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April 7, 2014 | Project Syndicate

The Mosquito Menace

April 4, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily

Joe Wilson Was Right When He Told The President 'You Lie'

April 4, 2014 |

Norman Borlaug: A Man For All Seasons

March 31, 2014 | National Review Online

California’s Anti-GMO Hysteria

March 26, 2014 |

A Better Apple Awaits, But Regulators Won't Allow Us A Bite

A better variety of apple -- one that doesn't turn brown when exposed to the air -- is on the way, but unscientific and excessive regulation of genetic engineering is lengthening its journey.
March 18, 2014 |

With A Forked Tongue: How The Obama White House Stymies Innovation in Food Production

In testimony last week before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during a hearing about the agency's current initiatives, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg spoke about the pending application for approval of a genetically engineered Atlantic salmon. "We will be moving forward in a deliberate, science-driven way, reflecting all of the important inputs ... as we consider this product application," Hamburg testified to the committee. That’s disingenuous, and she knows it. What she left unsaid is that only one “input” counts: the White House’s undue influence over the FDA’s review.
March 18, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

China's Threat to American Farm Exports

March 12, 2014 |


In spite of activists' claims to the contrary, the most recent research by FDA offers persuasive evidence that bisphenol-A (BPA) is safe for consumers at levels of exposure that they are likely to encounter.
February 25, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily

'Tailpipe Johnny' Dingell Leaves Ugly Legacy

Don't mourn the departure of John Dingell from Congress after 59 years. His career was marked by irresponsibility, dishonesty, tyranny and bullying.
February 25, 2014 |

A Faustian Bargain On Labeling Genetically Engineered Food

By Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen Pseudo-controversy continues to rage over whether foods from plants and animals genetically engineered with the newest molecular techniques should be identified as such.  The battle has been fought in the media, state legislatures, referendum issues, and in federal courts.  Funded and supported by the organic food [...]
February 21, 2014 | New York Post

The Industry Obamacare is Killing

Among the many things wrong with ObamaCare is how an obscure tax that helps pay for the program is hammering the US medical-device industry, killing jobs and threatening lifesaving advances.…
February 9, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: Non-GMO Cheerios Add No Value

February 12, 2014 |

A Lot Of Good Research Doesn't Get Funded, So Why Are We Wasting Money On Crap?

At a time when potentially important research is going unfunded by NSF, NIH and other federal agencies because of budgetary constraints, why should we permit NSF – or any federal entity, for that matter – to squander money on inferior projects?
February 5, 2014 |

A Thirst For Technology To Mitigate California's Drought

It is the state’s premier industry – farming – that will feel the pinch most.
February 3, 2014 | New York Times

We Need G.M.O. Wheat

January 29, 2014 |

BPA Exposure Is 'Too Low to Cause Harm,' According To Regulators. But You'd Never Know That From The Media Coverage.

Yet another careful analysis by a prominent regulatory agency has found that BPA poses negligible risk to human health.
January 22, 2014 |

We Need The Scientific Juice To Save The Nation's Citrus Industry

Unless you’re in a major citrus-producing state, you probably haven’t heard that your morning orange juice is in danger of disappearing – or at least becoming vastly more expensive and coming from someplace abroad.
January 21, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

General Mills Has a Soggy Idea for Cheerios

January 15, 2014 |

Grist For The Genetic Engineering Mill

Some high-profile reporting and writing about genetic engineering have provided not illumination, but only obfuscation, bias and propaganda.
January 8, 2014 |

The Trouble With 'Scientific' Research Today: A Lot That's Published Is Junk

It is difficult to be optimistic about reversing current trends and making science more reliable.
January 2, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

Critics of 'Me-Too Drugs' Need to Take a Chill Pill

January 3, 2014 | Project Syndicate

The GMO Stigma

January 6, 2014 |

Senator Feinstein's Christmas Folly

Feinstein's call for mandatory labeling of genetically modified, or genetically engineered (GE), foods fails every test: scientific, economic, legal and common sense.
January 1, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

Critics of 'Me-Too Drugs' Need to Take a Chill Pill

December 18, 2013 |

To Address the Dementia Epidemic, We Need Smarter Research Funding

Dementia, the most common form of which is Alzheimer’s disease, currently affects 44 million people worldwide and is expected to afflict triple that number by 2050.
December 16, 2013 |

Meningitis Outbreaks Call for FDA Leadership. Don't Hold Your Breath.

There is no approved MenB vaccine in the United States.
December 4, 2013 |

EPA's New Overseer Of 'Scientific Integrity': The Blind Leading The Blind

The EPA has long been intellectually, scientifically and ethically bankrupt. Francesca Grifo will fit right in.
November 20, 2013 |

Ignorance Of Critical Medical Information Isn't Bliss

We need greater public awareness and education to induce individuals to play a more active, insightful role in their healthcare.
November 19, 2013 | Daily Caller (DC)

President Obama Tramples the Constitution Again, and Finally There’s Some Outrage

Stanford Law School Professor Michael McConnell wrote in the Wall Street Journal in July that President Obama's decision to suspend the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)
November 13, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: Genetically Engineered Foods a Plus

November 11, 2013 | Project Syndicate

The Myth of Organic Agriculture

November 6, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Silent Serial Killer

November 6, 2013 |

Obama Cronyism Enriches Friends, Shortchanges Others

There is an unmistakable pattern of friends of the Obamas getting rich by getting special treatment.
October 31, 2013 |

The Obama Administration's Transparent Lack Of Transparency

On matters big and small, Obama's minions constantly misrepresent, misbehave and betray our trust.
October 23, 2013 |

Junk Science Attacks On Important Products And Technologies Diminish Us All

Capitulation to the extortionate, intimidating tactics of activists is unwise.
October 16, 2013 | Daily Caller (DC)

Is the Shutdown Really Worse than Business as Usual?

With the “non-essential” functions of the federal government increasingly grinding to a halt, news outlets have incessantly covered the supposed consequences, ranging from tourists being turned aw
October 17, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

How to Build a Better Flu Vaccine

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19 killed 583,135 Americans, according to public health authorities at the time.
October 16, 2013 |

Politicized, Underwhelming Peace Prizes Reflect No Credit On Nobel

The Norwegian selectors seem often to confuse potential with actual world-class achievement with their politically motivated decisions.
October 9, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Race, Medicine, and Political Correctness

October 9, 2013 |

Mandatory Labeling Of Genetically Engineered Foods Deserves A Warning Label Of Its Own

Mandatory GE labeling fails every test: scientific, economic, legal and common sense.
October 7, 2013 |

Let's Restore Some Of The Funding To NIH

Let’s begin to think about which entities and projects in the massive federal budget actually deserve to be funded.
September 24, 2013 | Bloomberg View

Common-Sense Cuts to Avert a Government Shutdown

Even before the mandatory across-the-board cuts in federal spending known as sequestration took effect March 1, President Barack Obama’s administration
September 25, 2013 |

Personalized Medicine May Be Good For Patients But Bad For Drug Companies' Bottom Line

Regulators’ Demands May Obstruct Important Advances
September 11, 2013 | Project Syndicate

Race-Based Medicine

September 11, 2013 |

India Should Create The Proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Agency, Despite Its Serious Flaws

India should appreciate the importance of genetically improved varieties of crops.
August 30, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

Saving The Orange Tree

Americans might soon need to get used to apple or grape juice as their breakfast drink of choice — unless, that is, they're willing to pay exorbitant prices for orange juice. Or maybe scientists, plant breeders and farmers will manage to save the day, using two critical but often-disparaged technologies: chemical pesticides in the short run and genetic engineering in the longer term.
August 27, 2013 | Roll Call (DC)

The Supplement Industry's Hypocrisy

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin s bill to require the makers of dietary supplements to label their products accurately has the industry up in arms. This is rank hypocrisy. The supplement industry, along with the organic food lobby, does support labeling -- but only when the products in question belong to competitors such as the producers of foods from genetically engineered plants, a situation in which the labels serve no useful purpose.
August 28, 2013 |

'Regulatory Overkill' Lets Bureaucrats (Literally) Get Away With Murder

The costs of complying with government oversight have profound real-world impacts on real people.
August 27, 2013 | Times of India

Embracing GM Crops

India has enjoyed signal successes with genetic engineering in agriculture, but its relationship with this environmentally friendly, wealth-enhancing technology may be coming to an end.
August 20, 2013 | Japan Times

Exercising Society’s Right to Ignore the Ignorant

People have a right to be ignorant. Just as we can choose to damage our health by overeating, smoking cigarettes and neglecting to take prescribed medications, we can also choose ...
August 16, 2013 | Project Syndicate

Ignoring the Ignorant

August 14, 2013 |

Genetic Engineering Produces A Genuine Monstrosity

It turns out they were right: Government regulation has run amok and threatens advances in agriculture.
August 6, 2013 | Forbes

1945, 'Little Boy' And 'Fat Man'

Today marks one of the United States’ most important – but least celebrated – anniversaries.
August 1, 2013 | National Review Online

Our Broken Checks and Balances

Abuse of power is endemic at federal agencies — smaller government is the only remedy.
July 31, 2013 |

It's Not A Phony Scandal When President Obama Tramples The Constitution

The nation is led by a careless, callow politician who acts impulsively and with disregard for the rule of law
July 29, 2013 |

New Regulations Batter The Middle Class. Obama Changes The Subject.

Stultifying, job-killing regulation has been a hallmark of the Obama administration
July 24, 2013 |

U.S. Medical Device Industry In Critical Condition

We need to create a more nurturing entrepreneurial climate, one in which ingenuity and innovation are rewarded, not penalized.
July 17, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Time to Sequester Insipid Federal Research

June 19, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Right Way to Fight Obesity

May 22, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Activism vs. The Rule of Law

May 20, 2013 | Washington Examiner

Free Market Has Real Solutions to Obesity Crisis

May 3, 2013 | Daily Caller (DC)

Would You Buy Food From Morons?

April 18, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Beware The High Priests of Locavorism

March 25, 2013 | New York Times

Optimal Vaccine Doses

March 16, 2013 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

Anti-Genetic Engineering Activism: Why the Bastards Never Quit

February 27, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

In Medicine, One Dose Doesn't Fit All

February 21, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The High-Tech Future of Medicine

February 1, 2013 | Policy Review

Investing in Bad Science

February 4, 2013 | Daily Caller (DC)

Is It Time To Get Rid Of The EPA?

December 31, 2012 | Project Syndicate

The GM Reactionaries

December 31, 2012 | New York Times

Letter: Race and Medicine (2 Letters)

January 13, 2013 | New York Post

Don't Eat Your Organic Veggies

January 10, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Politics and the Poor Man's Plate

December 19, 2012 |

Locavorism and the Christmas Spirit

November 26, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: Food Radicals Will Fail in Court

November 27, 2012 | Wall Street Journal Asia

India's GM Food Hypocrisy

November 26, 2012 | National Review Online

Is Opposition to Genetic Engineering Moral?

November 16, 2012 | Orange County Register

Beware Obama's Regulatory Cliff

November 14, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Free Speech for Big Pharma

November 12, 2012 | Daily Caller (DC)

A David and Goliath Parable

October 31, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Eureka: Prop 37: An Initiative in Need of Its Own Warning Label

October 30, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

Save the Whales, Forget the Children

October 29, 2012 |

When Genetic Engineering Came Of Age

October 18, 2012 | American Magazine (American Enterprise Institute)

Europe Versus Scientific Consensus

October 17, 2012 |

Dr. Carmona's Condition

October 12, 2012 | Project Syndicate

Poison-Proofing China

October 11, 2012 | Orange County Register Online

A Losing Proposition on Food Labeling

October 10, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Obama's Death by Jobs

October 1, 2012 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

Technophobia Equals Poisoned Fruit

September 5, 2012 |

Rachel Carson's Deadly Fantasies

September 6, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

A (Genetically-Modified) Apple a Day...

August 21, 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle

Prop. 37: GE Labels Mean Higher Costs

August 17, 2012 | Orange County Register

Biden's unhinged, and worse, history

August 6, 2012 | Investor's Business Daily

Obama's Radical Agenda Ruined His Chance To Be Leader

August 8, 2012 |

Good Riddance To Obama's Regulatory Czar

July 31, 2012 | New York Times

Corn for Food, Not Fuel

July 26, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Organic Is Overrated

July 19, 2012 | Orange County Register

FDA Has Device Makers Looking Outside U.S.

