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Karl Haro von Mogel
18 Feb 2015
It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for. The Frank N. Foode™ and Lanakila Ā. Papaya™ plushies have arrived! I was just sending an email yesterday to get an update on the status of our shipping, and before the manufacturer could get back to me, I got a phone call from our mailbox. A pallet […]Karl Haro von Mogel
11 Feb 2015
This is troubling news for academic scientists. An organization called “US Right to Know” has issued at least a dozen legal requests to the home universities of public scientists who have made efforts to educate the public about genetically engineered crops. Using the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state laws, they want access […]BFI Board
10 Feb 2015
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Biology Fortified, Inc. (BFI) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to educate and engage the public about issues in food and agriculture, especially plant genetics and genetic engineering. We were an early […]
17 Feb 2015
Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder has always interested me, because I’m interested in insect pathology – and this is probably the most important insect-pathology related event we’ll see in our lifetimes. I’ve written about CCD here at Biofortified, first in my post Colony Collapse Disorder: an Introduction. I followed this up with Are Neonicotinoids the Cause […]Layla Katiraee
11 Feb 2015
Gene editing has been getting a lot of attention lately, with an increasing number of articles about this method in the media. In this post, I’ll provide a very high level overview of the method (please note that many molecules and enzymes will be omitted for the sake of simplicity). Most of the information here […]Joe Ballenger
10 Feb 2015
Everybody needs to eat. Agriculture is the cornerstone of civilization, and by 2100 we’ll need to be a lot better at agriculture because there may be as many as 11 billion people on this planet. Unfortunately, agriculture is also extremely inefficient. For every 100 lbs of food which could potentially be harvested, only about 30 […]
Karl Haro von Mogel
4 Mar 2015
Biology Fortified is pleased to co-sponsor this important open letter with the Cornell Alliance for Science. I encourage academic scientists and anyone who values academic freedom to stand with the fourteen academic scientists and professors who have been targeted to turn over their correspondence.
12 Feb 2015
Last week I received a FOIA request that all of my emails bearing certain terms were going to be obtained and turned over to an activist group. US-RTK, a San Francisco-based activist group, namely Gary Ruskin, wanted to know my ties to Big Ag and their PR arm.
The first thing I did was pick […]Kevin Folta
8 Jan 2015
We can learn a lot about people from not just what they say, but how they choose to say it. Communication scholars claim that something like 75% of meaning comes from non-verbal cues. Non-verbal cues are not just gestures, they come from our rate, volume, proximity and our willingness to absorb feedback. Many suggest that […]
Karl Haro von Mogel
Talks & Interviews
2 Dec 2014
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 […]BFI Board
1 Dec 2014
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 […]Karl Haro von Mogel
31 Oct 2014
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 […]
31 Jan 2015
Scouting was a very important part of my childhood. I learned independence, teamwork, and so many other important life traits. Not to mention the camping, singing, crafts… and cookies! Selling cookies was one of the highlights of each year. Thanks in large part to my grandmother who worked in a hospital and my aunt who worked […]Karl Haro von Mogel
17 Sep 2014
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 […]Anastasia Bodnar
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 […]
Science & Society
24 Jan 2015
If you could improve one thing in discussions between people with differing views, what would it be? I would encourage people (myself included!) to stop making assumptions about each other.
The thoughts here have been swirling in my mind for years, and it’s finally time to try to collect my ideas. I’m inspired to action […]Steve Savage
5 Jan 2015
Many consumers today feel out of touch with how their food is produced and are disturbed by a lot of what they hear about it through their social networks or other sources of information. If it is necessary to assign fault for this phenomenon, I think we could blame Jethro Tull.
No, I […]Anastasia Bodnar
23 Dec 2014
Exciting news came across my Twitter feed today: PubMed Commons is launching a journal club feature. What’s a journal club?
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