Amanda Maxham
Freelance Science Writer
Henry I. Miller

DOI:10.5912/jcb870


Abstract:

Recently the USDA proposed measures to “improve efficiencies” and help rural communities in “achieving prosperity.” The measures will not achieve such a goal. If “prosperity” is really USDA’s aim, we offer two suggestions to spur agricultural innovation and free farmers, agricultural scientists and businessmen to prosper. First, the USDA should end the unscientific regulation of molecular genetic engineering, which produces “GMOs,” and second, put an end to government officials’ involvement in misleading consumers about “organic” agriculture and food.