July 2, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Brewing Crisis in Science

June 27, 2012 | Regulation (Cato Institute)

The Use and Abuse of Science in Policymaking

June 20, 2012 |

Dangerous Stowaways at the Summer Olympics

London in July and August will be mobbed by hundreds of thousands of sports-minded international visitors harboring all sorts of contagions. Three highly infectious viruses merit special concern: measles, influenza (“flu”), and norovirus...
June 19, 2012 | American Spectator

Sour Grapes Over BPA

When activists don't get their way at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...
June 15, 2012

Waste and Abuse in Federal Research Funding

Government agencies cry poor while squandering resources...
June 13, 2012 |

Obama's Disdain For The Private Sector

How could the president possibly be so misguided? By his own admission, Obama has neither affinity nor respect for the private sector...
June 8, 2012 | Investor's Business Daily

Rep. Joe Wilson Was Right: Obama Has Deceived Us

He was correct. Prescient even. But one politician's invective directed at President Obama early in his administration seems to have been forgotten...
June 6, 2012 |

"Oasis" Film Is An Intellectual Desert

Coming soon to your local movie theater is a documentary film, “Last Call at the Oasis,” about the need for better management of what is arguably the world’s most critical resource: water...
May 30, 2012 |

Silicon Valley Cop Noir

“Love and Death in Silicon Valley” is a real page-turner, but it is far more than escapist entertainment. McNamara explores important themes found in law enforcement and in society at large...
May 23, 2012 |

FDA User Fees Use Consumers Badly

Just to get FDA to evaluate a submission for approval of a drug, [pharmaceutical and medical device companies] must pay as much as $1.1 mil. The user fee legislation is up for reauthorization, and the burden on industry will rise to unprecedented levels...
May 22, 2012 | Orange County Register

Don't sour on idea of ‘corn sugar'

Vilified high fructose corn syrup no different from other sugar...
May 16, 2012 |

Romney's Alleged Lapses Dwarfed By Those Of Obama's Minions

Here’s a question to ponder: With respect to fitness to serve in high elected or appointed office, whose transgressions are worse?...
May 11, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

ObamaCare's Killer Device Tax

The U.S. leads the world in medical technology. A punitive new excise levy jeopardizes jobs and innovation...
May 9, 2012 |

Opinions On Genetic Engineering That Aren't Worth A Bean

The primary reason for the expansion in global soy production and the use of genetic engineering technology (mainly to make soy tolerant to the herbicide glyphosate) is economics...
May 2, 2012 |

Politicians Worthy Of Respect Are A Rare Commodity

To borrow a phrase from [Michael] Boskin and [John] Cogan, what the nation and California need is public servants at all levels with “vision, determination and political will” – in other words, more politicians like Mitt Romney and Joanne Sanders...
May 2, 2012 | Orange County Register

Bill Clinton’s hypocrisy on Osama

Just as we will never forget 9/11, we should not forget the dereliction of duty by our impeached 42nd president and his enablers...
April 25, 2012 | Forbes

Anti-Technology Activists Are The Real Slime

The recent controversy over “lean finely textured beef” (LFTB), or “pink slime” as the media and activists love to call it, is reminiscent of the old TV commercial, “Where’s the beef...
April 18, 2012 |

The Dirt On Earth Day

By limiting citizens’ and businesses’ ability to engage in voluntary transactions, irrational practices born of eco-fundamentalism undermine the health of civilized society and of democracy...
April 12, 2012 | Daily Caller (DC)

Bad faith and bad science from NRDC

In 1989 the American apple industry was sent reeling by an unexpected blow — a lurid “60 Minutes” segment that supposedly exposed the cancer-causing dangers of Alar, a chemical used by some apple growers to synchronize the ripening of fruit...
April 11, 2012 | Forbes

White House Interference With Regulators Is Hazardous To Your Health

The New York Times nailed it perfectly in an April 3 article, “White House and the FDA Often at Odds,” which revealed several unsavory traits of the Obama administration...
March 28, 2012 |

The Real Dope On Medical Marijuana

If marijuana has therapeutic potential, it should be required to pass muster with the FDA like any other medicine...
March 14, 2012 |

Avastin Should Be Re-Approved For Breast Cancer

Could the new studies provide the rationale for another accelerated approval of Avastin, this time for early stage breast cancer? We don’t see why not...
March 7, 2012 |

The Data On Drugs' Side Effects Must Be Reliable

Patients, healthcare providers and regulatory agencies need to understand the importance of the quantity and quality of adverse event data, and how to use them. Good medical care depends on it...
March 5, 2012 | Los Angeles Times

Wrong Rx for the FDA

Proposed legislation does nothing concrete to lift regulatory obstacles for drug developers and disincentives for potential investors. It allocates $50 million for activities already underway...
February 29, 2012 |

Regulation By Litigation May Be Hazardous to Your Health

The American regulatory process is supposed to rely on scientific review and the analysis of data gathered through appropriate testing. But if recent events are any indicator, the more important data points may be legal challenges and petitions to regulators...
February 29, 2012 | Project Syndicate

When Technophobia Becomes Toxic

Public policy that discriminates against and discourages vital innovations in food production is not policy that has the public’s interest at heart...
February 22, 2012 |

The Science of Things That Aren't So

To hold those who would abuse science accountable, other scientists must expose deceptions, and journals must perform rigorous, conscientious peer-review of articles...
February 16, 2012 |

Fake Drugs - All At a Pharmacy Near You!

In order to ensure the safety and efficacy of medicines and confidence in commerce, governments and individuals must make combating the counterfeiting of drugs a high priority...
February 15, 2012

How Is the FDA Really Doing?

Policy research, news reporting, and advocacy are very different undertakings. The Friends of Cancer Research and Dr. Dimond should give some thought to that...
February 14, 2012 |

The National Science Foundation's Fleecing Of American Taxpayers

We need to do something about both the obvious and more subtle waste and abuse in federal funding agencies that give away huge amounts of taxpayer dollars...
February 7, 2012 | Orange County Register

Don't put down polystyrene

An unjustified statewide ban on foam food containers in California is sought by activists...
February 2, 2012 | American

Red Tape and Pink Slips: Obama’s Imaginary Regulatory Reform

Government regulation is one of the nation’s few growth industries, making a mockery of the assertions and predictions of the Obama administration...
February 1, 2012 |

NPR's Bias Against Genetic Engineering

This technology is friendly to the environment, reduces CO2 released to the atmosphere and contributes to sustainable agriculture, yet NPR regularly exaggerates its risks and ignores its benefits...
January 18, 2012 |

Norman Borlaug: The Genius Behind The Green Revolution

Noel Vietmeyer’s excellent, meticulously researched biography of Norman Borlaug, the plant breeder known as the Father of the Green Revolution, Our Daily Bread, portrays sympathetically one of the great figures of the 20th Century...
January 6, 2012 | Orange County Register

California bureaucrats' bad chemistry

The state's Department of Toxic Substances Control is charged with writing the rulebook for green chemistry...Yet, time after time, the DTSC speaks and writes with no more scientific rigor than a late-night infomercial...
January 3, 2012 |

David Brooks: The Conscience Of A Pseudo-Conservative

Brooks is a poor excuse for a conservative, but if his fawning over Obama is the result of the president and his minions courting him at every opportunity, he is far worse...
December 21, 2011 |

Can Tiny Amounts Of Poison Actually Be Good For You?

Toxicology, radiation physics and hormesis are arcane and complex phenomena. An understanding of them requires more than superficial knowledge. If you want to understand all the nuances, get a science degree from M.I.T. Otherwise, learn from the experts — real experts...
February 21, 2012 | Reason

The FDA vs. Commercial Speech

How restricting the promotion of "off-label" pharmaceutical use puts doctors and patients at risk...
December 8, 2011 |

Labeling Of Biotech Foods Is Unnecessary And Unconstitutional

Product labeling that conveys essential information is important, but mandatory labeling of gene-spliced foods is a bad idea...
November 30, 2011 |

Solyndra And Siga Sagas A New Low In Obama's Crony Capitalism

As repugnant as Nixon’s malfeasance was, the Watergate and Hoffa scandals didn’t cost the taxpayers anything (at least, until the investigations and prosecutions began). That can’t be said for Obama...
November 24, 2011 | Project Syndicate

Hope or Hype for Personalized Medicine?

If society is to derive the maximum benefit from personalized medicine – which will require companies to pursue it – regulators worldwide will need to adopt reasoned and reasonable policies...
November 23, 2011 |

NIH Reorganization Proposal Nothing To Crow About

[ASU] President Michael Crow has suggested in a series of published commentaries that the [NIH], currently funded to the tune of $31 billion annually, has not served the nation well and should be reorganized. But his cure surely would be worse than the disease...
November 9, 2011 | Forbes

Do We Need An Invisible Surgeon General?

Although some of the nation’s health care issues are complex and seem insoluble, others are relatively approachable...
November 3, 2011 |

If Obama Were Serious About Stimulating The Economy, Regulatory Reform Would Make A Difference

Instead, we have gotten (and are getting) profligate spending and wasteful, unscientific, nanny-state policies that inhibit innovation, discourage R&D, blunt wealth creation and kill jobs...
October 25, 2011 | Project Syndicate

Dying to Grow?

Studies that show an association between a factor and a health effect should be regarded as no more than a preliminary result that points researchers toward further research and analysis...
October 25, 2011 |

BPA Is Still OK

Studies on BPA from both sides need to be not only reported but also put into proper, real-world context for readers and viewers. Make an effort to understand the science and dig a little deeper...
October 18, 2011 |

A Confused And Confusing CDC

Faced with the question of whether to add a meningitis vaccine to the schedule of vaccines routinely recommended for infants, officials at the CDC are asking the wrong questions to the wrong people, and in a non-transparent way...
October 11, 2011 |

Steve Jobs Is Not The Only Example Of American Exceptionalism

Although it is true that Jobs made iconic contributions in several areas, including computers, phones and movie animation, I have had the privilege to know and be mentored by people of comparable accomplishments...
September 28, 2011 |

Cleaning Up The EWG's Dirty Dozen

We will never convince the dedicated ideologues of the error of their ways, but the media can — and must — do better at presenting accurate and complete information...
September 15, 2011

FDA Thumps Industry, Patients Feel the Pain

As the agency's demands escalate, fewer drugs and devices will make it to market...
September 14, 2011 |

Let Them Drink Dust!

In any scientific dispute spawned by the Endangered Species Act, the government almost always wins...But not always...
September 7, 2011 | Daily Caller (DC)

Getting the drop on terrorists

How different the past decade of American history might be if on September 11, 2001, airline passengers were as well informed and willing to intervene as they are now...
September 6, 2011 |

No End In Sight To Obama's Job-Killing Policies

There is a basic verity that seems to have eluded the president and his men: A recovering economy can only create private sector jobs if it encourages innovation and the creation of wealth...
August 31, 2011 |

Precaution Without Principle

[The application of the precautionary principle] often fails to consider that the status quo is not risk-free and that excessive regulation has costs and can result in an actual increase of risk if important new products and technologies are delayed or abandoned...
August 17, 2011 |

Fat-uous Approaches To the Obesity Problem

Activists, local government bureaucrats and federal officials continue to come up with dubious ways to promote health and reduce obesity. These approaches are either supported by meager or conflicting evidence or they are so intrusive that Americans will find them intolerable...
August 11, 2011 | Investor's Business Daily

It's Now Obama's Economy

It is an understatement to say that President Obama now owns the bad economy. He and his minions are actually creating and perpetuating it, policy by policy, decision by decision...
August 8, 2011 |

The Nuking Of Japan

Saturday Aug. 6 marked one of the United States’ most important but unheralded anniversaries...
August 3, 2011 |

Feds’ “Gotcha” Regulation Is Out Of Control

Instead of trying to improve the FDA’s dismal performance — which has caused drug approvals to plummet while boosting the costs of drug development and the time required for clinical trials — regulators are ramping up efforts to intimidate and harass industry...
August 3, 2011 | Project Syndicate

Tropics of Cancer?

Many people in poor countries die from cancers that are preventable or treatable in wealthier societies, but they often succumb to other scourges as well, such as infectious diseases. So what could and should be done about this conundrum...?
July 27, 2011 |

Is Your Local Government Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?

Although governments at every level are supposedly tightening their belts and many local jurisdictions are in genuine crisis, many of us confront bureaucratic profligacy and waste under our very noses...
July 20, 2011 |

Regulatory Trends, Real And Imagined

Increasingly risk-averse, capricious and at times hostile FDA regulation has made drug development progressively difficult in recent years...
July 12, 2011 |

Fear-Mongering, Junk Science And NRDC

Today, the NRDC continues its legacy of costly and specious scare campaigns — this time at the expense of unsuspecting Californians who are footing the bill for the group’s latest cause...
July 6, 2011 |

EPA Biotech Regulation Bucks The Scientific Consensus

The [EPA officials'] latest blunder is a flawed fix to a regulatory mess that they created in the first place — namely, the regulation of field trials and commercialization of genetically engineered plants...
June 29, 2011 |

Media White-wash Flawed Study Of Cancer Drug Approvals

Several things are disturbing about the media’s completely uncritical, credulous coverage of [a recent study of the regulatory approvals of cancer drugs]...
June 22, 2011 |

Back To The Future: Let’s Reverse 25 Years Of Flawed Agbiotech Regulation

It’s time to go back to the future and finally implement the scientific, common sense approach of the Coordinated Framework...
June 13, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Immunity: when it's smart to go with the herd

With once rare infectious diseases making a worrying comeback, we must stop permitting parents' 'philosophical exemptions'...
June 13, 2011 | New York Post

The joke that we call Congress

Will Rogers addressed the consequences of [Congressional] deficiencies: "When Congress makes a joke, it's a law, and when they make a law, it's a joke." There are many examples of the joke being on us...
June 7, 2011 |

Ethanol Subsidies: Dumping Corn In The Ocean Would Be A Better Idea

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act to repeal the tariff on ethanol imports and eliminate the $6-billion-a-year tax break that subsidizes the corn ethanol industry. It’s long overdue...
June 3, 2011 | Los Angeles Times

Obama healthcare: Government, heal thyself

The $100 million for 'community transformation grants' allocated under President Obama's healthcare plan will fund projects that have little evidence behind them...
June 1, 2011 |

Europe’s Food Poisoning Outbreak: Reaping What It Has Sown

For European organic marketers, politicians, activists and consumers, the irony is bitterer than fresh-picked radicchio. The technology that affords the best method of safeguarding the food supply is the one they’ve fought hardest to forestall and confound...
May 25, 2011 | Forbes

Food, Fraud And The Feds

Millions of Americans spend tens of billions of dollars annually on so-called “functional foods,” which are supposed to boost health in some way...
May 18, 2011 |

Scolds And Censors — Enough Already!

Following the targeted assassination of Osama bin Laden, the scolds, censors and self-styled moral arbiters of public behavior have come out of the woodwork to tell us how we should — or even how we’re “entitled” to — feel about it...
May 12, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

The great fuel fail: ethanol from corn

The US's vast subsidy of ethanol production for petrol is a disastrous case of special-interest capture of public policy...
May 10, 2011 |

Waste And Bad Judgment Sprout At The USDA

If you think government agencies are cutting back at present, you're thinking wrong...
May 5, 2011 |

Bin Laden Lived To Fight Another Day–Thanks To Bill Clinton

Just as we will never forget Sept. 11, we should not forget the dereliction of duty by President Clinton and those who were his enablers...
May 3, 2011 | Orange County Register

Clinton could have gotten Osama before 9/11

How ironic that when President Barack Obama made the historic announcement in the White House East Room about the killing of Osama bin Laden, Hillary Clinton was there...
May 2, 2011 | National Review Online

USDA’s War on Potatoes

When it comes to food, the government should not dictate our choices...
April 27, 2011 |

Feds’ Fat Budgets, Feeble Feats

Nowhere has...out-of-control spending been more marked than at federal regulatory agencies...
April 21, 2011 | Orange County Register

Putting pandering ahead of science

The capitulation of politicians to anti-industry, chemophobic activist groups is no substitute for science-based, data-driven decision-making...
April 14, 2011 | Nature

FDA, not NIH, can speed new drugs

Finding ways to accelerate the development of new pharmaceuticals is a worthy goal, but delegating the task to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a bad idea...
April 13, 2011 |

‘Chemical’ Is Not A Four-Letter Word

Two recent books about human exposure to chemicals offer very different views of the subject – different in tone, outlook, veracity and the value they provide to readers...
April 8, 2011 | Project Syndicate

Can Radiation Be Good For You?

