The USDA’s Anti-Science Activism
6 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 7, 2011
Incoming presidential administrations frequently claim that their health and safety regulations will be “grounded in science” and not in politics, ideology, or personal preferences. The Obama administration did not depart from this script. Yet, when it comes to genetic engineering, the administration’s secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsack, has shown a willingness to put science and the sober analyses of his own agency aside, and instead regulate in deference to special interests as well as the preferences of political appointees.
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