One Thousand Celebrations of Science!

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Today, on the Biofortified Blog we have reached an important milestone. For over five years we have been blogging, having a conversation, and building resources for people to learn about science, plants, agriculture, and particularly genetically engineered crops, and now we have a total of 1,000 blog posts! While I did give an update on posts, hits, and comments back in October when we passed 1,000,000 views, I’m going to take a moment to show everyone where we’re heading, and then I’ll give you an update on our Bring Frank N. Foode™ to Life! Kickstarter project and announce the winner

Why does Russia Plan to Stop GMO Cultivation and Imports?

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Russia has said a loud and resounding no to GMOs this spring. The country banned the import of GMO food and food products a few months ago. It has also postponed Decree 839 from coming into effect. Currently, no GMO crops are allowed to be grown on Russian soil, excluding those used for research purposes; GMO foods and ingredients can only be imported. Decree 839 would have allowed Russian farmers to cultivate and sell GMOs as long as proper registration procedures were followed. However, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently announced that the decree’s original effective date—July 1, 2014—has been pushed back

Vote on the New Frank n. Foode™!

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Friends, Readers, Kickstarter Backers, lend me your eyes and look at these ears! As you know, we raised enough money in our Kickstarter campaign to make 500 Frank N. Foode™ plushies, and 250 Hawai’ian Papaya plushies. I’m pleased to announce that the first drafts of these plant plushies are ready for the public eye, and we want to know what you think about them! Also, it is time to vote on which of our blogger supporters will win a Silver Bullet Frank plushie! 1st Draft of the New Frank N. Foode™ The original Frank design was challenging to reproduce.

Controversial biotech outreach program gets mixed reception (April Fools)

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By Abril D Primero The Biotechnology industry, struggling to gain acceptance for their products, has looked at social media as a wild animal they’ve been unable to tame, until now. Momsanto, a giant corporation that sells genetically engineered seeds and low-calorie sweeteners, has launched a program called “$hill Bucks.” This new social media-based incentive program, the industry believes, will allow them to regain control of public opinion, which according to online comment discussions, is entirely based on who wins comment thread arguments on the internet. “It’s high time we started rewarding people who argue with our opposition online.” Cora Perate,

Play it Hard – A Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug

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The International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) and Biology Fortified have produced a special video tribute to the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, a legendary CIMMYT scientist who developed high-yielding, semi-dwarf wheat that started the Green Revolution which is credited with saving over 1 billion people from starvation. The release of this tribute coincides with The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security, on what would have been the 100th birthday of Dr. Borlaug. His message of increasing food production and the importance of using science in this effort are still important today – perhaps more than ever