The earthquake- and tsunami-related problems at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant have inspired endless commentary and speculation. Unfortunately, much of the debate about the disaster and its implications has been uninformed and problematic...
April 4, 2011 | Investor's Business Daily

The Ravages Of Regulators Left To Their Own Devices

...[As] a prototypic example of the impacts of wrongheaded public policy, the medical device sector is being ravaged by unwise and excessive federal regulation...
April 4, 2011 | Orange County Register

Salmon label bill should be thrown back

California proposal displays ignorance of science, history and the law...
March 30, 2011 | Blogs

Innovation Arrested By The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Wrong-headed regulation often has unintended consequences. A good example is governments’ approach to “genetically engineered” crops...
March 20, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

How we engineered the food crisis

Thanks to dysfunctional regulation of genetic engineering and misguided biofuels policy, the world's poorest are going hungry...
March 15, 2011

NIH Pharma Co. Is a Bad Idea

Remedy for the shrinking number of new medicines is not more government involvement...
February 10, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: Making Political Hay With Genetically Modified Alfalfa

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack hardly deserves kudos because he "made the right decision" after struggling over whether the Agriculture Department should approve a genetically engineered (GE) variety of alfalfa without gratuitous restrictions...
February 1, 2011

A Golden Opportunity Choked by Red Tape

Widespread Use of Vitamin A Enriched Rice Forestalled by Gratuitous Regulation...
January 28, 2011 | Los Angeles Times

The invisible surgeon general

Regina Benjamin has focused her attention almost exclusively on a single issue: obesity. That's not doing enough with the position...
January 12, 2011 |

The FDA Needs Strong Medicine

The FDA needs more responsible, expert and wise leadership. That will require not only a strong replacement for the deputy commissioner but a further housecleaning of the zealous ideologues in various senior policy making positions...
January 11, 2011 | San Jose Mercury News

Don't buy into the chromium-6 hysteria

Americans want and deserve safe drinking water. But we can achieve that without irresponsible activists pushing for unreasonable standards based on distorted science -- and politicians and regulators pandering to them...
January 5, 2011 |

Sack Vilsack!

The USDA secretary wants to cripple the genetic engineering of crop plants. Why that's a bad idea...
January 5, 2011 | New York Times

Letter: Flawed E.P.A. Policies

“A Coming Assault on the E.P.A.” (editorial, Dec. 25) urges the White House to support the agency, but the E.P.A.’s policies and product decisions have often been textbook examples of how not to regulate...
December 31, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

A Spoonful of Sugar Will Soon Cost More

Environmental lawsuits to obstruct and delay biotech crops will raise food prices in 2011...
December 29, 2010 | Orange County Register

Senators all wet about 'tainted' water

California's U.S. senators have demonstrated once again how a little bad science goes a long way...
December 26, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Diluting the 'chromium-6 in water' panic

An environmental pressure group report on hexavalent chromium in drinking water hugely overstates negligible risk...
December 22, 2010 |

Learning From Experience: Let NIH Be NIH

The National Institutes of Health is a world-class research institution. It should not assume the functions of venture capitalists and drug companies...
December 11, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

The EPA: 40 and past its prime

The Environmental Protection Agency is marking its 40th birthday, but its record gives little cause to celebrate...
December 10, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

Peace Prize puzzles

...[The Nobel Peace Prize] selectors seem to have confused potential with actual world-class achievement...The Peace Prizes should go to those who have actually accomplished something monumental...
December 6, 2010 |

Gore, Gobbledygook And Global Warming

Al Gore admitted his support for grain-based ethanol production was ill-advised and politically motivated. But his mea culpa didn't go far enough...
December 2, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily

The Topsy-Turvy Way We Deal With Risk

Scientists, educators and government officials must work harder to disabuse the public of misconceptions about risk so they can make smarter decisions about their health and well-being...
November 18, 2010 | Orange County Register

Cutting the FDA fat

Finally, there seems to be sentiment in Washington for actually reducing government spending – and there's plenty to cut...
November 16, 2010 | Project Syndicate

The Diarrhea Pioneers

On top of the devastation caused in Haiti by the January earthquake, Hurricane Tomas this month, and the subsequent dislocations, exposure, and malnutrition, the country is now experiencing an accelerating cholera outbreak...
November 13, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: Flu Shots and Medical Evidence

Joe Queenan debunks, somewhat reluctantly, the post hoc, ergo propter hoc (after this, therefore because of this) fallacy, which mistakenly links two events as cause and effect. I will never forget a vivid, personal near-example of it...
November 4, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

Heeding the message of the electorate

The people have spoken. Aggressive policy and personnel changes now can begin to refloat the sinking ship of government and to relieve many Americans’ growing frustration and disgust with politics and politicians...
November 3, 2010 | Project Syndicate

Understanding the Frankenstein Tradition

Synthetic biology offers the prospect of powerful new tools for research and development in innumerable fields. But its potential can be fulfilled only if regulatory oversight is based on science, sound risk analysis, and an appreciation of the mistakes of history...
October 28, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

A guy walks into a bar with a salmon...

By proposing legislation that would require labels on genetically engineered fish, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) illustrates perfectly why members of Congress deserve opprobrium, derision...and defeat...
October 27, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

The Cloned Cow Has Left the Barn

Most of us have probably eaten meat and dairy products from cloned livestock...
October 25, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

National politically correct radio

Juan Williams’ dismissal by NPR because of supposedly inappropriate remarks he made on Bill O’Reilly’s TV program once again exposes the radio network’s hypocrisy and bias...
October 18, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily

By Reporting Bad Science As Fact, Biased Media Help Create Panics

In the heated debate over the use and effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in food packaging and hard plastic containers, Americans are being exposed to a largely phony war...
October 14, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

Golden opportunity, red tape

The hundreds of journalists and pundits rhapsodizing about the rescue of the Chilean miners might want to give some thought to the preventable, ongoing disaster of vitamin A deficiency that is making millions of lives so miserable — and short...
October 7, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

Activists’ assault on green chemistry: method in the madness?

California is often regarded as a regulatory policy bellwether for the rest of the nation, so there was a great deal of attention paid when in 2008 the state became the first to adopt a program of “green chemistry"...
October 1, 2010 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

No Frost Fix Thanks to Feds

Crop Damage Due to Freezing Could Be Mitigated If Not for Overzealous Regulators...
October 4, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

We need divided government

Aggressive personnel (and policy) changes in the executive branch of government could begin to relieve many Americans’ growing frustration and disgust with our government. A change in the party that controls the Congress would be a good start...
September 28, 2010 | Washington Times

Agency dithers, reputation withers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation's most ubiquitous regulatory agency, increasingly has become not only excessively regulatory but also highly unpredictable and arbitrary...
September 22, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

Regulatory trends worsen the economy’s prognosis

Both the president himself and his appointees to senior positions at regulatory agencies such as FDA and EPA seem to be clueless about what businesses need — transparent, consistent, reasonable regulatory policies...
September 20, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

Not so pro-Bono

The most ambitious goal — “to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger” by 2015 — certainly cannot be accomplished without innovative technology. And that, in turn, cannot be developed in the face of UN-based bans and excessive regulatory barriers...
September 16, 2010 | Daily Caller (DC)

Putting pols to the test

According to the latest Gallup 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll, the U.S. Congress ranks dead last out of the 16 institutions rated. Only 11% percent of Americans have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in those who populate the institution...
September 14, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Turning gene science into a fishy business

The ultra-cautious FDA gives a clean bill of health to GM salmon, yet GM sceptic Dan Kennedy still can't accept it...
September 14, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

Upstream battle for genetically engineered salmon

Genetic engineering to make drugs and crop plants has spawned prodigious scientific, humanitarian and financial successes. But its application to animals for food has lagged. Blame public policy, not technical difficulty...
August 30, 2010 | Washington Times

Failing applied science

Obama advisers experiment with lethal business regulations...
August 25, 2010 | Washington Times

Anti-drug fear factor trumps facts

FDA found no danger, but liberals are addicted to hype...
August 24, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

The FDA needs egging on

If we had a sensible and safe policy that permitted more genetic engineering in farming, this egg recall might have been avoided...
August 17, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

Avastin shouldn't make the FDA give up on 'accelerated approval' of drugs

The recent high-profile case involving Avastin shouldn't be a black mark against the entire system...
August 11, 2010 |

Europe Is Crazy About (Cloned) Food

Cloning will make food cheaper, more consistent, nutritious and tasty--if parliamentarians get a grip and start acting rationally...
August 4, 2010 | Orange County Register

Newspaper's wedding gift to Chelsea

The New York Times' account of the July 31 Chelsea Clinton-Marc Mezvinsky $3-5 million nuptials ended with a quote from one of the local merchants who helped with the affair: "This is not a star-studded wedding. This is clearly about the bride and groom." Apparently, the Times agrees, because their coverage omitted any mention of the sordid family legacies borne by both the bride and groom...
August 5, 2010 | Medical Progress Today

Improving the FDA's REMS Program

The FDA recently concluded meetings reviewing industry, patient, and provider concerns surrounding the implementation of its Risk Evaluation & Mitigation Strategy (REMS) authorities...Given that the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2007 requires REMS not be "unduly burdensome" to providers or patients, how do you think that the FDA can incorporate these concerns into an improved REMS process that balances timely patient access with mitigating severe drugs risks?
August 4, 2010 |

Bad Times Ahead For Pharmaceutical Innovation

Two proposed changes aim to increase FDA's regulation of medical devices and drugs...
August 4, 2010 | New York Times

Letter: The Causes of Food-Borne Illness

The vast majority of food poisoning is caused by individuals’ mishandling of food; common lapses include the mishandling or undercooking of poultry and the inadequate refrigeration of food...
August 3, 2010 | Washington Times

California's bad chemistry

'Green' initiative will make household products more expensive...
July 28, 2010 |

Unlocking The Genetic Secrets Of Autism

A new study will spread greater awareness of the public health benefits of wider immunization...
July 15, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily

How Regulation Kills Medical Innovation

Day by day, policy by policy, decision by decision, the president's radical, anti-technology, anti-business political appointees are actively preventing the private sector from thriving and creating jobs...
July 21, 2010 | Washington Times

Too safe for our own good?

Extremists' product ban demands are irrational...
July 21, 2010 |

Federal Agencies: Waning Integrity, Dwindling Trust

Why shouldn't people have faith in the FDA and EPA? Because of excessive--as opposed to inadequate--regulation...
July 16, 2010 | Orange County Register

Some bad chemistry in California

Some regulators seem intent on running California's economy even further into the ground. Last month the California Environmental Protection Agency released proposed regulations under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Green Chemistry Initiative, a plan for a comprehensive statewide chemical monitoring system...
July 14, 2010 |

California's Bad Chemistry

The state's new green initiative will raise costs, drive away business and do nothing to protect its residents...
July 13, 2010 | Washington Times

Popping the Internet's poison pills

Counterfeit drugs are a threat even in the United States...
July 8, 2010 | Medical Progress Today

Are Foreign Clinical Drug Trials Safe?

For this edition of our Second Opinion forum, we've asked policy experts if they think the existing foreign clinical trial system puts patients in the US at risk, or if they think Americans are better off because of these trials...
June 30, 2010 |

Bias Infects The Gray Lady

Junk science and ''The New York Times...''
June 9, 2010 |

California's Diesel Regulations Are Hot Air

And they may portend a disturbing national trend...

June 9, 2010 |

Less Regulation--Not More--Would Have Saved Us

What could have been an effective high-tech method to remediate spills was killed by federal regulators...

June 2, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily

Obama Slips Up On Oil Spill Panel

While he headed the EPA, [William] Reilly was one of those know-nothing policymakers. Obama's tapping him to investigate the Gulf oil spill exemplifies what Newsweek and Washington Post contributing editor Robert Samuelson has called a "parody of leadership..."

June 2, 2010 |

Chemicals, Cancer And Claptrap

Obama's cancer panel is more toxic than the chemicals it condemns...

May 23, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

No oil spills with the nuclear option

Nuclear power is a safer, more environmentally friendly source of electricity. So why does the US still rely on coal and oil instead...?

May 21, 2010 | Washington Times

Luddites in the lab

EPA shares blame for impeding oil-spill cleanup technology...

May 19, 2010 | Forbes

All The News That Fits

Junk science and The New York Times...

May 12, 2010 | Forbes

Off Target On Off-Label Drugs

Perhaps via the judiciary, society must balance safety with the right of patients and their physicians to make decisions about medical therapies...

May 7, 2010 | Forbes

FDA's Risk Aversion Is Endangering Children

The agency has sown confusion by asking physicians to stop administering a vaccine that even they admit is safe...

May 5, 2010 | Forbes

Precaution Without Principle

Controversies raging over BPA and other chemicals are undermining science and wasting taxpayer dollars...

May 5, 2010 | Project Syndicate

Re-Booting DDT

[The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation] could do a lot more good by helping to de-stigmatize an old, cheap, and safe way to control the mosquitoes that spread the disease: the chemical DDT...

May 3, 2010 | Orange County Register

Oil spills can be eaten up

Innovation had been stymied by EPA's hostile policies toward the most sophisticated new genetic engineering techniques...

May 3, 2010 | Miami Herald

DDT can stymie malaria-carrying mosquitoes in Haiti

Poor tropical countries like Haiti where malaria is endemic desperately need cheap, effective control of mosquitoes. Instead of continuing the politically correct stigmatization of DDT, United Nations agencies and NGOs such as the Red Cross should be rushing supplies of it to Haiti...

