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Jeremy Rifkin Quotes and Sayings

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What the public needs to understand is that these new technologies,
especially in recombinant DNA technology,
allow scientists to bypass biological boundaries altogether.
- Jeremy Rifkin

We are entering a new phase in human history -
one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed
to produce the goods and services for the global population.
- Jeremy Rifkin

The American public is not aware that there might be
potential allergenic and toxic reactions.
With regular food, at least people know which foods they have an allergy to.
- Jeremy Rifkin

What I'm suggesting to you is that this could be a renaissance.
We may be on the cusp of a future which could provide
a tremendous leap forward for humanity.
- Jeremy Rifkin

 

Back in 1983, the United States government approved
the release of the first genetically modified organism.
In this case, it was a bacteria that prevents frost on food crops.
- Jeremy Rifkin

The industry's not stupid.
The industry knows that if those foods are labeled
"genetically engineered,"
the public will shy away and won't take them.
- Jeremy Rifkin

We are already producing enough food to feed the world.
We already have technology in place that allows us
to produce more than we can find a market for.
- Jeremy Rifkin

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Many of the genetically modified foods will be safe,
I'm sure.
Will most of them be safe? Nobody knows.
- Jeremy Rifkin

You can eliminate, for example, a Brazil nut gene if
you know that it will create an allergenic effect.
- Jeremy Rifkin

I know quite a few farmers all over the United States
who have tried this and have said the opposite,
that they have to use more herbicides,
not less.
The same holds true with BT.
- Jeremy Rifkin

One thing I've learned over these last 30 or 40 years
is that people make history.
There's no fait accompli to any of this.
- Jeremy Rifkin

The position I took at the time was that we hadn't
really examined any of the potential environmental
consequences of introducing genetically modified organisms.
- Jeremy Rifkin

A refuge is supposed to prevent what? The genes from
flowing out of sight? This refuge idea won't stop insects
from moving across boundaries.
That's absurd.
- Jeremy Rifkin

They're now turning those seeds into intellectual property,
so they have a virtual lock on the seeds upon which
we all depend for our food and survival.
- Jeremy Rifkin

We were making the first step out of the age of chemistry and physics,
and into the age of biology.
- Jeremy Rifkin

So my attorneys brought litigation in the U.S.
federal courts.
The judge ruled in our favor.
- Jeremy Rifkin

It may be that everything the life science companies
are telling us will turn out to be right,
and there's no problem here whatsoever.
That defies logic.
- Jeremy Rifkin

What's different here is that we have now technologies
that allow these life science companies to bypass classical breeding.
That's what makes it both powerful and exciting.
- Jeremy Rifkin

Here we are 17 years later.
Those agencies never did come through.
- Jeremy Rifkin

When we seed millions of acres of land with these plants,
what happens to foraging birds, to insects,
to microbes, to the other animals, when they come in
contact and digest plants that are producing materials
ranging from plastics to vaccines to pharmaceutical products?
- Jeremy Rifkin

The 10 largest antitrust law firms in the United States
have gone into the federal courts charging Monsanto
with creating a global conspiracy in violation of the antitrust laws,
to control the global market in seeds.
- Jeremy Rifkin

Many of the mainstream agricultural scientists,
especially at the agricultural schools,
but at all of our major universities,
are tied into all sorts of contractual relationships
and consulting relationships with the life science companies.
- Jeremy Rifkin

The insurance companies aren't covering that.
Should Monsanto be liable for these losses? Should
the state government? Who's going to cover the losses? The fact is,
here's an industry with no long-term liability in place.
- Jeremy Rifkin

We now have an opportunity, though, to do something
we didn't do in the industrial age,
and that is to get a leg up on this,
to bring the public in quickly,
to have an informed debate.
- Jeremy Rifkin

The public should know that the liability issues here have yet to be resolved,
or even raised.
If you're a farmer and you're growing a genetically engineering food crop,
those genes are going to flow to the other farm.
- Jeremy Rifkin

Back in the mid-1980s, congressional hearings were
held after we brought this litigation,
and held up the first experiment.
At that time, I went in front of Congress,
along with the major agencies involved with this.
- Jeremy Rifkin

