Jon Entine, a former Emmy-winning producer for NBC News and ABC News, researches and writes about corporate responsibility and science and society. His books include No Crime But Prejudice: Fischer Homes, the Immigration Fiasco, and Extra-Judicial Prosecution (TFG Books, May 2009), about prosecutorial excesses; Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People (Grand Central Publishing, 2007), which focuses on the genetics of race; Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics Is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (AEI Press, 2006), about the genetic modification of food and farming; Pension Fund Politics: The Dangers of Socially Responsible Investing (AEI Press, 2005), which reveals the effects of social investing on pension funds; and the best-selling Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk about It (Public Affairs, 2000), based on an award-winning NBC News documentary. Currently, Mr. Entine is an adviser to Global Governance Watch (GGW), a project that examines transparency and accountability issues at the United Nations (UN), in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and in related international organizations. GGW also analyzes the impact of UN agencies and NGOs on government and corporations. He is also working on a book exploring the revolutionary impact of genomic research on medical treatments and traditional perceptions of human limits and capabilities.
Senior Fellow, Center for Risk & Health Communication, George Mason University, present
Senior Fellow, STATS (Statistical Assessment Center), George Mason University, present
Adviser, Global Governance Watch, AEI-Federalist Society, 2008-present
Cofounder, ESG Metrics, 2008-present
Columnist and Board Member, Ethical Corporation, 2001-present
Senior Counselor on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Northlich, 2005-2008
The introduction of ecolabels, seals and green lists and guides has prompted major changes in industry and consumer buying practices. What progress has been made in addressing consumer concerns about chemicals in foods, packaging and household products?
Three years ago, when a group of the country’s biggest food and beverage companies got together to discuss what they could do to curb the country’s collective appetite, the concern over America’s burgeoning waistline was soaring, with no apparent peak in obesity rates in sight.
The decision by Angelina Jolie to undergo a double mastectomy after tests determined she carried a genetic mutation that elevated her chances of developing breast or ovarian cancer has led to renewed calls for expanded genetic screening. It has also raised a disconcerting question-could genetic testing actually be harmful to your health?
Over the weekend, the cartoonish ‘March Against Monsanto' played out in many cities across the United States and the world, invariably to small crowds-although the organizers and anti-biotech NGOs did their best to claim inflated numbers in an attempt to garner headlines.
Many consumers—especially those who consider themselves ‘progressive’—have come to embrace the hard-edged beliefs, promoted by factions of the organic industry, that gene-altered crops are less safe, nutritious and sustainable than organic crops and foods.