April 30, 2010 | Forbes

EPA Slips On Oil Spills

What could have been an effective high-tech method to remediate spills was killed by federal regulators...

April 23, 2010 | Orange County Register

Answering to activists

Largely under the radar the Obama administration has installed a cadre of big-government, power-hungry political appointees whose decision-making is contrary to the public interest...

April 22, 2010 | Forbes

A Greener Earth Day

Science and technology must play vital roles in environmental protection...

April 19, 2010 | Wall Street Journal Europe

Potato-Head Regulators

Treating genetically engineered products as though they pose inherent, unique risks, despite all the evidence to the contrary, is not very smart.

April 16, 2010 | Forbes

Pediatric Environmentalism

Every schoolchild these days seems to be a devoted environmentalist, able to spell "sustainable" before "dog."

April 6, 2010 | Forbes

The Silent Epidemic

While the H1N1 swine flu outbreak has received most of the public and media attention during the past year, another virus has sickened a huge number of Americans (and others).

April 5, 2010 | Project Syndicate

The Pandemic That Wasn’t

Last June, the United Nations’ World Health Organization, responding to an outbreak of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, boosted the pandemic alert to the highest level, Phase 6, meaning that a pandemic was under way – the first time in 41 years that the organization had taken that declared step.

March 25, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

FDA's new policies threaten innovation

Zeal has replaced science and common sense at the Food and Drug Administration. . . .

March 23, 2010 | Forbes

Death By Dietary Supplement

The FDA needs to regulate herbal remedies and products. . . .

March 17, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: Feeding the Propaganda of Anti-Technology Activists

Peter Berkowitz is right to condemn abuses in the peer-review process ("Climategate Was an Academic Disaster Waiting to Happen," op-ed, March 13 ), many of which reflect the biases of both articles' referees and journal editors. . . .

March 15, 2010 | Forbes

No Politician Left Behind

Candidates and incumbents need periodic intelligence and mental status testing. . . .

March 11, 2010 | Forbes

The Pandemic That Wasn't

The incompetence of the World Health Organization. . . .

March 1, 2010 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

Tempering Regulation with Common Sense

Regulators Need Appropriate Incentives and Disincentives. . . .

March 1, 2010 | Nature Biotechnology

Why FDA recruitment of 'critics'is a problem

The News article by Catherine Shaffer in the December issue1 entitled “FDA recruits prominent critics” contends that the “the general response” to the appointment of anti-industry zealot Peter Lurie of Public Citizen “is positive, even among those who don't necessarily agree with Lurie's positions.”. . .

March 1, 2010 | Forbes

Al Gore's Personality Disorder

Is the former vice president not-so-secretly a narcissistic, shameless phony? . . .

March 1, 2010 | Orange County Register

Adapt and survive Gore's apocalypse

Just when we thought that at long last we wouldn't have Al Gore to kick around any more, he resurfaces with a characteristically pretentious, apocalyptic New York Times op-ed [Feb. 27] about global warming, "an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it." . . .

February 27, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Unreason marches on

As celebrities endorse nonsensical diets and journalists lend credence to anecdote over science, are we heading for disaster? . . .

February 24, 2010 | Forbes

Utterly Repellent

A ban on chemical DDT has led to a rise in insect-borne diseases. . . .

February 23, 2010 | Orange County Register

Do bureaucrats want fat kids?

An Associated Press story about the first lady's "Let's Move" campaign to address the national epidemic of childhood obesity began: "Michelle Obama wears blinders, of sorts." . . .

February 12, 2010 | Forbes

Battle Of The Bulge

To end the obesity epidemic, the government will need a new approach. . . .

February 5, 2010 | Forbes

'The Lancet' Pricks Itself

The British medical journal's controversial history. . . .

February 4, 2010 | Washington Times

More regulators mean less innovation

Cut budgets so federal agencies focus on what's important. . . .

January 29, 2010 | Forbes

Feds Freeze Out Frost Fix

Regulatory obstacles will hurt crops and the economy. . . .

January 22, 2010 | Forbes

The Seeds Of Irresponsible Activism

Why banning genetically engineered sugar beets and alfalfa will hurt the economy and environment. . . .

January 20, 2010 | Regulation (Cato Institute)

On Acetaminophen

I must disagree with Jeremy Lott’s criticism (“Worse than the Cure,” Fall 2009) of a set of regulatory proposals formulated last summer by a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel. . . .

January 12, 2010 | Forbes

Parody Of Leadership

Obama's alarmingly inept high-level political appointees. . . .

January 11, 2010 | Orlando Sentinel

Feds freeze out frost antidote

Blasts of arctic air brought prolonged, record-breaking low temperatures last week from the Midwest to the Southeast. . . .

January 6, 2010 | Washington Times

Better a vigilante than a target

Wild West makes a comeback with underwear bomber. . . .

December 28, 2009 | Orange County Register

Orange Grove: When terror boards your flight

In the Wild West, when law enforcement was spotty or nonexistent, vigilantes sometimes stepped in. . . .

December 21, 2009 | Forbes

ObamaCare Threatens Personalized Medicine

The government's rationing of expensive care would be a cure worse than the disease. . . .

December 17, 2009 | Forbes

Cut Fat Before Increasing Spending

On Dec. 13 the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that increases the budgets for a wide spectrum of federal departments and agencies, including health, education, veterans' and law enforcement programs. . . .

December 13, 2009 | Washington Times

Avoid a bad drug trip

Federal regulators have warned that taking two common medicines together could harm millions of Americans. . . .

December 1, 2009 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

Pharma Innovation in Critical Condition

New Restrictions on Prescribing, Advertising, Distribution, and Sales Could Debilitate Industry . . . .

December 9, 2009 | Forbes

Survival Of The Fittest

From the earth's poles to the tropics, from the oceans to the planet's most fertile farming regions, global warming could present daunting challenges. . . .

December 7, 2009 | Washington Times

Better vaccines for the next pandemic

The H1N1 swine flu has sickened at least 22 million and killed almost 4,000 in the United States since April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . . .

November 18, 2009 | Forbes

How Similar Are Biosimilars?

Not enough to significantly reduce drug spending. . . .

November 17, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily

With A New Ideologue In Charge, It's (Bad) Business As Usual At EPA

The only things being protected these days by the Environmental Protection Agency are the insupportable, unscientific views of radical activists. . . .

November 18, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: In D.C., Health-Care Profit Becomes a Deadly Sin

Some of the assumptions made by Mr. Della Vedova about "biosimilar" copies of a class of drugs called "biologics" are dubious. . . .

November 13, 2009 | Forbes

Stop The (Health Reform) Juggernaut

The Pelosi bill will hurt not only drugmakers, but patients too. . . .

November 7, 2009 | New York Post

Shutting off the miracle-drug spigot

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right last week when she called her latest health-care-reform proposal a "his toric moment": After decades of life-saving and cost-cutting scientific innovations from drug and medical-device companies...

November 1, 2009 | Washington Times

No placebo for lower costs

There must be a self-satisfied smirk on the face of the executives at big pharmaceutical companies as they watch congressional Democrats attempt to punish health insurance plans for having the nerve to raise questions about the consequences of current health reform proposals...

October 20, 2009 | Forbes

Hunger, Hypocrisy And The U.N.

Bill Gates may be the world's richest person--and also the most generous, as measured by amount of philanthropy--but we shouldn't assume this makes him the most perspicacious...

October 13, 2009 | Orange County Register

Ignoble Nobel winners

Portuguese neurologist Egas Moniz received the 1949 Nobel Prize in physiology/medicine for "his discovery of the therapeutic value of [prefrontal lobotomy]in certain psychoses," including depression and schizophrenia...

October 10, 2009 | Forbes

Outlawing Offensive Orange Juice

Frank Young, former head of the Food & Drug Administration, used to admonish his minions that there were times that common sense should prevail over established policies or rules...

October 2, 2009 | Orange County Register

A tax by many other names

President Barack Obama, appearing recently on ABC-TV's "This Week," made what may be the most revealing statements of his tenure...

September 22, 2009 | Far Eastern Economic Review

Life, Death and DDT

Scientists recently discovered in Southeast Asia the first evidence of resistance to the world's most effective drugs for treating malaria, the artemisinins...

September 16, 2009 | Washington Times

A man for all seasons

Norman Borlaug, the plant breeder known as the father of the Green Revolution, passed away on Saturday at the age of 95...

September 8, 2009 | Forbes

A Dangerous Cost-Cutting Prescription

Health care reform is intended to control spending, expand coverage and protect consumers...

September 1, 2009 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

Activism, Mendacity, and Pathological Science

Consumers are increasingly being exposed to what chemistry Nobel laureate Irving Langmuir dubbed “pathological science,” the “science of things that aren’t so.”...

August 24, 2009 | Forbes

Legislative Lemon

The federal Cash for Clunkers program ends Monday--and good riddance...

August 23, 2009 | Washington Times

Personalized Rx therapy

Two drug companies that jointly market a prominent cancer drug recently changed the labeling to discourage the drug's use in colon-cancer patients who have certain gene mutations, following clinical studies that showed the drug is not effective in those patients...

August 21, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

The drugs do work

Once upon a time there was a horse that was so productive working in the field that he put all the other horses to shame...

August 12, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Fight Droughts with Science

News that India may suffer a weaker-than-normal monsoon this year is raising concerns about crop yields and food supply...

August 11, 2009 | Forbes

Homeopathic Medicine Is Homeo-Pathetic

"Complementary and alternative medicine" is big business, accounting for almost $34 billion annually in out-of-pocket spending in the U.S., according to a report from the National Institutes of Health released last month...

August 6, 2009 | Forbes

User Fees Confuse and Abuse

Federal "user fees," a sort of tax imposed on those who benefit directly from governmental actions or programs, are familiar to many Americans: The charges range from admission to national parks to the processing of passports...

August 5, 2009 | Los Angeles Times

Healthcare reform that's hard to swallow

It has become fashionable at the White House and on Capitol Hill to try to cut costs at the expense of the research-intensive (as opposed to generic) pharmaceutical industry...

July 7, 2009 | TCS Daily

Avoiding Bad Drug-Trips

It's no secret that medicines can enhance the quality or length of life but may cause problems -- even life-threatening ones -- if they are misused...

July 9, 2009 | Forbes

Michael Jackson's Drug Dealers

If there is any truth in the reports about the grab bag of potent drugs found in Michael Jackson's medicine cabinet, it's no wonder he experienced cardiac arrest, probably preceded by respiratory arrest...

July 2, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Deadly painkillers

Another reminder came this week that medicines can enhance the quality or length of life but may cause problems – even life-threatening ones – if they are taken carelessly...

June 29, 2009 | Far Eastern Economic Review

The Pandemic That Isn't

Cases of H1N1 swine flu continue to appear—especially in the Southern Hemisphere...

June 20, 2009 | Forbes

A Costly And Wasteful FDA

How would you feel if you had to slip $100 to somebody at the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew your car registration?...

June 14, 2009 | Washington Times

A premature 'pandemic' call

Cases of H1N1 swine flu continue to appear - especially in Australia, which has seen cases quadruple in a week, with confirmed cases surpassing 1,200...

June 12, 2009 | Forbes

Will Americans (Literally) Be Dying For ObamaCare?

Remember Harry and Louise, the made-for-television couple whose advertisements helped scuttle the Clinton health care plan 16 years ago?...

June 1, 2009 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

Science and Technology Are Essential to Economic Recovery

In his weekly message on March 7, President Obama tried to reassure a nation jittery about the economy: “With every test, each generation has found the capacity to not only endure, but to prosper­to discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis.”...

May 29, 2009 | Forbes

Monkeying Around With Genetic 'Enhancement'

Scientists have created a line of monkeys carrying a gene that encodes a green fluorescent protein integrated into their DNA and passed on to their offspring...

May 29, 2009 | Far Eastern Economic Review

Activism: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Activism can be a good thing...

May 16, 2009 | New York Times

Letter: W.H.O. and Swine Flu

Re “Managing a Flu Threat With Seasoned Urgency” (front page, May 10): As the co-discoverer of one of the key enzymes of the influenza virus and as someone who has written extensively about H5N1 avian flu, I do not count myself among the “flu experts” who believe that the World Health Organization and Dr. Margaret Chan, its director general, “performed well” during the current outbreak of H1N1 swine flu...

May 7, 2009 | Forbes

The Worst Emerging Disease of All

The emergence of new viral diseases serves as a reminder of the high stakes and huge ripple effect of public health decision-making...

May 8, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Letter to the Editor: Off-Label Use of Drugs Can Save Lives and Provide Data

One can argue that the situation regarding off-label prescribing of drugs is even worse than described by Richard A. Epstein ("Cancer Patients Deserve Faster Access to Life-Saving Drugs," May 2)...

May 8, 2009 | Chicago Tribune

The flu leaves us with a wake-up call

Just when concerns about H5N1 avian flu seemed to give way to other worries -- especially the flagging economy -- a new strain of H1N1 swine flu swept into our consciousness...

May 7, 2009 | New York Post

Swine-Flu Hysteria: Who Dunnit

NOW that the H1N1 swine-flu outbreak appears to be waning, it's time to draw important lessons from what happened...

April 30, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily

Will Bad Science Policy Sink Recovery?

President Obama tried recently to reassure a nation jittery about the economy: "(W)ith every test, each generation has found the capacity to not only endure, but to prosper — to discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis."...

April 29, 2009 | TCS Daily

The Fajita Flu

Influenza pandemics are the stuff of nightmares...

April 28, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Understanding Swine Flu

The extent and impact of the swine flu epidemic, which appears to have originated in Mexico and spread rapidly to a dozen countries and parts of the U.S., is still unknown...

April 27, 2009 | Los Angeles Times

More crop for the drop

America's politicians and government officials have been slow to grasp the importance of societal resilience -- the ability to recover from or adapt to adversity...

April 20, 2009 | TCS Daily

FDA's Woes Will Grow Under New Leadership

The FDA, which regulates products worth more than $1 trillion -- a quarter of every consumer dollar -- has over the past two decades become a dangerous impediment to patients' getting the medicines they need...

