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News

Off-patent GMO soybeans: What happens now?

By Karl Haro von MogelSoybean Seed
12 Dec 2014
16 Comments

The development, testing, and regulation of genetically engineered crops usually takes a significant investment of time and resources, and it comes as no surprise that these crops are patented so that their developers can recoup their investments. Farmers who grow these crops usually pay licensing fees for the use of the technology, and sign license […]

Plushies Finished!

By Karl Haro von Mogelfrankthumb1
4 Dec 2014
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Good news, everyone! I have been informed that the manufacturing step for the 750 Frank N. Foode™ and 500 Lanakila Papaya plushies is completed! Right now, they are packing all 1,250 of them up in boxes and getting the details set up with customs. Soon they will be shipped to Wisconsin, where the boxes will […]

Watch the Intelligence Squared GMO Debate

By Karl Haro von Mogeliq2-logo
3 Dec 2014
68 Comments

Update: Watch the Debate Live Here.

Tune in Wednesday, December 3rd for a debate on GMOs. Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate between four individuals from two opposing camps, addressing the question of whether or not we should grow genetically engineered foods. Arguing the positive are Robert Fraley from Monsanto and Alison Van Eenennaam from […]

Science

Agriculture Requires Fertilizer Inputs, and That’s Good

By Andrew McGuireHarvest time by joinash via Flickr.
24 Nov 2014
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On a brown, August-dry field in Eastern Washington, a farmer in a combine cuts a 24-foot swath across a field of wheat. The harvested grain then begins a journey, first to the storage bin, then to the local elevator, on rail to a flour mill, by truck to a bakery, by oven to bread, and […]

Help GENERA by submitting links to outside analyses!

By Anastasia Bodnar7f4t9W5_
17 Nov 2014
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In August, we launched the Beta release of the GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas (GENERA). This is our long-term project to make it easier to find and understand the scientific literature on genetically engineered crops. When we released the beta version of GENERA we knew there was still a lot of work to be done, including […]

A new meta-analysis on the farm-level impacts of GMOs

By Jonas Kathage6459739667_1a74b89eda_z
7 Nov 2014
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Despite the fact that the global area of GM crops has grown rapidly over the past decade and now encompasses more than 170 million hectares it is still questioned whether current applications of genetic engineering in agriculture are beneficial to farmers or not. While several reviews and meta-analyses on the impact of GM crops exist, […]

Commentary

A Misplaced Concern about an Apple

By Steve Savagearctic apple vs regular crop
11 Dec 2014
5 Comments

As a consumer and as an agricultural scientist, I’m looking forward to the introduction of the Arctic® apple. It is possibly nearing approval by regulators in the US and Canada which could mean that supplies might finally be available in a few more years.  These apples could give consumers the possibility of buying apples that […]

A feminist mother and science advocate’s response to Vani Hari, the “Food Babe”

By Kavin SenapathyEogmuHn-_400x400
10 Dec 2014
9 Comments

Originally published on the Genetic Literacy Project.

Vani Hari, better known as “Food Babe,” is a self-proclaimed investigator of food and consumer advocate. Yet, some of her so-called investigations have been based in little to no evidence, while most of the rest of her claims are outright drivel. She has made her mark in an […]

The day I unwittingly became a pro-science activist

By Jeff FountainFood Hunk profile pic300
2 Oct 2014
101 Comments

Early this September I attended the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa.  It’s an event that’s centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism.  The speakers included Joseph Mercola, Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, and my personal favorite pseudoscientist, Vani Hari, a.k.a. the Food Babe.  For those unfamiliar with Food Babe, she is […]

Talks & Interviews

The Return of a King – The American Chestnut

By Karl Haro von Mogelexcitingresults600
2 Dec 2014
4 Comments

When European settlers came to America, they found vast forests in the Appalachian mountains, dominated by the American chestnut. The chestnut quickly worked its way into the lives and culture of our country, and was used for lumber, food, forage, and fuel. But today, the chestnut is nearly gone – almost completely wiped out by […]

Live chat about the future of Biology Fortified

By BFI BoardBFI-board
1 Dec 2014
8 Comments

Friends, readers, and supporters, earlier this month we revealed some unfortunate news about our sites being under attack. Since our announcement the outpouring of support we have received has been heartfelt and overwhelming. Expressed through signatures and comments on our open letter, blog posts and support through social media and donations, you have expressed your […]

Chasing a Ghost Squash

By Karl Haro von Mogelghost-squash03
31 Oct 2014
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Back in one of my early plant breeding classes, Professor Jim Nienhuis entertained the class with a story about a white butternut squash that he found in his field one day. But the squash, like a ghost, disappeared. Jim and I talked about how he went looking for his elusive, ghostly white squash, applying what […]

Food

Let’s make Music for Cooking with Frank N. Foode™!

By Karl Haro von MogelFrank-piano
17 Sep 2014
2 Comments

As many of you may have heard, following the unboxing of our Frank N. Foode™ and Papaya plushies, we have placed the order for these plushies and the factory is beginning production. Not only that, but we managed to increase our order from the original 500 Franks and 250 Papayas to 750 Franks and 500 papayas! The […]

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
64 Comments

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
3 Comments

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

Science & Society

“The GMO Deception” is, in fact, deceptive

By MaryMA stale, misleading, text worth only about 2 pounds of recycled paper.
12 Nov 2014
15 Comments

Recycling can be a very good practice. Re-using components of electronics, waste paper, and food scraps that would otherwise head to the waste stream can be a great idea. However, sometimes re-use doesn’t bring any value. Recycling bad claims and ideas about GMOs helps no one. Unfortunately, The GMO Deception is a prime example of […]

Thomas Lang makes music for Frank N. Foode™

By Karl Haro von Mogelthomaslang-900
21 Sep 2014
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As you know, we’re working on the music for our educational video series, Cooking with Frank N. Foode™, and we are seeking donations to help fund this important part of our new outreach project. Next, I want to introduce you to Thomas Lang, who composed the music for this series. We knew it would be […]

GM Watch finds GENERA useful, “badly needed”

By Anastasia BodnarGENERA Safety
28 Aug 2014
59 Comments

Editor’s note: See an update at the bottom about GM Watch’s response to this post.

In a discussion about the scientific literature on genetically engineered crops, Claire Robinson of GM Watch has previously said: “I am, as you say, unaware of your GENERA project. A comprehensive list of studies on all aspects of GMOs is badly […]

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