by Henry I. Miller
July 25, 2014
California faces an exceptional drought. California farms enrich the state and feed much of the world, but also drink up most of the state’s water. Crops bred to be less thirsty could save the harvest. Yet Santa Cruz, Trinity, Mendocino, and Marin counties have all banned genetic modification of crops, a key technology that could conserve huge amounts of water. Now is the time for regulatory reform at the federal level – unscientific, overly burdensome regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture has significantly raised the cost of producing new plant varieties and kept many potentially important genetically engineered crops from ever reaching the market.