April 7, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily

Solution To Drought: It's In The Genes

California is short of more than jobs, money and optimism these days...

April 3, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Obama's timid new world

The scientific community is practically giddy at the prospect of the Obama administration after the supposed cynicism, manipulation and ignorance of the Bush years...

April 2, 2009 | Orange County Register

The Orange Grove: Learn to manage your fear

In a just-released survey weighted to mimic the nation's adult population, 64 percent of respondents reported that the financial downturn had already caused them to make "painful" cutbacks in spending this year, while 27 percent reported being "extremely" or "very" worried about being able to pay bills...

March 29, 2009 | Wall Street Journal Europe

Activism in the Time of Cholera

The cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has sickened more than 100,000 and killed at least 4,500, with more cases reported daily...

March 15, 2009 | Orange County Register

Politicians, celebrities flaunt scientific illiteracy

Deciding how to vote in the November election was excruciatingly difficult: I was so put off by the pronouncements on scientific issues by Barack Obama, John McCain and Sarah Palin that, in the end, I didn't vote for a candidate for president...

March 19, 2009 | Forbes

Bad Bugs From Overuse Of Drugs

The misery of a bad head cold is something that most of us have experienced...

March 19, 2009 | National Review

No Stimulus to Smarter Regulation

Federal regulation imposes staggering costs on the economy — costs that dwarf even the massive “economic stimulus” package signed by the president: about $1.1 trillion annually (as of 2005)...

March 15, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

The wrong way to fix the FDA

The one thing everyone in Washington seems to agree on these days is that the food and drug administration is in trouble and needs major "change"...

March 10, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily

For Drug Cos., It's Get Bigger Or Get Crushed

The acquisition by Merck of competitor Schering-Plough for $41.1 billion is not a sign of corporate health...

March 6, 2009 | TCS Daily

Avoiding Conflict of Interest, or Conflicting Ideas?

In order to avoid conflicts of interest, President Obama promised repeatedly that he would not appoint lobbyists to positions in his administration, and one of his first actions in office was to issue an executive order forbidding executive branch employees from working in an agency or on a program for which they have lobbied during the previous two years...

February 27, 2009 | New York Times

Letters: Another Test, This Time for the School Lunch

To the Editor: Alice Waters and Katrina Heron’s suggestions for improvements in the National School Lunch Program include a healthy helping of wishful thinking and inconsistency...

February 15, 2009 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

Overreacting to Perceived Risks

From rubber duckies and plastic bottles to pesticides used in agriculture, the world often seems full of lethal hazards...

March 1, 2009 | Trends in Biotechnology

A golden opportunity, squandered

Even when used to make products of negligible risk and that contribute significantly to public health, recombinant DNA technology (a.k.a. 'genetic modification', or GM) applied to agriculture has a tough row to hoe...

February 17, 2009 | Wall Street Journal Asia

An Unknown Epidemic

China has an unenviable record on international public health cooperation, to put it kindly...

February 13, 2009 | Forbes

No Stimulus For R&D

Congress continues to show that it cares more about perception than performance, more about public relations than the public...

February 9, 2009 | National Review

Environmental Protection, in Name Only

The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, promised during her confirmation hearing to base agency policies and decisions on science, not politics: “If I am confirmed, I will administer with science as my guide, ” she said...

February 5, 2009 | New York Post

The New Drug War

HERE'S some more bad news for the New York-New Jersey area: The once-invulnerable pharmaceutical industry is facing tough times of its own...

February 5, 2009 | American

Translating Rhetoric Into Reality

The costs of healthcare can be “nation-ruining,” warned outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt...

January 27, 2009 | Forbes

Pfizer Weds Wyeth

The acquisition by Pfizer, the world's largest drug company, of rival Wyeth, for $68 billion, is something of an act of desperation...

January 26, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily

Greens' War Against All Chemicals Will Do Little To Reduce Our Risks

A report from a panel appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says that California should expand pollution prevention initiatives, add "green chemistry" to public school curricula and offer public access to comprehensive information about the chemicals in consumer products...

January 14, 2009 | Shanghai Daily

Regulators foil science's vitamin A deficit remedy

A GROUP of multi-national European scientists has used gene-splicing techniques to create an extraordinary tomato...

January 11, 2009 | Los Angeles Times

'Natural' remedies need oversight

Many Americans are at risk from the combinations of prescription pills, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements and foods they consume...

January 8, 2009 | San Diego Union-Tribune

Dangerous products from China

Lethal tampering with food or drug ingredients (to say nothing of lead paint in toys and poisonous toothpaste) from China seems to be business as usual...

January 9, 2009 | Forbes

Bespoke Drugs

Personalized health care should be an "explicit goal of health care reform" for the Obama administration, outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt wrote in a "note on the desk'' to his successor...

December 29, 2008 | TCS Daily

Putting Congress to the Test

It's hardly a secret that the U.S. congress performs miserably: The Gallup annual poll on confidence in institutions, released several months ago, found "just 12% of Americans expressing confidence in Congress, the lowest of the 16 institutions tested this year, and the worst rating Gallup has measured for any institution in the 35-year history of this question."...

December 1, 2008 | Far Eastern Economic Review

China's Contaminated Brand

China’s food adulteration woes continue as testing has revealed that melamine contamination of eggs produced in three provinces has caused kidney stones and renal failure in children...

December 9, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Strong medicine needed

As he introduced his new budget director last week, President-elect Barack Obama said that in tough economic times, the government must "shed the spending we don't need" by getting rid of federal programmes that no longer make sense and running others in a more frugal way...

December 9, 2008 | National Review

Vox, Overrated

Sometimes politics has to take a backseat to science...

December 15, 2008 | Weekly Standard

Dr. Daschle's Dubious Cure

By choosing a seasoned Washington operator like former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle as secretary of health and human services, President-elect Barack Obama has made his health care priorities clear...

December 1, 2008 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

Vilification of Bovine Growth Hormone Udderly Unwarranted

Milk occupies a special place in our lives and language...

December 1, 2008 | TCS Daily

Mr. Dingell's Bullying Pulpit

Most of the coverage of the departure of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) from the powerful chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has focused on his anti-environmentalism and his staunch defense of the interests of dysfunctional Detroit automobile manufacturers...

November 18, 2008 | Washington Times

FDA overhaul overdue

As they say in the blogosphere, follow the link...

November 12, 2008 | Investor's Business Daily

A Chance To Turn Around The FDA

One of the least visible but most important of the Obama administration's appointments will be the head of the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates products worth more than $1 trillion, or 25 cents of every consumer dollar...

October 27, 2008 | Forbes

A 'Negative' Label For Drug Makers

In a recent Wall Street Journal article about a drug company's alleged suppression of unfavorable findings in clinical trials, the reporter repeatedly used terms like "negative studies," "negative outcomes" and "negative results."...

October 19, 2008 | Washington Times

A worsening medical condition

A cornerstone of American medicine is physicians' ability to prescribe drugs for not-yet-approved uses, based on findings in the medical literature and their own clinical judgment...

October 12, 2008 | New York Times

Letters: The F.D.A. and Engineered Food

The Food and Drug Administration’s proposed policy is inconsistent and unwise...

October 2, 2008 | Forbes

Side Effects May Include…

Turbulent and uncertain markets often elicit a flight to quality stocks and to sectors less likely to be affected...

October 1, 2008 | Washington Times

Biotech to bring home the bacon?

A Food and Drug Administration policy published for public comment Sept. 18 threatens the health of a promising new field, the production of animals with novel and valuable traits...

September 21, 2008 | Orange County Register

West Nile: Where's the DDT?

West Nile virus has hit California particularly hard this year, causing at least 155 serious illnesses – more than twice as many as in any other state – and three deaths...

September 15, 2008 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

Thwarting Domestic Terrorism

Earlier this year, firebombs that exploded minutes apart destroyed a car parked outside the campus home of a researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and burned the front door of another’s house...

September 10, 2008 | Nature Biotechnology

Auf Wiedersehen, agbiotech

Recombinant DNA technology, or genetic modification (GM), applied to agriculture has yielded a cornucopia of grains, fruits and vegetables that are resistant to disease, salt or drought, display enhanced nutritional content or produce higher yield with lower chemical input and environmental impact...

September 3, 2008 | Washington Times

Udder nonsense about milk

Milk occupies a special place in our lives and language...

August 19, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

The Dunce of Wales

Once again, Prince Charles has demonstrated a pitfall of the sort of inbreeding that has plagued the royal families of Europe for centuries: feeblemindedness...

August 19, 2008 | National Review Online

The Real Truth about Drug Companies

I never knew my maternal grandparents...

August 7, 2008 | San Diego Union-Tribune

Terrorists hit university researchers

Last week, firebombs that exploded minutes apart destroyed a car parked outside the campus home of a researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz, and burned the front door of another's home...

August 6, 2008 | Investor's Business Daily

Drug Innovation Has Fallen Victim To Risk-Averse, Anti-Industry Gov't

As a wet-behind-the-ears medical intern, a colleague of mine once greeted a new patient with a breezy, "So what's your problem?"...

August 1, 2008 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: Consider Mr. Gore's Past Record on New Technology

Bret Stephens is right to marvel at how seriously Al Gore's blather is taken ("Al Gore's Doomsday Clock," Global View, July 22), especially given his dismal record of prognostication and judgment on technology over many years...

July 11, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Risky business

Worried about trace chemicals in the water supply or carbon monoxide in your home?...

July 11, 2008 | Washington Times

Putting Congress to the test

Gallup's annual poll on confidence in institutions, released June 20, finds "just 12 percent of Americans expressing confidence in Congress, the lowest of the 16 institutions tested this year, and the worst rating Gallup has measured for any institution in the 35-year history of this question."...

July 3, 2008 | Washington Times

Down on the pharms?

As a fresh-faced medical intern, a colleague of mine greeted a new patient with a breezy, "So what's your problem?"...

June 15, 2008 | Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (NY)

No Member of Congress Left Behind

Most Americans are unhappy with the performance of the U.S. Congress, which has granted no favors recently to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries...

June 24, 2008 | Wall Street Journal Europe

Auf Wiedersehen, Academic Freedom

Imagine for a moment that a researcher at a typical European or North American university was being threatened to halt his studies of, say, a new metal alloy for airplanes or a treatment for malaria...

June 11, 2008 | New York Post


IT'S the organic-food industry's worst nightmare: The surest answers to "killer tomatoes" are "Frankenfood" and irradiation, both anathema to the "natural" crowd...

June 11, 2008 | Chicago Tribune

Repelling the attack of the tainted tomatoes

Unfortunately, produce growers cannot protect us 100 percent of the time...

June 10, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Attack of the killer tomatoes

An outbreak of food poisoning first linked to a bacterium called Salmonella Saintpaul in raw tomatoes has spread to at least 16 states over the past several months...

June 4, 2008 | Washington Times

COMMENTARY: EPA's slimy regulation

Members of the California State Assembly's no-amount-of-regulation-is-ever- enough Democratic caucus recently announced forthcoming legislation to address oil spills...

May 27, 2008 | National Review Online

All Wet

It’s springtime, and political correctness is blooming in Iowa...

May 23, 2008 | Washington Times

Drugged out on the Hill

The Framers of the U.S. Constitution purposefully divided governance among three separate but interdependent branches, intending to ensure the principal powers — legislative, executive and judicial — were not concentrated in a single branch...

May 21, 2008 | Orange County Register

Henry Miller: Diesel-exhaust risks: mostly hot air?

If you were strapped for cash and lived in North Dakota, would you spend money on hurricane insurance?...

May 15, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Europe's bad harvest

European Union officials continue to refuse to let the World Trade Organisation save them from themselves...

May 15, 2008 | Financial Times

Facts that contradict the ‘Big Lie’ about bio-crops

John Little (Letters, May 12) perpetuates much of the “Big Lie” about genetically modified food – namely, that it is untested, unregulated, unsafe and unwanted...

May 8, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Natural selection

"Enhancement" of physical and mental abilities is becoming more and more sophisticated, at least for those who can afford it...

April 29, 2008 | Far Eastern Economic Review

Avian Flu: Triage and Survival

Chinese officials have reported that the country’s fifth outbreak of the H5N1 avian flu this year is killing chickens in poultry markets in the southern city of Guangzhou...

April 24, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

When more means worse

Ever-increasing governmental regulation is in vogue on both sides of the Atlantic these days...

April 23, 2008 | Orange County Register

Innovating Out of Food Shortages

Higher food prices worldwide are big – and bad – news...

April 22, 2008 | FoodTechnology

Scientists Clone, Bureaucrats Clown

After six years of deliberation, in January 2008, the Food and Drug Administration finally—and rightly—concluded that food from cloned animals is safe and may be sold and consumed...

April 17, 2008 | Investor's Business Daily

The Risky Business Of Regulating Risk

Congress has been in a regulating mood for the past few years, spurring federal agencies directly or indirectly to pile new regulatory requirements (and inflated costs) onto myriad consumer products and activities...

April 20, 2008 | New York Times

Letters: Costly Drugs, Unfair Burdens

I take issue with your statement that “drug companies, especially the biotechnology companies, are at the root of the problem; they often charge exorbitant prices for monopoly drugs that were developed with heavy government assistance.”...

April 16, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Gene therapy

The head of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation warned last week that critically low food supplies and high demand portend a crisis...

March 31, 2008 | Washington Times

Bad drugs at a pharmacy near you

The FDA believes it has discovered the contaminant in the blood-thinning drug heparin that has caused hundreds of allergic reactions and 19 deaths.

March 27, 2008 | Washington Times

Our Impoverished FDA

The head of the Food and Drug Administration, the nation's most ubiquitous regulatory agency — which regulates products accounting for 25 cents of every consumer dollar — is crying poor....

April 1, 2008 | Heartland Institute

Abuse, Misuse of Peer Review Process Allow Spread of Scientific Misinformation

Those of us who regularly seek out information about scientific and medical subjects have learned there's a hierarchy of reliability...

March 14, 2008 | Far Eastern Economic Review

Asia Embraces Biotech, Despite the United Nations

It is hard to open a newspaper without finding a new example of corruption, malfeasance or misconduct by United Nations officials or agencies...

