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News

Learn about regulation of GMOs

By Karl Haro von Mogelpapaya-tree
19 Nov 2014
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Anyone interested in how genetically engineered organisms are regulated in the US should check out the Stakeholder meeting presented by the USDA’s Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) happening on November 19 from 8:30am to 12:00pm EST. You can find registration information for the webinar and the agenda at the BRS website.

The agenda includes highlights such […]

Kickstarter update: Two Weeks and Counting

By Karl Haro von MogelB19lAd6CQAATV01
13 Nov 2014
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Greetings, everyone! I have an update on the status of our Kickstarter rewards. We know you are eagerly anticipating getting your Frank N. Foode™ and Lanakila Ā. Papaya plushies, and a few of you have been checking in wondering what the status is. We had a couple more steps to finish, and a production delay […]

Don’t Silence Science, an Appeal

By BFI BoardBFI-board
6 Nov 2014
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Today, we have an unfortunate announcement to make. For about one month, Biology Fortified has been the target of an ongoing Denial of Service attack, which has been taking our sites offline. We have prepared a video announcement to tell you more about it, and to make an appeal to the attacker for them to […]

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

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 pseudoscientist, Vani Hari, a.k.a. the Food Babe.  For those unfamiliar with Food Babe, she is […]

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 […]

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 I talked about how he went looking for his elusive, ghostly white squash, applying what […]

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.

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

“The GMO Deception” is, in fact, deceptive

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