Regulations are necessary for our health. With strict regulations in place for food and public safety, people can be protected at a much greater rate. While not everyone agrees with regulations, arguing that the free market will regulate itself or that the government should not control what is bought and sold, there are some strong reasons why FDA and other food regulations improve our lives.… [Read more]
Many scientific advancements benefit society; there’s no doubt about that. Some issues, however, fall into that fuzzy area of ‘is it progress or will it do harm even if the intentions are good?’ One of those issues is modification of the food supply at its very core: on the genetic level.
Very soon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may approve commercial sales of the first genetically engineered (GE) food animal; GE salmon may soon be sold at a grocery store near you.… [Read more]
In this day and age, many people are very reliant on prescription medications. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Preventions reports that over 47% of Americans are using at least one prescription drug. This is likely because pharmaceutical companies and physicians are constantly pushing these products on consumers. According to USA Today, the amount of money spent on prescription drugs in 2011 was roughly $320 billion; this represents a 3.7% increase from the previous year.… [Read more]