March 15, 2008 | Genetic Engineering News

Designing Improved Humans

The well-publicized use by athletes of performance-enhancing drugs including androgenic steroids and human growth hormone has gotten more people than ever before thinking and talking about the subject...

March 10, 2008 | Orange County Register

Going off on 'off-label' drugs

It has become fashionable to bash prescription medicines and the industry that makes them...

March 6, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Lack of peer pressure

People who use science to inform their decisions and policies, on anything from cancer prevention to climate change and food safety, know about the hierarchy of reliability...

February 29, 2008 | Washington Times

Agricultural trade squeals

European Union officials adamantly refuse to let the World Trade Organization save them from themselves...

February 27, 2008 | Investor's Business Daily

Pols Drunk On Corn-Based Ethanol Have Left Millions With Hangover

"There is a right way and a wrong way to produce (ethanol)," the New York Times editorialized on Feb. 24...

February 27, 2008 | World Politics Review

The Global Poor Will Suffer the Worst Ethanol Hangover

The headlong rush in many parts of the world to replace oil with biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel) illustrates how the best of intentions can run afoul of the law of unintended consequences...

February 15, 2008 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: The Other Drug War: Rx for Helping the FDA Do Its Many Tasks

Regarding "The Real FDA Scandal" (Review & Outlook, Feb. 6): You are correct that "spend[ing] more money" alone will not remedy the FDA's most significant problems, which are: mismanagement, a corporate culture that is excessively risk-averse, and lack of accountability...

February 15, 2008 | Investor's Business Daily

For Business, 'Socially Responsible' Should Mean Earning A Big Profit

Bill Gates may be the world's richest person -- and also the most generous, as measured by amount of philanthropy -- but we shouldn't assume those characteristics make him the most perspicacious...

February 1, 2008 | Genetic Engineering News

Firms Need to Focus on Profits

President Calvin Coolidge was famous for saying that the business of America is business...

February 10, 2008 | New York Times

Letter: It’s Time to Reform the F.D.A.

Although it’s true that the Food and Drug Administration lacks “enough money or enough skilled scientists to do its job,” more resources alone are not the answer...

February 7, 2008 | World Politics Review

The United Nations' Unscientific War on Biotechnology

Many of us can recall when it was hazardous for tourists to drink tap water in much of Europe...

February 5, 2008 | San Diego Union-Tribune

Fighting a silent norovirus epidemic

Hollywood's depictions of germ-phobic, obsessive hand-washing, such as by Jack Nicholson in the film “As Good As It Gets,” are good for a laugh...

January 23, 2008 | World Politics Review

Europe's Continued Hostility to GM Crops Runs Afoul of Science, WTO

France, Germany, and the United Kingdom may have new leaders who bring the promise overall of better trans-Atlantic relations, but when it comes to the politics of global trade, some things never change. ..

January 21, 2008 | Orange County Register

Test legislators for 'befuddability'

Most Americans are unhappy with the performance of Congress: Recent major polls have found congressional approval ratings in the range of 20 percent to 28 percent...

January 11, 2008 | TCS Daily

Felon-Friendly Congress

Often, what emerges from Congress is a parody not only of good government, but of common sense...

January 12, 2008 | FEER Forum

Medicines That Kill

Warehoused pharmaceuticals recently seized in Dubai were part of a complex supply chain of counterfeits that ran from China through Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and the Bahamas, finally leading to an Internet pharmacy whose American customers believed they were buying medicine from Canada...

December 30, 2007 | Washington Times

Asinine activism

Activism can be a good thing...

December 20, 2007 | Investor's Business Daily

An 'Imperial' Congress Endangers Pipeline Of Drugs To U.S. Market

The framers of the U.S. Constitution purposefully distributed the essential business of government among three separate but interdependent branches, intending to ensure that the principal powers — legislative, executive and judicial — were not concentrated in the hands of any single branch...

December 18, 2007 | Los Angeles Times

Stop scaring us

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a statewide ban in October on children's toys that contain more than minuscule amounts of chemicals called phthalates, he was simply carrying on a California tradition of misguided, often damaging "health" regulations...

December 15, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: Medicine for Big Pharma's Anemic Condition

The Journal accurately describes the drug industry's malaise ("Big Pharma Faces Grim Prognosis," page one, Dec. 6), but it isn't so much that "the industry's science engine has stalled" but that government regulators have slammed on the brakes...

December 4, 2007 | TCS Daily

Why It Takes a Village (To Afford a Prescription)

I once heard columnist George Will refer to a general election as a futile narcissistic exercise...

December 1, 2007 | Genetic Engineering News

Anti-Social Bio-Activism

Activism can be a good thing...

November 11, 2007 | Washington Times

Solonic / moronic

Charlie Munger, vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett's long-time business partner, once shared with me the secret of their success, "Warren and I have made a lot of money simply by not being stupid..."

November 4, 2007 | San Francisco Chronicle

Radio host Michael Krasny opens up in 'Off Mike'

Michael Krasny's tell-all memoir, "Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life," will disappoint many of his National Public Radio listeners...

November 2, 2007 | New York Post

To Slay 'Superbug' We Must Find New Antibotics

In the war between pathogenic bacteria and humans, the microbes seem to be winning: They're evolving resistance to our antibiotics faster than we're evolving new ways to attack them...

October 23, 2007 | Washington Times

Bad bugs, few drugs

There is a constant war between pathogenic bacteria and humans, and the microbes seem to be winning...

October 16, 2007 | American

The Case for FDA Outsourcing

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently trying to improve its efficiency by outsourcing a small number of non-critical jobs...

October 15, 2007 | TCS Daily

Gore and Peace

Portuguese neurologist Egas Moniz received the 1949 Nobel Prize in medicine for "his discovery of the therapeutic value of [prefrontal lobotomy] in certain psychoses," including depression and schizophrenia...

October 12, 2007 | Chronicle of Higher Education

Score 2 for Academic Freedom

Whether through love of principle or of lucre, in May the faculty senates at the public University of California and the private Stanford University — my own institution — struck an important blow for academic freedom and against priggish, anti-business Puritanism...

October 4, 2007 | Washington Times

U.N. regulatory follies

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would be a shortage of sand," economist Milton Friedman quipped...

October 2, 2007 | American

Good Food, Bad Science

During his first months as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton denounced the UN Development Program for its “unacceptable” funding of Palestinian propaganda and publicly identified “countries who are in a state of denial” about the need for UN reform...

September 26, 2007 | TCS Daily

Drug Regulation: The Worst Has Become the Norm

The pendulum swings back and forth about what ails the regulation of drug development...

September 28, 2007 | Washington Times

Drug regulation overdosed

The pendulum swings back and forth about what ails the regulation of drug development...

August 23, 2007 | TCS Daily

Toying with Public Health

Magicians Penn & Teller have a great video on YouTube in which they convince people to sign a petition banning di-hydrogen monoxide, a ubiquitous and potentially dangerous chemical found in many raw and prepared foods, and even in the air...

August 17, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

DDT for Health

The eight-year-old U.S. outbreak of West Nile virus shows no signs of abating...

August 13, 2007 | American

Bad Chemistry from California Regulators

You might be surprised to learn what is “known to the state of California”…

August 12, 2007 | Washington Times

Biotech to bring home the bacon?

Biotechnology is everywhere these days, from the production of pest-resistant crops to microorganisms that make biofuels to new drugs and vaccines...

August 6, 2007 | Weekly Standard

The Green Revolutionary

The Gates Foundation could learn a thing or two from Norman Borlaug...

July 20, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: What Do We Want in a Surgeon General? A Yes Man or an Advocate?

Your editorial neglected some of former Surgeon General Richard Carmona's more prominent deficiencies...

July 16, 2007 | Washington Times

Dr. Carmona, heal thyself

The Washington political game has two modes: claiming undeserved credit and shifting blame for your own shortcomings to others...

July 11, 2007 | Tech Central Station

Political Liquor's Economic Hangover Just Beginning

From pre-school to planning funerals, green is in....

July 10, 2007 | Orange County Register

How Al Gore harms the environment

Several stories in the news the past week are fascinatingly linked, but no one seems to have noticed....

July 6, 2007 | National Review Online

Assault on Reason

Don’t believe all the eco-hype...

June 29, 2007 | Washington Times

Give Annan the boot

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will head a new group intended to achieve a "green revolution" in African agriculture...

June 29, 2007 | New York Times

Don’t Cry Over rBST Milk

Milk occupies a special place in our lives and language. It has been dubbed “nature’s most perfect food,” and we speak sentimentally of the “land of milk and honey” and the “milk of human kindness.” ...

June 29, 2007 | American Magazine (American Enterprise Institute)

How to Get More Crop for the Drop

Water shortages in California are nothing new; the last major drought occurred during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s...

June 17, 2007 | New York Times

Crackpot Legislation

Many states nationwide are considering legislation to legalize the medical use of marijuana...

June 14, 2007 | American

Drug Regulation: Has the Worst Become the Norm?

A sad litany of new examples suggests the FDA has lost its ability to reason about risk...

May 25, 2007 | Washington Times

Drunk on ethanol

From preschool to planning funerals, green is in...

May 19, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

Risk-Adverse FDA Is a Risk to the Public

Accountability at the FDA described by Dr. Mark Thornton ("Black Wednesday at the FDA," editorial page, May 14) are only the tip of the iceberg...

May 17, 2007 | Los Angeles Times

Why ethanol backfires

Policymakers and legislators often fail to consider the law of unintended consequences...

April 29, 2007 |

Agbiotech's Public Policy Follies

In 1897 the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 246, a measure that redefined the calculation of the value of π, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter...

April 25, 2007 | TCS Daily

The Angel Is in the Details

Twenty years ago, then-FDA Commissioner Frank Young and I began a Wall Street Journal op-ed thus: "Defining the terms 'biotechnology' and 'genetic engineering' isn't an easy task, since the terms don't represent natural groupings of processes or products...

April 21, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

Biologics: Lawmakers May Find That Science Is a Law Unto Itself

We should be skeptical of legislators' attempts "to fit a new problem into a framework for which it wasn't designed..."

April 16, 2007 | Washington Times

Frozen-out frost antidote

Jack Frost taunted farmers across the Southeast last week with blasts of arctic air that devastated spring crops...

April 16, 2007 | Washington Times

Frozen-out frost antidote

Jack Frost taunted farmers across the Southeast last week with blasts of arctic air that devastated spring crops...

April 5, 2007 | TCS Daily

Bad Science Makes Bad Law

In 1897 the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 246, a measure that redefined the calculation of the value of ð, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter...

March 28, 2007 | Washington Times

Golden goose of medicine

The Food and Drug Administration lately has been trying to demonstrate to its critics that it really, really, really takes drug safety seriously...

March 23, 2007 | Food and Drug Law Institute

New Laws Will Mean Fewer Drugs

Lately, the FDA has been trying to demonstrate to its critics that it really, really, really takes drug safety seriously...

March 16, 2007 | Washington Times

Global warming resilience required

From the Earth's poles to the tropics, from the oceans to the most fertile farming regions, global warming could present daunting challenges...

March 14, 2007 | American

How to Survive a Sea Level Uprising

From the earth’s poles to the equatorial deserts, from the oceans to the most fertile farming regions, global warming could present daunting challenges...

March 11, 2007 | San Francisco Chronicle

Greenhouse gasbags have it all wrong

We're attacking global warming with a lot of hot air -- with strategies that will never work...

March 9, 2007 | TCS Daily

Needed From the FDA: Not Perfection, Just Consistency

FDA regulators need to balance patients' access to therapies with ensuring the safety of drugs...

March 5, 2007 | New York Times

Tailor Pain Relief to the Patient (1 Letter)

The appropriate choice of an analgesic depends on many variables, including the cause and severity of the pain and whether the patient has inflammation, liver or cardiovascular disease, a history of stomach or duodenal ulcers, or a tendency to hemorrhage...

March 1, 2007 | Genetic Engineering News

Labeling Cloned Food Is Unnecessary

If it’s true that developments in California are a harbinger of progress elsewhere in the nation, all of America is in big trouble...

March 4, 2007 | Chicago Tribune

Diagnosing Mr. Energy (Al Gore)

The latest Al Gore flap concerns the extravagant electricity and natural gas consumption at the former vice president's mansion in Nashville...

February 14, 2007 | TCS Daily

Congressional Cures?

Part 1 of this article series described the FDA's recent attempts to convince its critics that it takes drug safety seriously...

February 13, 2007 | TCS Daily

The Harmful Side Effect We Never Hear About

The old saying in Washington that 'when something has been repeated three times it becomes a fact' has been applied lately to supposed shortcomings in the safety of prescription drugs...

February 3, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

The Hazards of Organic Farming

Mark Eisner's ill-informed Letter (Jan. 29) is the perfect affirmative response to the headline in the Letters section "Are Organic Food Advocates in Thrall to Mythology Rather Than Science?"

February 3, 2007 |

Henry Miller on The Cloning of Regulations

If it’s true that developments in California are a harbinger of "progress" elsewhere in the nation, Americans are in big trouble...

February 1, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

Taking Their Best Shot

I spent much of my first year of graduate school, in 1969, doing research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in California...

January 30, 2007 | TCS Daily

Clone: It's What's for Dinner

California politics lately seems a parody of itself...

January 24, 2007 | Segye Ilbo (South Korea)

Clones overdue on the menu

The FDA’s preliminary decision last week to permit the consumption of food from cloned animals is a good one..

January 22, 2007 | TCS Daily

Crazy Lawyering, Crazy Journalism

Would you try to review a 700-page book after reading a single paragraph?

January 19, 2007 | San Jose Mercury News

Frost damage remedy thwarted by EPA bureaucracy

Jack Frost sent a chill into California farmers last week with blasts of arctic air that threatened several of the state’s major agricultural areas, from San Diego to the Central Valley and along the coast...

January 18, 2007 | TCS Daily

Feds Freeze Out Antidote, Costing Billions

Jack Frost taunted area farmers last week with blasts of arctic air that threatened several of central California's major farming areas...

