News

Questions arise about upcoming “Factor GMO” study

By Karl Haro von MogelThe Factor GMO logo
28 Oct 2014
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Last week, Henry Rowlands at Sustainable Pulse announced the upcoming launch of a study on genetically engineered crops, which was later picked up by GM Watch. At a staggering $25 million budget, it promises to be “the largest and most

2014 Frankenfood Carving and Costume Contest

By Frank N. Foode™2014-Contest-400
23 Oct 2014
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Hello everyone! Frank N. Foode™ here to make an important announcement. October 31st – celebrated both as Halloween and the birthdate of this fine blog (what a coincidence?) is just around the corner. You know what that means? Oh yes,

Jimmy Kimmel gives GMOs the Gluten treatment

By Karl Haro von MogelJimmyKimmelHWOFSept2012
9 Oct 2014
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Jimmy Kimmel jumped into the discussion of the “Gluten-free” trend, showing that many people who avoided wheat gluten did not understand what it was or why they were avoiding it. Now, Jimmy Kimmel has done the same thing with GMOs.

Talks & Interviews

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

Edible Education 101 and GMOs

By Karl Haro von MogelPamela
26 Apr 2014
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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

Q&A about Plenish® soybeans

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

Science

Review of “Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood”

By Layla Katiraee
13 Oct 2014
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The 2013 PLoS One article Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood is often used as evidence that genes from GMO can “transfer” into our bodies (such as in this article from Collective Evolution). In this post, I’d

Don’t believe what Dr. Oz is saying about an agricultural herbicide

By Steve SavageDr+Oz+Wikipedia
24 Sep 2014
70 Comments

Television personality Dr Oz has released a video which talks about an agricultural product called Enlist Duo.  Virtually nothing in this video is presented accurately.  It is a prime example of fear-mongering around the issues of “GMOs” and pesticides.  I’d

Sex and death in the cornfields, Part II- Why rootworms?

By Stephgood rootworm pic
30 Aug 2014
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Hi, I started this series to explain a little more background behind the news and opinion articles you may have seen about Bt-resistant corn rootworms, with scary titles like Voracious worm evolves to eat biotech corn engineered to kill it

Food

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

By Karl Haro von MogelFrank-piano
17 Sep 2014
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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

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
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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

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Frank N. Foode™Thanksgiving2011
28 Nov 2013
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Enjoy your food tonight, thank some farmers and scientists. Forget about the politics for a little while.

Commentary

The day I unwittingly became a pro-science activist

By Jeff FountainFood Hunk profile pic300
2 Oct 2014
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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

Consumer Reports publishes unscientific analysis

By Kevin Foltaconsumerreports
8 Aug 2014
9 Comments

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,

Name our Papaya Plushie!

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

Science & Society

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

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

Dear Legislator, About that GMO Labeling bill…

By MaryMmassachusetts-stamp2
22 Jun 2014
131 Comments

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