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    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

    Government Contractors Prosper, Hispanics Struggle in a Country Growing More Bifurcated

    Sunday’s front page of The Washington Post carried two very different yet related stories about what is happening in our country. The fact they shared this prized journalistic real estate on the same day is no coincidence. One is a story about the ravages of bad nutrition and obesity among … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #41: The FDA's Latest Mission Creep(iness)

    Federal regulations already dictate the shape, color, size, and content of the nutrition panel on food labels. Not good enough, apparently. The diet squad at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to track eye movements to uncover the “subconscious and conscious factors” behind our grocery choices. They plan … More

    Parents, Not Government, Know How to Feed Their Children

    Some Members of Congress think they are better parents than you are. Under the tax code, companies are able to take deductions for business expenses, including marketing. Recently, however, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D–CT) introduced H.R. 2831, which would prohibit businesses from taking tax deductions for marketing “food of poor nutritional … More

    101 Million Americans Received Food Aid Last Year

    Nearly one-third of Americans received government-funded food aid in 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector has explained, there are roughly a dozen federal food assistance programs operating today. The USDA reports that 59 percent of households that … More

    North Carolina: Stuck in the Stone Age?

    As swimsuit season approaches, millions of Americans are starting vigorous diet and exercise regimens to get in shape.  Most people would love to get into shape the way Steve Cooksey has.  Mr. Cooksey would love to share his wisdom, but there’s just one problem: the state of North Carolina threatened … More