Reductionist thinking and GMOs

While the article GMOs, Silver Bullets and the Trap of Reductionist Thinking has garnered some praise, I was hoping for more here and was left unimpressed. Written by Jonathan Foley, Director of the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, the article begins by stating that GMOs have come with “Big Problems”. He goes on to elaborate several points that are actually either old myths, untrue, or not really GE specific. In the move from “lab into the real world” he states that “they end up being very disappointing.” I wonder how many growers across the globe would agree with that.

Huber’s claims in Maui lack evidence

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Yesterday, Dr. Don Huber spoke in Maui as part of an event that kicked off a political campaign to ban genetically engineered crops from the island. The same day, a letter to the editor by Dr. Harold Keyser, a retired soil scientist from the University of Hawaii, appeared in the same paper that gave a spotlight to the Huber event. Due to a time constraint, Huber took about 10 minutes to answer a few questions, so there was not the time for Keyser to ask a question at this event.* Dr. Keyser’s letter to the editor is republished with his permission

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!

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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

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Insulin. Source: Wikimedia Commons 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