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Karl Haro von Mogel
9 Jan 2015
There’s always a little catch-up to do when coming out of the Holiday season. Back in December, the USDA public comment period opened up for a next-generation transgenic potato variety developed by Simplot. The previous Simplot “Generation 1 Innate” potato, which reduced browning, acrylamide, and bruising, was approved by the USDA in November last year. […]Karl Haro von Mogel
12 Dec 2014
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 […]Karl Haro von Mogel
4 Dec 2014
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 […]
Karl Haro von Mogel
2 Jan 2015
Before the Holidays, a claim was being circulated around about glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide. The claim is that half of all children will be autistic by 2025 – and the source for this claim is none other than Dr. Stephanie Seneff. Long-time readers of this blog will recognize that she has […]Andrew McGuire
24 Nov 2014
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 […]Anastasia Bodnar
17 Nov 2014
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 […]
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 […]Steve Savage
11 Dec 2014
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 […]Kavin Senapathy
10 Dec 2014
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]Frank N. Foode™
28 Nov 2013
Enjoy your food tonight, thank some farmers and scientists. Forget about the politics for a little while.
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?
As described by the PubMed Commons Team:
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