Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Why we need GM-wheat and other assorted links

Jayson Lusk and Henry Miller on why we need GM wheat

Without the benefits of the newer molecular techniques of genetic engineering, the nation’s wheat industry will continue to struggle against other commodities that have adopted biotechnology, and against the drought conditions out West. All of this is happening as the planet’s population increases and global wheat demand expands in response.
Why has wheat lagged behind? One reason is that, back in the mid-1990s, corn and soybean farmers avidly embraced the nascent biotechnology revolution, snatching up new, genetically engineered seed varieties. But wheat farmers balked at the potentially higher prices of these new seeds and feared that anti-genetic engineering views held by some of our trading partners would hurt exports.

2. Commonwealth Foundation on paycheck protection


For example, government unions argue that paycheck deductions for union fees, dues and political action committee (PAC) campaign contributions are no different than deductions for health insurance premiums and charitable contributions.
But this is comparing apples to oranges. Unlike voluntary deductions, union dues and PAC contributions are inherently political, partisan and, in the case of union fees, involuntary.

3. Tim Sandefur and PLF help secure another victory for freedom.

We sued Kentucky bureaucrats over that state’s “Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity” or “Certificate of Need” law–CON law, for short–which says that you can’t operate a moving company unless you first get permission from the state’s existing moving companies. As we explained in this blog post,existing movers have used this law as a powerful tool to block new competition in the industry. The court finds that the law is not rationally related to protecting the public, but only bars competition to benefit existing companies. 

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