A constant barrage of news headlines suggests that synthetic chemicals—even some naturally occurring ones—are responsible for nearly every public health problem imaginable, sowing fear and confusion among consumers. Rather, we should focus less on any single study and more on what the larger body of research indicates about a particular issue.
After a century of severe regulation nearly brought the United States railroad industry to ruin, policy makers in the 1970s began a process that ultimately resulted in the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which largely deregulated the industry. But that has not put an end to the political fight over freight rail.
As the world reexamines Rachel Carson’s anti-pesticide legacy, this paper focuses on the importance of chemicals designed for crop production. Unfortunately, the benefits of these agrochemicals are at risk as Carson’s legacy of misinformation lives on within the politically organized environmental movement.
Farmers are eagerly awaiting the expiration of the patents on popular biotech traits over the coming few years. Unfortunately, a quirk in the way biotech crops are regulated poses several challenges that may make it difficult for breeders to develop a generic seed industry.
EDA investments do little more than shift resources from one area of the country or the economy to another. EDA’s funding should be immediately revoked, allowing private entrepreneurs to direct capital to the best projects.