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Comment Today on the next Genetically Engineered Potato

By Karl Haro von MogelInnate Potato next to a conventional one
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. […]

Off-patent GMO soybeans: What happens now?

By Karl Haro von MogelSoybean Seed
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 […]

Plushies Finished!

By Karl Haro von Mogelfrankthumb1
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 […]


Medical Doctors weigh in on Glyphosate Claims

By Karl Haro von Mogelnovella2
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 […]

Agriculture Requires Fertilizer Inputs, and That’s Good

By Andrew McGuireHarvest time by joinash via Flickr.
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 […]

Help GENERA by submitting links to outside analyses!

By Anastasia Bodnar7f4t9W5_
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 […]


What Shiva can Teach us about Science Communication

By Kevin Foltashiva
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 […]

A Misplaced Concern about an Apple

By Steve Savagearctic apple vs regular crop
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 […]

A feminist mother and science advocate’s response to Vani Hari, the “Food Babe”

By Kavin SenapathyEogmuHn-_400x400
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 […]

Talks & Interviews

The Return of a King – The American Chestnut

By Karl Haro von Mogelexcitingresults600
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 […]

Live chat about the future of Biology Fortified

By BFI BoardBFI-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 […]

Chasing a Ghost Squash

By Karl Haro von Mogelghost-squash03
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 […]


Let’s make Music for Cooking with Frank N. Foode™!

By Karl Haro von MogelFrank-piano
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 […]

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

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

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

Science & Society

Moving past our assumptions

By Anastasia Bodnarby Chris Devers via Flickr.
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 […]

Feeling Detached from Food Production? Blame Jethro Tull

By Steve SavageJethro_Tull_(agriculturist)
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.
Jethro Tull!?

No, I […]

Journal club

By 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:
Around the world, the journal club is a cornerstone engagement with the scholarly literature. Whether in face-to-face meetings or on social media platforms, researchers, physicians, and trainees gather […]

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