Agriculture

We Stand with the Competitive Enterprise Institute

Rather than tilting at windmills trying to solve problems that don’t exist, government agencies should proceed with great care before imposing technical mandates on an industry.  Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears to be taking a “shoot from the hip” approach to regulating, and currently has its sights set on abrogating intellectual property (IP) rights.

CAGW Releases 2016 Congressional Pig Book

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 13, 2016  

Schatz: “Earmarks are making an unwelcome comeback”

CAGW’s Tom Schatz Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on Federal Oversight

(Washington, D.C.) Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz testified today before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management.  The hearing was titled “Wasteful Spending in the Federal Government: An Outside Perspective.” 

CAGW Releases May 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
May 18, 2015  

 

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its May WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its May edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Almost Everything is Genetically Modified

According to a September 2014 Smithsonian article written by David Newland, “Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale is a Genetically Modified Food,” most of the food we eat today is not natural.  “Some 10,000 years ago,” said Newland, “our ancestors picked tiny berries, collected bitter plants, and hunted sinewy game, because these are the foods that occurred naturally in the wild.” What changed all of that?  “Agriculture,” wrote Newland, and “with it the eventual realization that farmers could selectively breed animals and plants to be bigger, hardier, and easier to manage.”

State Labeling Would Be a Logistical Calamity

For the past several years, activist groups such as Food Democracy Now! and Just Label It! have been pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Unfortunately, the exuberance of this grassroots effort may cause more harm than good.

Weird Science

In John Hughes’ 1985 sophomoric romp, Weird Science, a pair of hormonal high-schoolers manufacture the girl of their dreams with the help of a Barbie doll, a home computer, and a well-timed bolt of lightning.  It was an absurd premise, but if recent grant recipients are any guide, it might be a good candidate for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). (N.B.: “NSF” is commonly used by banks to connote “insufficient funds.”) 

CAGW Releases August Wastewatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Alexandra Booze (202) 467-5318
August 9, 2014

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CAGW Names Rep. Mike Rogers November 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Hoyer is CAGW's Porker of the Month for his support for being a leading proponent of a wasteful sixth military branch called the Space Force.