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News

Unboxing the new Frank N. Foode and Papaya Plushies

By Karl Haro von MogelBw4Cdi7CEAAa9HH
6 Sep 2014
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A little box came in the mail today, with something we’ve all been waiting for. Watch the video, and let me know what you think!

The new Frank N. Foode™!

By Karl Haro von Mogel
26 Aug 2014
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Here’s a short update that I’m sure everyone will be interested to hear about. After several redesigns and adjustments, I’m really pleased to announce that the design for the new Frank N. Foode plushie that many of you have been waiting for – is done!

So here’ what comes next.

Announcing the launch of the GENERA beta test

By Karl Haro von MogelGENERA Map
25 Aug 2014
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We are proud to announce the launch of the new GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas (GENERA) website and the public beta test of our system. Today, for the first time ever, the public will be able to see what we have been working on for so long. Check out our press release and let us know what [...]

Science

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 and Evolution one-ups genetic modification.  I started out talking about the system as it was originally [...]

Concentrate Organic Matter at Surface to Improve Soils

By Andrew McGuiretilling the field
27 Aug 2014
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Organic matter is the key to soil quality, but building soil organic matter levels can be slow and expensive. There is an alternative. Research shows (Franzluebbers, 2002) many soil functions improve when organic matter is concentrated in the top 2-3″ of the soil, and that, for many soils and environments, this may be the most [...]

Do GMO crops “foster monocultures?”

By Steve SavageCorn+Harvest+USB
8 Aug 2014
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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 [...]

Commentary

Consumer Reports publishes unscientific analysis

By Kevin Foltaconsumerreports
8 Aug 2014
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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
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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 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
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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
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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 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
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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. Knowles has provided detailed responses to some of your questions.

Q&A about biofortified sorghum

By Anastasia Bodnar
18 Mar 2014
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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.

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

Science & Society

GM Watch finds GENERA useful, “badly needed”

By Anastasia BodnarGENERA Safety
28 Aug 2014
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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 needed but beyond our means to gather together.” Biology Fortified, Inc., with our limited resources [...]

Dear Legislator, About that GMO Labeling bill…

By MaryMmassachusetts-stamp2
22 Jun 2014
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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
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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. [...]

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