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  • State Occupational Licensing: A Burdensome Barrier

    The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that barriers such as excessive state occupational licensing are thwarting opportunity for low-income workers. Occupational licensing can make sense for some industries that require highly technical or specialized skills, but not all jobs require such knowledge or skills. Yet in … More

    GMOs and Golden Rice: Hope for the Hungry and Malnourished

    Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have tremendous potential to help the hungry and malnourished. In 1999, two scientists created “golden rice,” rice genetically infused with beta-carotene genes that are vital for the human body in producing vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency plagues millions of children and pregnant woman in parts of … More

    Democrats Ignore How Climate Change Regulations Hurt Americans

    Senate Democrats gave a series of speeches all last night to help prevent climate change, despite that there is no evidence yet that the planet is in imminent danger. Attempting to imitate the popular filibusters given by Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), twenty-eight Democrats took to the … More

    Climate Change: Greenpeace 'Dropout' Schools His Former Employer

    Patrick Moore, ecologist and former prominent Greenpeace member who helped found the organization, had some strong words regarding anthropogenic climate change in a recent testimony before the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works, Subcommittee on Oversight: There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are … More

    Ashton Kutcher and the Regulatory Burden

    Ashton Kutcher, an entrepreneur and popular actor, denounced heavy-handed regulation in a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kutcher is a managing partner of the investment fund A-Grade Investments. One company his fund has invested in is Uber, the app-based service that connects drivers with passengers. Uber is rapidly expanding … More

    Sodium in FDA’s Sights

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to be America’s nutritionist and control what we eat. Last November, the agency published a proposal to ban artificial trans fat—an unprecedented intrusion into food choices. The FDA also has sodium in its sights, specifically sodium added to food. The agency’s Center for … More

    A Case for Separating the Farm Bill: Passing Trillion-Dollar Bills Should Be a Fuss

    As of last week, President Obama’s number one economic priority is a new farm bill. He recently stated: Number one, Congress needs to pass a farm bill that helps rural communities grow and protects vulnerable Americans. For decades, Congress found a way to compromise and pass farm bills without fuss. … More

    Americans Overwhelmingly Support Separating Food Stamps from Farm Programs

    As Heritage has frequently written, food stamps must be separated from agriculture policy to achieve real farm bill reform. These programs should be analyzed and debated on their own merits. A recent survey shows that Americans agree. In the recent monthly Food Demand Survey, conducted by Oklahoma State University, the … More