January 4, 2007 | Washington Times

Clones overdue on the menu

The FDA's preliminary decision last week to permit the consumption of food from cloned animals is a good one...

December 20, 2006 |

Mistaken Medication: A Hard Pill To Swallow

My recent article about defective consumer products and the vagaries of customer service elicited a flurry of responses...

January 1, 2007 | Trends in Biotechnology

Biotech's defining moments

Twenty years ago, the then-FDA Commissioner Frank Young and I began a Wall Street Journal opinion–editorial thus..

December 12, 2006 | American

Pew's New Biotech Report Misses the Mark

There exists a constant tension between the development of innovative, valuable new technologies and activists opposed to them...

December 10, 2006 |

UN-Appetizing Food Regulations?

Barely a week after my Hoover Institution colleague economist Milton Friedman passed away last month, I had a stark first-hand reminder of the wisdom of his limited-government, libertarian views...

December 1, 2006 | ISB News Report

Agbiotech Evolution Needs A Regulatory Revolution

The application of recombinant DNA technology, or gene splicing, to agriculture and food production, once highly touted as having huge public health and commercial potential, has been paradoxically disappointing...

December 4, 2006 | Wall Street Journal

The U.N. Menu

The U.N. task force that wrapped up here on Friday deliberated on the regulation of foods obtained with recombinant DNA (or gene-splicing) technology...

November 22, 2006 |

Bureaucratic Bungling Bedevils Biotech

An important regulatory milestone recently passed unnoticed -- the 20th anniversary of the Reagan administration’s science-based biotechnology regulatory policy, which was supposed to usher in a broad revolution in agriculture...

November 28, 2006 | Nature Biotechnology

Letter to the Editor: Henry Miller Responds

Vural Ozdemir and Bryn Williams-Jones ask “[w]hether the pharmaceutical industry equitably contributes to civil society and international health..."

November 20, 2006 | National Review Online

Unhappy Days Are Here Again

"The American people voted for change and they voted for Democrats to take our country in a new direction,” said a triumphant Nancy Pelosi upon becoming the new Speaker of the House...

November 16, 2006 |

The United States vs. E. Coli, et al.

Since the first reports of an outbreak of E. coli-related illnesses traced to fresh, bagged spinach, this deadly strain of bacteria has led to three deaths and approximately 200 illnesses nationwide...

November 6, 2006 | TCS Daily

How to Make Our Food Safer

Food poisoning from food contaminated with microorganisms is very common: 76 million cases and 5,000 deaths annually in the United States, according to government figures...

November 1, 2006 | Genetic Engineering News

Biotech Production Is Blooming in the Tropics

Fruits and flowers are not the only things blooming in the tropics...

October 21, 2006 | Wall Street Journal

Letter to the Editor: Not a Single Person Has Been Harmed by Genetically Engineered Food

Your article "Stalk-Raving Mad -- French Farmers, Activists Battle Over Rise in Genetically Altered Corn" (Marketplace, Oct. 12) failed to put my quote on the long-term effects of genetically engineered crops into the larger context of the process of safety testing done by biotechnology companies in order to gain government approval to introduce a GE crop into the U.S. food system…

October 19, 2006 | TCS Daily

The Man for All Seasons

Life really can imitate art....

October 18, 2006 | Wall Street Journal

Letter to the Editor: Prescription User Fees

A brief comment about your excellent Oct. 13 editorial "Faster FDA Cures": It's certainly true that the additional resources provided by the user fees under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act of 1992 have been net positive to American patients (as well as to drug companies), but in endorsing a reauthorization of the legislation, you raised the question of whether we need to resort to user fees to realize the same benefit…

October 15, 2006 | Des Moines Register

'Man Who Fed the World' lauds Iowa native Borlaug

American needs high-profile heroes these days...

October 9, 2006 | Investor's Business Daily

Drug Pipeline Gets Clamped By Jittery FDA

At a time when the American population is aging and more seniors are suffering from chronic diseases, the pharmaceutical pipeline is drying up

October 4, 2006 |

Faux Pharmacies? Countering Counterfeit Drugs

While riding in a subway train in Washington DC recently, I watched a guy sell a bootlegged DVD of a first-run movie to a woman...

October 4, 2006 | TCS Daily

Are Bad Drugs Coming to a Pharmacy Near You?

In "The Third Man," the brilliant, shadowy, 1949 film, Orson Welles' character, Harry Lime, is a morally bankrupt, cynical racketeer and dealer of black-market, diluted penicillin...

October 2, 2006 | National Review Online

Uncomfortable Genes

Political-science researchers at UCLA recently quantified political bias in a spectrum of media outlets...

September 19, 2006 |

Customer Service, Communication and the Free Market

Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman correctly concluded that the blame for many of the distortions of the marketplace caused by government lies with the system itself, not just the actors within it...

September 16, 2006 |

Vigilantes Countering Terrorists in the Wild West-ern World

In the Old West, when law enforcement was spotty or nonexistent, vigilantes sometimes stepped in. A known cattle rustler might be found face-down in a gully with a terminal case of "lead poisoning," as they used to say in TV westerns...

September 16, 2006 |

Chicago's Foie Gras Faux Pas

"Rhetoric and paté abounded on the first day of the City Council's ban" of foie gras in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune, "as restaurateurs and gourmands openly flouted the prohibition – cultured, giddy, goose-liver-fueled acts of defiance...

September 17, 2006 | San Francisco Chronicle

Instead of water wars, let's go for less-thirsty plants

Wars have been fought over politics, economics, territory, ethnic origin, race, religion and national pride...

September 15, 2006 | TCS Daily

Drug Testing, Drug Hazards

A clinical trial that went badly awry at London's Northwick Park Hospital in March became the drug-testing community's worst nightmare...

September 1, 2006 | Nature Biotechnology

Why spurning food biotech has become a liability

In the late 1990s, a singular phenomenon swept the world...

September 1, 2006 | San Diego Union-Tribune

The U.N. is all wet on water issues

Wars have been fought over politics, economics, territory, ethnic origin, race, religion and national pride...

September 1, 2006 | TCS Daily

The Straight Dope on 'Medical Marijuana'

The medical marijuana controversy rages on...

August 28, 2006 | Sonoma News

Letters 08.29.06

"Rhetoric and paté abounded on the first day of the City Council's ban" of foie gras in Chicago (Aug. 22), according to the Chicago Tribune, "as restaurateurs and gourmands openly flouted the prohibition - cultured, giddy, goose-liver-fueled acts of defiance...

August 23, 2006 | TCS Daily

What's Needed at FDA

Even in the dog days of August, a lot of attention has been paid to Senate confirmation hearings for FDA commissioner nominee Andrew von Eschenbach…

August 20, 2006 | New York Post

Mr. Smith Feeds The World

Leon Hesser's straightforward yet gripping biography of Nor man Borlaug, the plant breeder known as the Father of the Green Revolution, offers the kind of nobility and idealism shown by Jimmy Stewart in the classic, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington...

August 21, 2006 | Investor's Business Daily

Fruitcakes Hope To Spoil Biotech Foods

Activism can be a good thing…

August 10, 2006 | TCS Daily

Saving California From Californians

Some aspects of our political and personal lives -- zoning, city planning, traffic laws, noise ordinances, conformity in architecture, composition of school boards, and so forth -- can effectively be determined at a local level…

August 8, 2006 | Sonoma Index-Tribune (CA)

Letter to the Editor: GMO bill, SB 1056 is a rational choice

The letter from Yannick Phillips ("GMO bill needs scrutiny now," July 28) is rife with misrepresentations…

August 5, 2006 | Los Angeles Times

The Bounty of Biotech

Anatole France famously said, "If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing…

July 29, 2006 | Rocky Mountain News

Modified solution

Ask any farmer in America's major wheat-growing regions about this year's crop and you'll get an earful…

July 27, 2006 | TCS Daily

Designer Jeans From Designer Genes

As the "new biotechnology" -- gene-splicing, or "genetic modification" (GM) -- enjoys ever more varied and impressive successes, the intractable opposition from environmental and other activists has become reminiscent of the old cartoon cliché about the person who year after year inaccurately predicts the end of the world…

July 13, 2006 | Wall Street Journal

Letter to the Editor: I Have a Dream: Scientific, Logical Regulation

In regard to "Weekend Interview: Get Your Priorities Right" by Kimberley A. Strassel (editorial page, July 8): Bjorn Lomborg calls for more advocacy for efficient ways to accomplish major international health, economic and environmental goals…

July 12, 2006 | TCS Daily

Parliament of Bans

Scandals, incompetence, and profligacy at the UN are hardly news these days, but many of the organization's worst transgressions are hidden from public view…

July 10, 2006 | Investor's Business Daily

Can't Shrug Off Regulatory Toll Topping $1 Tril

Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg, who became a punching bag for environmental activists after he challenged the popular wisdom that the natural environment is deteriorating, in a recent interview repeated the theme of his controversial book, "The Skeptical Environmentalist …

July 6, 2006 | TCS Daily

Beyond Jeremy Rifken

Mendacity and misrepresentation are nothing new from anti-meat, anti-technology, anti-capitalism activist Jeremy Rifkin…

June 30, 2006 | Washington Times

Ozone hole in the head

Scandals, incompetence and profligacy at the United Nations are hardly news these days, but many of the organization's worst transgressions are hidden from public view…

June 23, 2006 | San Jose Mercury News

Saying no to gene-spliced crops means saying yes to pesticides

Nobel Laureate Anatole France said famously, ``If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing…

June 19, 2006 | TCS Daily

UN Bashing is Hardly Enough

United Nations deputy secretary-general Mark Malloch Brown has a singular view of what constitutes international diplomacy…

June 15, 2006 | National Review Online

Save the World, Dump the U.N.

Claudia Rosett’s superb NRO piece offers example after example of corruption and profligacy at the U.N…

June 11, 2006 | Washington Times

Un-diplomacy at the U.N.

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown has a singular view of what constitutes diplomacy…

June 5, 2006 | National Review Online

A Dose of Common Sense

It has been said that California is a decade ahead of the rest of the country in adopting new ideas…

May 26, 2006 | National Review Online

No Apologies

In their recent article on NRO, Bob Goldberg and Peter Pitts took issue with a previous article published on NRO written by me, criticizing the FDA…

May 24, 2006 | TCS Daily

Biopharm Thrilla in Manila

Fruits and flowers are not the only things blooming in the tropics…

May 23, 2006 | Investor's Business Daily

Doctor Throws The Book At Gore, Opting For The Psychiatrist's Bible

I thought we weren't going to have Al Gore to kick around any more…

April 27, 2005

Tough Times at the FDA

The "safety" of a drug is a relative thing.

February 16, 2004

A Better Environment for Endangered Species

Environmental groups have filed a spate of nuisance lawsuits that attempt to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from registering or reregistering pesticides.

May 5, 2003

Vaccine Development a Casualty of Flawed Public Policy

Vaccines traditionally offer low return on investment but high exposure to legal liability.

March 31, 2003

Designer Genes: Will They Wash?

Innovations such as gene therapy, even when used for enhancement, should be treated similarly to other analogous medical and quasi-medical interventions.

November 18, 2002

A Label We Don't Need

Product labeling that conveys essential information is important, but compulsory labeling of gene-spliced foods is a bad idea for several reasons.

December 31, 2001

Regulation Is the Biggest Pest of All

"genetic resistance is where we want to go." But this definitive solution has been made hugely expensive and impractical by regulatory obstacles erected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

April 9, 2001

Americans Are Dying for FDA Reform

Drug development in this country is more lengthy and expensive than anywhere in the world.

December 18, 2000

Environmental Protection, in Name Only

Regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been criticized for being inefficient and unscientific.


September 22, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

No Politician Left Behind

Although [Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s (R-MN) stunning gaffes over Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2007 executive order] will become merely a footnote to history, it raises a critical, broader issue: the importance of politicians’ judgement and insight – or lack thereof...
September 13, 2011 | Corner (National Review Online)

Gardasil and the GOP

More than an hour into last night’s debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked Gov. Rick Perry on the HPV vaccination controversy — or more accurately pseudo-controversy...
July 25, 2011 | Congress Blog (The Hill)

A political (franken)fish story

Even with a superior product, you can be blindsided by cynical and perfidious political forces as you near the goal line. This is a sad commentary on innovation in America. And on Congress...
March 23, 2011 | Blogs

Frankenfish Fatuity

I’ll say one thing for the most recent New York Times‘ rant about genetically engineered food: They got the headline — “Frankenfish Phobia” — right...
March 15, 2011 | Blogs

‘Let’s Move’ Toward A More Effective Approach To Obesity

Now that the photo-ops and blather surrounding the birthday of “Let’s Move” are behind us, will the president and his wife get the message that there are better ways to use regulatory policy and their bully pulpit to improve public health...?
March 2, 2011 | Blogs

Who’s Policing The Civility Police?

Liberal mouthpieces have taken to calling for greater civility in discourse — from conservatives and Republicans, that is...
February 23, 2011 | Blogs

Warning Labels On New York Times Columns

February 16, 2011 | Blogs

Medication Mistakes Are A Tough Pill To Swallow

Drug dispensing mistakes can be costly, even deadly. Consumers should be alert for them so the intended cure isn’t worse than the disease...
February 2, 2011 | Blogs

A Federal Regulations Crackdown: Obama’s Dip In The Yangtze

Aggressive regulatory reform could boost the economy in ways that not only don’t require federal spending but actually reduce it, to say nothing of the indirect benefits...
January 24, 2011 | Blogs

Comparative Effectiveness: Hope Or Hype?

With Democrats controlling the Senate and the White House, the failure of congressional efforts to repeal ObamaCare was hardly a surprise. So what can we expect...?
January 19, 2011 | Blogs

Immunizing Bureaucrats Against Complacency

The CDC should place a high priority on the elimination of [meningococcal infection] and implement policies to promote vaccination and to ensure that patients and parents have access to state-of-the-art vaccines...
October 19, 2009 | New York Times

A New Course on Medical Marijuana?

The Justice Department announced on Monday that federal drug agents will no longer arrest or prosecute people who are legally using, selling or supplying medical marijuana in the states that allow it...


