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News

April Fools: FoIA requests expand to all published academic GMO research

By Karl Haro von MogelFOIA2000
1 Apr 2015
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Editor’s Note: The following post was part of our 2015 April Fools prank on our readers. A lot of people had fun reading and joking about it. If you were worried about so many researchers being harassed you can now relax, but if you were a graduate student looking forward to a free weekly buffet […]

Plushies have arrived!

By Karl Haro von Mogelplushieparty
18 Feb 2015
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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 […]

USRTK wants the Emails of Public Scientists

By Karl Haro von MogelThe logo of USRTK
11 Feb 2015
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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 […]

Science

Space Farming is Science FICTION

By Andrew McGuirea
8 Apr 2015
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It said on the screen, “Bioregenerating Soil-Based Space Agriculture.” The title of the talk was “Beyond Intensification.” The speaker, a prominent researcher and prolific author, is someone who I thought would present clear thinking on how, in addition to intensification of current agriculture, we can go about producing enough food for the earth’s growing population. […]

Deathmatch: Conventional Breeding vs Transgenesis

By Layla KatiraeeLayla's mad photoshopping skills were put to the test in the making of this graphic.
29 Mar 2015
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“Mutation. It is the key to our evolution. It has enabled us to evolve from a single-celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward.” – Professor Xavier

I love that quote from X-Men.

Other […]

What makes honeybee colonies Collapse?

By Joe BallengerFrank likes bees too.
17 Feb 2015
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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 […]

Commentary

Why no one will ever “prove that GMOs are safe”

By Layla KatiraeeWater has never been proven safe. Image by Konstantin Stepanov via Flickr.
20 May 2015
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When discussing transgenic crops, I regularly get asked to provide a paper that “proves” that GMOs are safe. Whether you want proof that biotech crops, organic bananas, or conventional peaches are safe, I cannot provide you with such a paper. Safety is a relative term and is generally defined as the absence of risk or […]

Break the silence on GMOs – with a story

By Anastasia Bodnarthanks for asking
26 Apr 2015
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A recent article argues that it is Time for Farmers to Break Their Silence on GMOs, and I heartily agree. I recently spoke at the GMOs: Now we’re talking! event hosted by the Kansas Farm Bureau, where Bureau President, Richard Felts, asked me what farmers should say. Is there a quick fact or something that could […]

Should science be a democracy?

By Layla KatiraeeDubai Air Show by Alexander Babashov via Flickr.
10 Apr 2015
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A January 2015 survey conducted by agricultural economists at Oklahoma State found that 82% of Americans want their food labeled if it contains GMOs. The same survey found that 80% of Americans want their food labeled if it contains DNA.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot. After the initial face-palm, my feelings of intellectual superiority gradually ebbed […]

Talks & Interviews

Biotech 2.1 at UF Biotechnology Literacy Day

By Karl Haro von Mogelbiotech-literacy
11 May 2015
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Last year in June, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences hosted the first Biotechnology Literacy Day. I spoke at this event, and presented on the “Next Wave” of genetically engineered crops, which we often call Biotech 2.0. It was a fun event and there several awesome speakers and attendees at this […]

TED Talk: The Case for Engineering our Food

By Pamela Ronaldpam-ronald
4 May 2015
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My TED talk on sustainable ag, food security and GMOs is now available for viewing. Please watch it and let me know what you think!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ2TF8-PGQ4

Better Know a Scientist: Entomologist Erfan Vafaie

By Layla KatiraeeErfan Vafaie. Image from Texas A&M.
8 Apr 2015
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This is the first in a new series called “Better Know a Scientist”. The goal of these interviews will be for scientists to share their research, for us readers to gain more knowledge in a field we may not be familiar with, and to learn a bit about the individuals doing the research as well. […]

Food

Bird flu and egg substitutes

By Anastasia BodnarFrank visits Pete and Gerry's egg farm in Vermont in October 2013.
17 May 2015
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It’s strange that so few people are talking about this flu outbreak in chickens in the US. I don’t think it’s something we can ignore. The outbreak is sad for many reasons, including the birds’ suffering, the needed yet wasteful culling of flocks, and the human toll of the workers dealing with so much death […]

Celebrate cookies and science

By Anastasia BodnarGirl Scout Cookies - Thin Mints & Samoas - by Brianpdx via flickr
31 Jan 2015
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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 […]

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 […]

Science & Society

A fine kettle of fish fearmongering

By MaryMKettle of GMO Fish
17 May 2015
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Consumers continue to demand fish at very high levels, and this puts pressure on wild fish stocks. A report recently highlighted the fact that aquaculture is becoming increasingly important:
If we continue to fish at the current pace, some scientists predict we’ll be facing oceans devoid of edible marine creatures by 2050.

Aquaculture could come […]

GMO Potatoes on The Daily Show

By Karl Haro von MogelInnate Potato next to a conventional one
23 Apr 2015
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is not afraid to tackle tough issues with a comedic eye. While The Daily Show has tackled science-related issues such as climate change, evolution, and vaccines many times, genetically engineered crops have not been a frequent feature. Last night, Aasif Mandvi started to change that, and with hilarious results. […]

Bill Nye, Science Guy, and GMOs – oh my!

By MaryMnyethumb
19 Apr 2015
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Bill Nye caused a bit of drama over his stance on GMOs with the publication of his recent book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. Biologists were dismayed by some of the unsourced claims he was making, and what seemed to be a failure to investigate the science on this issue. And for someone […]

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