Achieving Success with Genetically Modified Patients

Genetic disease diagnosis and gene therapy are still in the early days, but the future impact on patient benefits looks very bright.  With enough high-priced lab equipment, with the right clinicians, and with unfettered access to a patient, an accurate diagnosis can sometimes be discovered.  Isolating the right diagnoses can be very challenging, and not […]

Consumer Spending and Experience with Food

As society prospered over the past 100 years, we have increased our level of education, enjoyed better health care, earned higher incomes, lived in a more diverse and tolerant society, taken advantage of technological breakthroughs in communications and transportation, and been presented with abundant food choices that are both better and worse, but generally much […]

A Pass on Nutrition, an Incomplete on Safety

Good nutrition and food safety are important to all consumers. While there is some improvement in the nutrition information made available to consumers and a huge leap in Food Stamps, attention to food safety is lagging. To address that shortfall, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed Congress in 2010, but none of the urgently […]

Good Food for Consumers

The food police’s laws have suffered heretical attacks lately.  Opposition toward peanuts by parents of young children seems misplaced.  The increased incidence of allergy is likely a consequence of parental choice in feeding the children.  The standard dogma on saturated fat versus unsaturated fat has been undermined by the National Institute of Health (NIH).  This […]

Adding Imaginary Value to Food Labels

In a recent AP-GfK poll, 66% of Americans want food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labelled as such. Only 7% oppose the labeling. Plant and animal breeding that selects some attributes and suppresses others has been in use for about 14,000 years. Intentional alteration of the DNA within a cell (resulting in a […]

GMOs — No Room for Imaginary Problems

Agricultural production faces a steep challenge as the world population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 10 billion by 2050.  Many aspects of agriculture and consumer expectations will change in order for another 3 billion people to sit at the table. The agricultural retooling will take place while nations juggle environmental factors such […]

The Vermont Food Police

Vermont legislated mandatory special labelling for food treated with Genetically Modified Organisms.  The labels must warn consumers that foods within the package were treated with GMO nutrients.  Connecticut and Maine enacted similar labelling mandates, but their laws are contingent on a critical mass of nearby states enacting similar laws.  These trigger clauses are intended to […]

The Genetically Modified Organisms Potboiler

American consumers have not yet developed firm opinions on the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in their food.  Many are sympathetic toward better crop yields and insect resistance.  For others, GMO opposition is rooted in suspicion toward “tinkering with nature” or the popular pejorative “frankenfood.” Public attitudes aren’t yet shaped by a dispassionate assessment […]