Monthly Archives: March 2005

Harkin’s Latest Farm Spending Bill Benefits Agribusiness and Shafts Small Farmers

Dennis Avery As Americans decide whether to entrust the congress with more money—or make the Bush tax cuts permanent—Senator Tom Harkin (D. IA) is readying another lavish farm bill to delight his agribusiness constituents. Harkin, the ranking Democrat on the … Continue reading

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Contriving A Controversy Concerning Tillamook’s Milk

Dennis Avery and Terry Witt This article ran in the Oregonian’s editorial page on Friday, March 25, 2005. Oregon has witnessed a prime-time assault by activist wolves in consumer clothes, with the Tillamook County Creamery Association, one of the state’s … Continue reading

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“Human-Produced Warming In The Oceans” or Unfounded Claim?

Dennis Avery Researchers from the Scripps Oceanographic Institute generated big headlines in recent weeks, claiming they’ve found “the first clear evidence of human-produced warming in the oceans.” “This is perhaps the most compelling evidence yet that global warming is happening … Continue reading

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Is Baby’s Milk “Contaminated” With Rocket Fuel?

Dennis Avery Scare-mongering is an ugly practice, especially when the scare-mongers are willing to risk babies’ health to falsely indict modern science and technology. The latest scare is that women are picking up a chemical called perchlorate-used as primary ingredient … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” Pre-Dates Farming

Dennis Avery Environmental activists claim that synthetic fertilizer from farms is threatening the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico by causing the rampant spread of a “dead zone” of low-oxygen water. New research, however, shows that the Gulf of … Continue reading

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What Kind Of Farming Works Best?

Dennis Avery, et al. These letters appeared in Science, Vol 307, Issue 5714, 1410-1411, March 2005 In his review of Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist’s View of Genetically Modified Foods by N. Fedoroff and N. M. Brown (“Changing genes … Continue reading

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