Superfoods: GMO edition

Non-GE and GE tomatoes engineered for anthocyanins. Image from John Innes Centre.

We’ve all seen those silly lists of so-called super foods. A quick Google turned up 450,000,000 results, with the expected offenders on the first page: WebMD, Dr. Oz, Oprah, and some womens’ magazines. It’s nice to imagine that we can cure all sorts of ills if we just drink some exotic berry juice or add a certain spice to all of our meals. But the reality is that there’s usually very little scientific evidence for the claims that are being made. Instead of relying on that expensive juice 0r supplement to reverse aging, lose weight, improve memory, “cleanse”, or whatever the

Poll: Tell us how you’ve been waiting!

Frank won't sleep until the wheat is safe!

Hi everyone, Frank N. Foode™ here. Our Kickstarter is about to launch, with only about 12 hours to go. Soon you will have a chance to get your own copy of, well, me to have for your very own. Some of you have been waiting for this for a long time. Others have only just heard the news. Before our campaign launches, we can still have a little fun. How about taking this poll? How are you spending your time waiting for the Frank N. Foode Kickstarter to begin? Science! Counting my money Frantically emailing Kickstarter to put a stop

GMO Cheerios vs. GMO Insulin

InsulinHexamer

The recent decision of General Mills to produce GMO-free Cheerios is interesting from marketing, political, and biological angles. However, what I am interested in most is if GMO Inside and other anti-GMO groups will realize that the process of producing the GMO ingredients in Cheerios (corn starch and sugar) is identical in principle to the way insulin—and many other drugs, like your dog’s rabies shot—is made. If they adamantly insist on GMO-free food products, how can they not extend their request to all pharmaceutical products made with the same genetic engineering technology? If we must have GMO-free Cheerios, then

Genetic Roulette picked apart on Youtube

This comes via PythagoreanCrank in the Forum. The League of Nerds has just published an hour-long investigation into the documentary, Genetic Roulette, and they are as kind as can be expected from scientists who know what they are talking about. Just a casual conversation on a couch with no green screen, a magical cat, and just enough swear words to add color to their tin foil hats!

Organic Farming Reliant on Synthetic Nitrogen

A number of studies have suggested that organic farming better addresses issues related to climate change than non-organic farming. Many of the reported climate change advantages of organic farming flow from its prohibition of synthetic fertilizers and exclusive use of organic fertilizers. In the debate over the future of agriculture, organic food proponents have been using these results to support their arguments. One such statement is found in the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s August 2012 publication Organic Farming for Health and Prosperity which states “…organic farming has been shown to effectively mitigate climate change by increasing carbon sequestration in the