April 14, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (9:53)

March 28, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:25)

March 27, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (30:55)

Kirk Johnson, NYT. Tod Lindberg, Hoover. Bob Zimmerman, Henry Miller, Hoover.
March 11, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (9:45)

 Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Henry I Miller, M.D., Hoover &   Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack. Joshua Greene, Bloomberg Businessweek.
February 10, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (19:50)

Bill Siegel, Las Vegas Review-Journal. Julia Preston, NYT. Henry Miller, Hoover. John Schwartz, NYT.
February 6, 2014 | Lars Larson Show

Henry Miller on the Lars Larson Show

January 24, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Henry I Miller, M.D., Hoover & Forbes. Ken Croswell, Scientific American. Ericka Solomon, Reuters. Charles Pellegrino, author and explorer.
January 22, 2014 | Lars Larson Show

Henry Miller on the Lars Larson Show

January 9, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Henry Miller, Hoover. Olivier Guitta, Henry Jackson Society. Robert Zimmerman, James Taranto, WSJ, 
January 3, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:57)

Guests: Peter Berkowitz, Real Clear Politics. :  Henry I Miller, M.D., Hoover & Gregory Copley, author, UnCivilization.
December 19, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:18)

Mary Kissel, WSJ; Henry Miller, Hoover; Tom Henriksen, Hover; Bob Zimmerman,
November 18, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (31:22)

Guests: Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents. Bruce Webster, andstillIPersist dot com. Henry I Miller, M.D., Hoover &
November 7, 2013 | Lars Larson Show

Henry Miller on the Lars Larson Show (1:16)

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November 7, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (19:36)

Dan Henninger, WSJ; Reza Kahlili, author; Henry Miller, Hoover; Anatoly Zak,
November 4, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (19:47)

Reza Kahlili, author; Arif Rafiq, Middle East Institute; Henry Miller, Hoover; Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica.
October 25, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:42)

October 21, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (19:43)

Guests: Thomas Joscelyn, Long War Journal. Jed Babbin, American Spectator. Henry I Miller, M.D., Hoover & Forbes. Lara M Brown, author.  Francis Rose, Federal News Radio.
October 14, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Richard Epstein on the John Batchelor Show (10:30)

Guests: Dan Henninger, WSJ. Henry I Miller, M.D., Hoover. Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute. Brian Womack, Bloomberg. 
October 4, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:43)

Guests: Francis Rose, Federal News Radio. Henry I Miller, M.D., Hoover. Scott Soshink, Bloomberg. Liz Peek, The Fiscal Times. 
September 26, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:12)

Guests: Reza Kahlili, author, A Time to Betray. Henry I Miller, M.D., Hoover & Sam Grobart, Bloomberg Businessweek. Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg.  
August 29, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (31:13)

August 23, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:26)

Guests: Gordon Chang, :  Henry I Miller, M.D., Hoover & Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack. Margot Kiser, Daily Beast.
August 20, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (19:36)

Eric Trager, Washington Institute. John Fund, NRO. Henry I Miller, M.D., Hoover & Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack. 
July 12, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (31:29)

June 14, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:22)

May 31, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (:59)

May 24, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (19:41)

May 17, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (12:15)

May 10, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

May 6, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on The John Batchelor Show (30:20)

April 23, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on The John Batchelor Show (30:47)

April 5, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (30:39)

March 22, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:16)

March 1, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (14:00)

February 1, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (:41)

January 4, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:37)

December 10, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (20:02)

November 30, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (10:16)

October 26, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (9:50)

July 23, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

July 23, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (at 29:25)

June 27, 2012 | HealthTalk (WYSL)

Henry Miller on HealthTalk

June 15, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Bill McGurn, WSJ, Gretchen Morgenson, NYT, Juliette Kayem, Boston Globe, Henry Miller, Hoover...
June 1, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller and Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Karla Zabludovsky, NYT; David Weidner, WSJ; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek International; Henry Miller, Hoover...
May 25, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Richard Epstein and Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Jim McTague, Barron's; David Livingston, The Space Show; Richard Epstein, Hoover; Henry Miller, Hoover...
April 27, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Terry Anderson, Peter Berkowitz, and Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Co-Host Mary Kissel, WSJ; Terry Anderson, PERC; Susan Berfield, Bloomberg; Henry Miller, Hoover; Peter Berkowitz, Hoover...
April 27, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

David Davenport and Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Co-Host Mary Kissel, WSJ; Stuart Goldman, author; Henry Miller, Hoover; David Davenport, Hoover...
March 21, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: John Schwartz, NYT; Charles Pellegrino, author; Matt Richtel, NYT; Henry Miller, Hoover...
March 2, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Steve Russolillo, WSJ; Ken Croswell, Science; Henry Miller, Hoover; Steve Lohr, NYT...
February 13, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Henry Miller, Hoover Institution; James Taranto, WSJ; Jodi Schneider, Bloomberg; Jack Ewing, IHT...
February 4, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile by Ariel Dorfman, Henry Miller, Hoover, Exeunt, Susan Crockford, University of Victoria, British Columbia...
February 3, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller and Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Brendan Conway, DowJones; Henry Miller, Hoover Institution; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek International; Brian Chen, NYT...
January 24, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Aaron Klein, WABC; Seb Gorka, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; Bob Zimmerman, Behind the Black; Henry Miller, Hoover Institution...
January 21, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (The Terry Lectures Series) by Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel R. Primack, Henry Miller, Hoover Institution, Exeunt, Riva Richmond, NYT...
January 20, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Macey and Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Henry Miller, Hoover; Riva Richmond, NYT; Jonathan Macey, Hoover; Matt Richtel, NYT...
January 4, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Co-Host Gordon Chang, Forbes; Victor Shih, Northwestern University; Nury Turkel, author; David Livingston, The Space Show; Henry Miller, Hoover...
January 3, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; David Kirkpatrick, NYT; Henry Miller, Hoover; Steve Russollilo, Dow Jones...
November 18, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Mark Pothier, Boston Globe; Henry Miller, Hoover; Elizabeth Dwoskin, Bloomberg; Charles Pellegrino, author...
November 12, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Ronen Bergman, NYT, Henry Miller, Hoover, Bill Evans: Dry Ice, Elliot Pattison: Ashes of the Earth: A Mystery of Post-Apocalyptic America...
October 27, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Victor Davis Hanson and Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Jesse McKinley, NYT; Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast; Mary Kissel, WSJ; Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover; Henry Miller, Hoover...
September 25, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Bob Zimmerman, in re climate change. Amir Aczel, in re sub-atomic physics Standard Model. Suzanne Fowler, IHT, in re beehive-like settlements in ancient Asia Minor. Exeunt, with Henry Miller, Hoover, in re FDA over regulation...
September 18, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch; Henry Miller, Hoover Institution; Rufus Phillips, Why Vietnam Matters; Bill Roggio, Long War Journal; Arif Rafiq, Pakistan Policy blog...
August 26, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Tod Lindberg and Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Aaron Task, Yahoo Finance; Tod Lindberg, Hoover Institution; Amir Aczel, author; Henry Miller, Hoover Institution...
August 10, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Patrick Chovanec, Tsinghua University; Swatick Majumdar, New York-based Indian businessman; Arif Rafiq,; Bill Roggio,; Dr. Henry Miller, Hoover...
August 3, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Seb Gorka, FDD; Dr. Henry Miller, Hoover; Hotel Mars w/ Dr. David Livingston,
July 15, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Bill McGurn, WSJ; Henry Miller, Hoover; Jeff Bell, WSJ; Ken Croswell,
June 10, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Paul Vigna, Dow Jones; Graham Bowley, NYT; Liz Rosenthal, NYT; Dr. Henry Miller, Hoover...
June 5, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

...Henry Miller, Hoover Institution, in re: E. coli outbreak in Germany and Europe...
March 18, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on John Batchelor

Guests: Michael Vlahos, Naval War College; John Fund, WSJ; Dr. Henry Miller, Hoover; David Weidner, WSJ...
February 4, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Anne Marlowe, Hudson Institute; Henry Miller, Hoover; Daniel Triesman, author...
January 26, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller and Russell Roberts on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Gardiner Harris, NYT; Henry Miller, Hoover; Russell Roberts, Hoover...
January 14, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Michael Vlahos, Naval War College; Lingling Wei, WSJ; Henry Miller, Hoover; Miguel Helft, NYT...
December 12, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

Jodi Schneider and Mona Charen, NRO, Henry Miller, Hoover, John Loftus, Esq, author: America's Nazi Secrets...
December 3, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Edwin Meese and Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Ed Meese, Heritage Foundation [and Hoover Institution]; Henry Miller, Hoover Institution; Daniel Franklin, The Economist...
November 2, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller and Bill Whalen on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Bill Whalen, Hoover Institution; Michael O'Brien, The Hill; Henry Miller, Hoover Institution; Jon Decker, Reuters; Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA); Salena Zito, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Larry Johnson, No Quarter...
November 1, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Matt Kaminski, WSJ; Henry Miller, Hoover Institution; Adam Nossiter, NYT...
September 23, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Dr. Henry Miller, Hoover Institution; Bob Zimmerman,; Michael O'Brien, The Hill...
September 22, 2010 | Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)

Genetically Engineered Salmon

The FDA has been holding hearings about the environmental and nutritional safety of salmon genetically modified to grow faster. Is this super salmon safe to eat? Should it be labeled differently? And how will these engineered fish help or hurt West Coast salmon populations...?
August 3, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Henry Miller, Hoover Institution; Ian Austen, The New York Times; Jimmy Rogers, Rogers Holdings; Dr. David Livingston,
May 31, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Gordon Chang,; Hugo Restall, AWSJ; Alissa Rubin, The New York Times; Henry Miller, Hoover Institution; Ron Nordland, The New York Times...

Other Media

April 28, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: GMO Crops Do Help Poor Farmers

February 5, 2013 | Policy Review

Policy Review: The Final Issue

May 11, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

How Not to Cure Chronic Diseases

Have Congress pass costly legislation that fails to address the problem it’s trying to solve...
April 19, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Earth Day, the Free Market Way

Environmentalism today rejects science and technology, ensuring abject misery for the poorest on our planet...
March 21, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Cigarette Smokescreen

The FDA is passing up a historic opportunity to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco...
February 17, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Father of the Green Revolution

How agronomist Norman Borlaug fed and saved the world...
February 2, 2012 | American

Red Tape and Pink Slips: Obama’s Imaginary Regulatory Reform

Government regulation is one of the nation’s few growth industries, making a mockery of the assertions and predictions of the Obama administration...
January 13, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

When Bureaucrats Stymie Science

The CDC’s policy on the meningococcal vaccine wastes taxpayer dollars and threatens public health...
November 22, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Is the FDA Innovative?

An advocacy group, masquerading as a think tank, publishes a laughably inaccurate report...
November 8, 2011 | Nature Biotechnology

A label we don't need

The United Nations agency that sets food standards—the Codex Alimentarius—recently reached an impasse on the labeling of food containing products derived from recombinant DNA technology...
September 21, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Poll Dance

Governing by public opinion is admirable, but not when it’s at the expense of sound policy...
September 8, 2011 | Nature Biotechnology

Why an abbreviated FDA pathway for biosimilars is overhyped

August 12, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Fishy Legislation

An uphill swim for genetically modified salmon...
July 13, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Nanny Runs Amok

Social engineering, Obamacare-style...
July 8, 2011 | Regulation (Cato Institute)

The USDA’s Anti-Science Activism

Politics are hijacking the regulatory process...
May 17, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Regulation ad Absurdum

Our bloated government agencies are hampering economic growth...
March 30, 2011 | Regulation (Cato Institute)

Happy Birthday EPA?

...Many critics believe that the 40-year experiment with a free-standing EPA has been a failure and that the agency should be abolished and its essential functions reassigned to other, less scientifically challenged government organizations. But that is unlikely to happen...
February 1, 2011 | Policy Review

The Rush to Condemn Genetically Modified Crops

Impractical regulations and nuisance lawsuits...
December 7, 2010 | Nature Biotechnology

The environmental impact subterfuge

Action needs to be taken to prevent anti-biotech activists from co-opting environmental law to derail the planting of transgenic crops that have already received regulatory approval...
December 8, 2010 | Heartland Institute

A Bold Proposal for FDA Reform

Review of Free to Choose Medicine, by Bart Madden (The Heartland Institute, 2010)...
November 30, 2010 | New Biotechnology

The regulation of agricultural biotechnology: science shows a better way

National and international regulation of recombinant DNA-modified, or ‘genetically engineered,' organisms is unscientific and illogical, a lamentable illustration of the maxim that bad science makes bad law...
October 1, 2010 | Regulation (Cato Institute)

Type I Terrors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the nation's pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, and most of its foods. Weighing risks and benefits is the agency's stock in trade, but those judgments should be focused on benefiting the public, not itself...
June 1, 2010 | Policy Review

The FDA’s Imprudent Caution

Regulation and risk aversion hinder advancement...

January 1, 2010 | Gm Crops (Landes Bioscience Journals)

The UN’s water torture

The UN’s attempts to attain and maintain international peace and comity too often degenerate into exercises in ineffective, politicized, lowest-common-denominator diplomacy, but a worse menace is its ambition to become the regulator of many products and activities, including chemicals and biotechnology. . . .

November 26, 2008 | New York Times

Dingell's Grand Inquisitor Politics

Most of the coverage of the departure of Rep. John Dingell (D., Mich.) from the powerful chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has focused on his anti-environmentalism and his staunch defense of the interests of dysfunctional Detroit auto manufacturers...

August 13, 2008 | Libertad Digital (Spain)

Sopa de letras

Bill Gates es uno de los hombres más ricos y de los filántropos más generosos, pero no asumamos por ello que sabe mucho de todo...

December 4, 2007 | FEER Forum

Excessive Regulation of GM Crops Costs Lives

Without better management of water resources, the world’s current consumption will likely need to double by 2050 to provide food for a global population of some nine billion, according to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development...

June 21, 2007 | Competitive Enterprise Institute

Dying for FDA Reform

This year, Congress is considering a variety of legislative changes that would substantially affect the regulation of pharmaceutical drugs...