?

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The U.S. Congress didn’t get much done this year until December. Agriculture had a long wish list that just sat on the table. But surprise!  We came out better than I thought we would. First, the Congress pa… Read More
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John Block: This & That – The Politics of the Day

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block On the one hand, it makes me smile, and on the other, it makes me scratch my head. A lot of people are not sure if this Congress will get their business done without shutting down the government. I think they w… Read More
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John Block: This and That

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We have a long agenda of actions that need to be taken and not much time to do the job. The federal government’s fiscal year ends this month. The Congress needs to approve the level of spending for next year.… Read More
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House to Vote on GMO-Labeling Preemption Bill Tomorrow

On Thursday, the full U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1599, which is officially titled “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.” The bill (full text here) would establish a federal standard for when foods containing genet… Read More
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John Block: GMOs Under Assault

By John R. Block We can’t seem to silence or satisfy the loud scream of opposition to GE crops. The reason probably is that up until now we have ignored them. It’s time to stand up and set the record straight. GE food is safe and even beneficial… Read More
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Recapping Round 1 of the Vermont GMO-Labeling Lawsuit

By John G. Dillard Millions across the globe tuned into this weekend’s Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, which was billed as “the fight of the century.” However, the pay-per-view event was not the only high stakes fight to report on from last week… Read More
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The Vilsapp: Secretary Vilsack’s High Tech Solution to Labeling

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The March edition of the National Geographic Magazine, in its cover story entitled “The War on Science,” notes that “there’s no evidence that GMO’s are harmful to human health.” A recent P… Read More
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GM Opponents are Science Deniers

Climate change is real and GM technology is safe, but those in denial want to undermine the public understanding of science with misinformation and pseudo-debate By Nina Fedoroff, Peter Raven and Phillip Sharp, as published in The Guardian The auth… Read More
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