The interesting thing is, while we die of diseases
of affluence from eating all these fatty meats,
our poor brethren in the developing world die of diseases of poverty,
because the land is not used now to grow food grain for their families.
- Jeremy Rifkin

The antitrust litigation currently in the federal courts in the U.S.
against Monsanto will be the test case in the life sciences,
just as the Microsoft case was the test case in the information sciences.
- Jeremy Rifkin

The electronic media introduced this idea to the larger audience very,
very quickly.
We spent years and years and years meeting with activists
all over Europe to lay the groundwork for a political response,
as we did here.
- Jeremy Rifkin

Europe will not accept genetically modified foods.
It doesn't make any difference in the final analysis what Brussels does,
what Washington does, or what the World Trade Organization does.
- Jeremy Rifkin

In this country, the health concerns and the environmental
concerns are as deep as in Europe.
All the surveys show that.
But here, we didn't have the cultural dimension.
This is a fast-food culture.
- Jeremy Rifkin

I wanted to make sure that this be the first scientific
and technology revolution in history in which the public
thoroughly discussed all the potential benefits and all the potential harms,
in advance of the technology coming online and running its course.
- Jeremy Rifkin

If your corn has a herbicide-tolerant gene,
it means you can spray your herbicides and kill the weeds;
you won't kill your corn because it's producing a gene
that makes it tolerant of the herbicide.
- Jeremy Rifkin

God is, even though the whole world deny him.
Truth stands, even if there be no public support.
It is self-sustained.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Truth stands, even if there be no public support.
It is self-sustained.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
- Joseph Campbell

Imagine for yourself a character,
a model personality whose example you determine to follow,
in private as well as in public.
- Epictetus

For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There is no such thing as public opinion.
There is only published opinion.
- Winston Churchill

And I believe that the best buy in public health today
must be a combination of regular physical exercise and a healthy diet.
- Julie Bishop

What the public expects and what is healthy for an
individual are two very different things.
- Esther Williams

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives,
but still hidden from the public, is that most things
get better by themselves;
most things,
in fact, are better in the morning.
- Lewis Thomas

Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared
and hated? This is because in part what they have to
say is new to the general public,
and the new is always alarming.
- Garrett Hardin

Baseball is a public trust.
Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over.
But baseball goes on.
- Peter Ueberroth

Like religion, politics, and family planning,
cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public.
It's too controversial.
- Erma Bombeck

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
for Nature cannot be fooled.
- Richard P. Feynman

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
- Ambrose Bierce

Congress will pass a law restricting public comment
on the Internet to individuals who have spent a minimum
of one hour actually accomplishing a specific task while on line.
- Andy Grove

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

What's sort of interesting about the whole public relations
disaster that is the Net,
in some ways, is that the fundamentals are really good.
- Meg Whitman

The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease.
What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease.
- Ashley Montagu

The human brain starts working the moment you are born
and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
- George Jessel

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

Money is power, and in that government which pays all
the public officers of the states will all political
power be substantially concentrated.
- Andrew Jackson

I am not bound for any public place,
but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees,
and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.
- Wendell Berry

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life:
in education,
medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
- Barry Commoner

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate,
exercises a public trust.
- Grover Cleveland

No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred
on an American than to have a public school named after him.
- Herbert Hoover

The Supreme Court's only armor is the cloak of public trust;
its sole ammunition,
the collective hopes of our society.
- Irving R. Kaufman

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning
the instrument as one goes on.
- Samuel Butler

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- H. L. Mencken

The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children.
They did not want public office.
- Herbert Hoover

All the president is, is a glorified public relations
man who spends his time flattering,
kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what
they are supposed to do anyway.
- Harry S. Truman

Expressing anger is a form of public littering.
- Willard Gaylin

Public misbehavior by the famous is a powerful teaching tool.
- Bill O'Reilly

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
- Bryan White

Give tax breaks to large corporations,
so that money can trickle down to the general public,
in the form of extra jobs.
- Andrew Mellon

It is amazing how the public steadfastly refuse to
attend the third day of a match when so often the last
day produces the best and most exciting cricket.
- Frank Woolley

It is time to end the discrimination against people
who need treatment for chemical addiction.
It is time for Congress to deal with our Nation's number
one public health problem.
- Jim Ramstad

The public can only be really moved by what is genuine.
- George Henry Lewes


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