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Bureaucrats Battle Science

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In biotechnology, overregulation has stifled economic growth and human ingenuity

What's behind a 'genetically engineered' label?

by Henry I. Miller
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The editorial in your December issue entitled “Label Without a Cause” argues that mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food in the United States will not only make all food more costly but also bamboozle consumers. Pseudo-controversy continues to rage...

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Consumer Reports Should Stick To Advice About Cars And Toilets; Its Policy Advocacy Is Misguided

by Henry I. Miller, Kavin Senapathyvia Forbes
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On the heels of a Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health news release about how the messaging on organic food can confuse consumers, Consumer Reports has provided a sterling example: exaggerating the risks of pesticides in conventional produce and recommending an exclusively organic diet. But for consumers who cannot afford to purchase overpriced organic food exclusively, CR released a handy shopping guide with information about when buying organic is only optional and when it “is a must.”


Friday Night Audio: Christy "Versus" Emmanuel

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, May 15, 2015

In the area of global warming, it's hard to find a civil discussion between two experts who disagree. This is one. Partly, I think, it's because Russ does a good job of being even-handed and drawing out the facts and conjectures. But probably more important is that both Christy and Emmanuel are reasonable people.

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How Taxing Organic Products Could Solve California’s Water Shortage

by Terry Anderson, Henry I. Millervia National Review
Monday, May 18, 2015

California is in the fourth year of record-setting dearth of rain, with virtually the entire state experiencing “exceptional drought.” In response, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25 percent reduction in the state’s water use. Nowhere to be found are increases in water prices to induce conservation.


Victor Davis Hanson Discusses California's Droughts On KMJ Fresno’s Ray Appleton Show (32:45)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia KMJ (Fresno)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hoover fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the droughts in California. Hanson notes that the present four-year California drought is not noveleven if President Barack Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought—well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early 1990s. If California is going to allow the population to increase, then it needs to increase the spending on infrastructure, especially for water management.

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It’s More Than Just The GMO Label

by Henry I. Millervia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The FDA operates a voluntary consultation program for genetically engineered foods but it has been very slow in performing those reviews.


California Water Numbers

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"California, Water You Doing." The whole thing is worth reading because it's such a beautiful numerate analysis. Of the 80 million acre feet a year of water use in California, only 2.8 million acre feet are used for toilets, showers, faucets, etc. That's only 3.5 percent of all water used.

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The New Bee Crisis Is Just Like The Old One: Phony

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

For years environmentalists have been raising alarms about the “bee-pocalypse”–a supposed catastrophic decline in honeybee populations–and calling for an immediate ban of a new class of state-of-the-art “systemic” pesticides called neonicotinoids (“neonics” for short) which they blamed for the die-offs.

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Can Uganda Escape The Natural Resource Curse?

quoting Larry Diamondvia International Policy Digest
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

According to Larry Diamond of Stanford University: “[The] surge of money from oil often has insidious effects on the greater economy: the influx of oil money fuels inflation, distorts exchange rates, undermines the competitiveness of traditional export sectors such as agriculture, and preempts the growth of manufacturing.”


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