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The U.S. Dietary Guidelines were born of good intentions. They were created to make Americans healthier.

The guidelines, however, were not inscribed on stone tablets and handed to mankind. Instead, they are the result of a bureaucratic process and, as such, are susceptible to dubious conclusions and adverse influence by activist groups.

In 2015, journalist Nina Teicholz conducted an investigation, published in BMJ, that criticized the dietary guidelines for being based on "weak scientific standards" and "vulnerable to internal bias as well as outside agendas." 

For instance, the guidelines recommend against saturated fat, which is commonly believed to cause cardiovascular disease. But...

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 1.28.00 PMWe have perennially been on opposite sides of the table from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on virtually every issue, for example, artificial sweeteners, trace chemicals, caramel coloring, Proposition 65, you name it.

But now we find ourselves in complete agreement: There is no reason for mandatory labels on GMO foods or products derived from them. Amen.

CSPI has held this position for some time. In 2013, Gregory Jaffe, their director of biotechnology, who was...