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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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Up in Flames: Ninth Circuit Upholds Certification in “100% Natural” Wesson Oil Class Action

In a January 3, 2017, decision likely to have broad implications in food class action litigation, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a California federal district court judge’s decision certifying a consumer class action brought by purchas… Read More
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Hakim’s Effort to Skewer Biotech Crops in Sunday's NY Times

Danny Hakim’s attempt to skewer biotech crops in his recent article on the front page Sunday’s New York Times (Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops, Oct. 29, 2016) is skewed from beginning to end.  His insight – what… 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: Brexit and Trade

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The Brits jump ship and the UK is on its way out of the European Union. I understand the UK getting sick of the regulations and rules written in Brussels, not London. European agriculture is heavily subsidized… Read More
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Senate Ag Leaders Unveil Compromise GMO Labeling Bill

Yesterday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released their long-awaited bill that would establish a federal GMO labeling regime and preempt any state laws, such as Vermont’s Act 120.… 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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