An expedient policy process relying on precaution and hazard-based regulations has allowed contrapreneurs to cement their anti-innovation strategy at the heart of Brussels
What is the difference between the risk-based regulatory approach and a hazard-based one? Why is it that hazard-based activists are so successful in pushing such an unrealistic approach?
The organic lobby’s war on science and biotech follows a Neo-McCarthyist path of intimidation and propaganda. It is a dark day for research when individual liberties are sacrificed for a political argument.
The Great Plague of London showed the precautionary principle at its worst when they killed the cats. Today environmental zealots seem to find delight in “drowning kittens”.
The organic industry has tried to justify lower yields by shifting the argument towards the amount of food we waste. The logic is that we could produce enough organically to feed the world if we just stop waste. This logic is flawed.
A recent BBC Panorama report shows the evident lack of science in Greenpeace’s position on GMOs. Former head of Greenpeace UK calls their position “morally unacceptable”. Kumi Naidoo needs to show leadership and accept the science on GMOs.
Trust no one and demand a label. This is core to today’s transparency narrative. Why then do industries who are not trusted continue to think they can resist demands for labelling. The answer is simple – just label it. Most of us won’t bother to read t…
If I were to ask you the question, ‘What is a banana?’ I very much doubt many of you would earnestly answer ‘Well, to me, a banana is a symbol of political freedom in Europe’. I even doubt any of you would even respond that a banana is a luxury food. Today, in Western Europe… » read more
The rise of NITS is a growing problem today and regulators do not know how to control their viral spread across the European Union and the US. Their ravaging of the landscape is threatening areas where economic affluence was once taken for granted. Sci…
Lobbying is unacceptable when an industry or organisation distorts the truth to gain an advantage. The organic food industry lobby has been doing this for years and no one seems to have taken much notice. Their main campaign in the US has 757 organic f…
Precaution as a policy tool has been manipulated to meet activist agendas. On climate and GMOs, we see two different, contradictory perceptions of precaution applied. How can activists deal with this contradiction?
“It’s just like that Tom Hanks film!” I cried – half rejoicing, half rattled. The breaking news last month that the European Commission had rubber-stamped seventeen GM maize, cotton, soybean and oil-seed rape (and even two GM carnations) import approvals, after months and in-some-cases years of delays, left me momentarily giddy. Because yes, some of… » read more
Guest post by Zuzana Stratilová from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic in cooperation with Biotrin. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their use, especially in agriculture and food industry, remain a controversial topic in the EU. Opinions of different member states are highly polarized. On the one hand, there are member states which… » read more
On Earth Day, the Risk-Monger has decided to defend environmentalists. In this blog he will show that they are not criminals but merely social deviants and, unlike many Western politicians, feels that they should not be incarcerated for their campaigns.
Guest blog post by Julian Little, Chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council. I was recently speaking to a member of the animal feed supply chain who informed me that the amount of animal feed (most of which is genetically modified) to Europe equated to the combined weight of every person in the European Union –… » read more