"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."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Jeremy Rifkin on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Jeremy Rifkin on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Jeremy Rifkin on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Jeremy Rifkin on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Jeremy Rifkin on Thomas Paine
"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."
"We were making the first step out of the age of chemistry and physics, and into the age of biology."
"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."
"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."
"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."