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One Thousand Celebrations of Science!

By Karl Haro von Mogel1000-mini
4 Jul 2014

Today, on the Biofortified Blog we have reached an important milestone. For over five years we have been blogging, having a conversation, and building resources for people to learn about science, plants, agriculture, and particularly genetically engineered crops, and now we have a total of 1,000 blog posts! While I did give an update on [...]

Why does Russia Plan to Stop GMO Cultivation and Imports?

By Caroline Coatneyrussian-prime-minister-dmitry-medvedev-723081-russian-prime-minister
6 Jun 2014

Russia has said a loud and resounding no to GMOs this spring. The country banned the import of GMO food and food products a few months ago. It has also postponed Decree 839 from coming into effect. Currently, no GMO crops are allowed to be grown on Russian soil, excluding those used for research purposes; [...]

Vote on the New Frank n. Foode™!

By Karl Haro von Mogelfrank7
26 Apr 2014

Friends, Readers, Kickstarter Backers, lend me your eyes and look at these ears! As you know, we raised enough money in our Kickstarter campaign to make 500 Frank N. Foode™ plushies, and 250 Hawai’ian Papaya plushies. I’m pleased to announce that the first drafts of these plant plushies are ready for the public eye, and [...]


Do GMO crops “foster monocultures?”

By Steve SavageCorn+Harvest+USB
8 Aug 2014

Do GMO crops “foster monoculture?” This is a frequent criticism of modern agriculture. I have three problems with it:

“Monoculture” isn’t the right term to use to describe the relevant issues – its really about a limited crop rotation
History and economics are the drivers behind this phenomenon, not crop biotechnology
The solutions – to [...]

Help Erika Bueno Fund Her Graduate Project!

By Joe BallengerImage of Apocephalus borealis, coutesy of Core et. al 2012
2 Aug 2014

Finding funding for some research projects is incredibly difficult, especially for newer researchers. For phenomena which have only been recently described, finding funding is even more difficult than finding funding for more established research areas. Because of this, there are a lot of labs which rely on citizen science projects or volunteer work to gather [...]

Sex and death in the cornfields: What is a refuge?

By Stephgood rootworm pic
22 Jul 2014

A lot of people have sent me news articles about the spread of Bt-resistant corn rootworm because they know I am interested in transgenic Bt.  These articles have alarming titles like Voracious worm evolves to eat biotech corn engineered to kill it and Evolution one-ups genetic modification. Yes,  unfotunately, corn rootworm that are resistant to transgenic Bt corn [...]


Consumer Reports publishes unscientific analysis

By Kevin Foltaconsumerreports
8 Aug 2014

Grandpa Folta liked Consumer Reports, the magazine that would help him find maximum value in his oil filters and bacon bits. They have been recognized for a long time as an objective source of critical side-by-side analysis of consumer goods, and I’ve made decisions based on their recommendations. The magazine is still popular, and is [...]

Name our Papaya Plushie!

By Karl Haro von Mogelpapaya-final-4-frontpage
31 Jul 2014

As some of you may have seen on Twitter and Facebook, a new round of draft Frank N. Foode™ and Papaya Plushies has come out. While Frank is almost ready to go, we have finished the design process for our new papaya plushie! Soon, I will have the design samples in my hands to look [...]

Five Tasty Reasons To Reconsider GMO Crops

By Steve SavageWine+and+Chocolate
17 Jun 2014

What if premium coffee, gourmet chocolate, fine California wine, bananas, or not-from-concentrate orange juice become costly or scarce? Would that matter to you?

Talks & Interviews

Edible Education 101 and GMOs

By Karl Haro von MogelPamela
26 Apr 2014

Last week, Dr. Pam Ronald gave a lecture about genetically engineered crops in Michael Pollan and Raj Patel’s Edible Education 101 class. After the 1-hour lecture, she sat down with Pollan and Patel to debate and discuss the issue. The New Yorker wrote a story about it, and now you can watch the video!

Dr. [...]

Q&A about Plenish® soybeans

By Anastasia BodnarSusan Knowlton, image provided by DuPont Pioneer.
2 Apr 2014

In the post What do you want to know about Plenish® Soybeans? we invited you to ask questions of Susan Knowlton, a Senior Research Manager with DuPont and the lead of the DuPont Healthy Oils team (see her bio below). Dr. Knowles has provided detailed responses to some of your questions.

Q&A about biofortified sorghum

By Anastasia Bodnar
18 Mar 2014

In the post What do you want to know about biofortified sorghum? we invited you to ask questions of Marc Albertsen, DuPont Pioneer’s team lead for the African Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) project (see his bio below). Dr. Albertsen’s has provided detailed responses.


What does a non-GMO label get you?

By Anastasia BodnarGluten-free waffle breakfast at Silver Diner. Image by Teri Centner via Flickr.
27 Feb 2014

I’m all for voluntary non-GMO labels. They’re a market based solution that meets a niche demand. They provide diversity in the market without raising prices for everyone. Still, I prefer to avoid them (and thankfully in the US, I still have the choice to do so) in large part because I don’t think they’re accomplishing [...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Frank N. Foode™Thanksgiving2011
28 Nov 2013

Enjoy your food tonight, thank some farmers and scientists. Forget about the politics for a little while.

Michelle Obama: Don’t go on The Biggest Loser

By Ariela Haro von Mogelbiggest-loser-150
7 Nov 2013

Dear Mrs. Michelle Obama,

I am a dietetic intern with Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina writing on the subject of your reappearance on the popular reality show, The Biggest Loser.

I understand the concern over adult and childhood obesity, and implementing effective strategies to combat it. However, The Biggest Loser is not an appropriate platform [...]

Science & Society

Dear Legislator, About that GMO Labeling bill…

By MaryMmassachusetts-stamp2
22 Jun 2014

Like a number of other states, GMO labeling in Massachusetts has been inching along for a while. Recently it came to the surface, which has prompted me to write to state politicians with some thoughts on the bill and the issues. After sending a first letter expressing disappointment at support for this bill, one thoughtful [...]

Will Organic Apples be re-defined as “Contaminated?”

By Steve SavageApple+orchard
2 Jun 2014

There is an interesting new “GMO” apple nearing approval in the US and in Canada called the “Arctic Apple.”  It was developed by a British Columbia, grower-based organization called Okanagan Specialty Fruit.  Certain genes in these apples are turned off so that the fruit doesn’t  express the enzymes that make the apples turn brown after cutting. [...]

Genetically Modified Dengue Fighters

By Layla KatiraeeThe Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which can be recognized from the banding pattern on its legs. Image by USDA via Wikimedia.
28 Apr 2014

When I was 6 years old, my family moved to Venezuela. I graduated from high-school and then chose to move back to Canada to go to college while my family stayed behind. It’s only in the past 2-4 years that my family left Venezuela due to the economic and political instability. And the kidnappings.

Most [...]

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