In spite of the lack of scientific justification for skepticism about crops modified with molecular techniques of genetic engineering, they have been the most scrutinized agricultural products in human history.
My Hoover colleague Richard Epstein posted a revealing essay on the nature of environmental regulation last week, with environmental regulation as a particular example. The contrast with "Environmental Laws Under Siege: Here is why we have them" in New York Times and the New Yorker's Scott Pruitt's Dirty Politics is instructive.
The true-believers in organic agriculture, such as the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM—Organics International), are as deluded as those who deny the value of vaccines and, like them, have the potential to inflict tremendous harm.
Earth Day has changed a lot since its inception in 1970, and not for the better. In the spirit of the time, it started as a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, idealistic experience. Attendees were prototypic tree-huggers.
Plants play vital roles in the ecosystem. They convert carbon dioxide to oxygen which allows the majority of animal life on the planet to thrive. Thanks to research done by the Royal Botanical Gardens in the United Kingdom, there are approximately 391,000 known species of vascular plants.
The Department of the Interior has worked steadily to increase opportunity and access to the federal lands and resources under its purview. Earlier this week, the department released a comprehensive list of its accomplishments thus far in 2018.
Sunday is Earth Day, a celebration conceived by then-U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and first held in 1970 as a “symbol of environmental responsibility and stewardship.” In the spirit of the time, it was a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, New Age experience. Most activities were organized at the grassroots level.
Terry Anderson, executive director of the Property and Environment Research Center in Montana, who advocates free market solutions to environmental problems, says people will rebel against government limits on their behavior. The feds, he says, should help us adapt to a changing climate by ending subsidized flood, hurricane and crop insurance.