Agriculture and food are important, and the public needs people with first-hand knowledge. One of the goals of the Biofortified Blog is to give people the opportunity to write about what they know, engage in a moderated discussion, and be part of a community of writers and readers that want to give these topics the attention they deserve.
We are always looking for articles written by scientists, doctors, farmers, chefs, and anyone who eats food. This opportunity is open to anyone, no matter your views. Contact us to learn more.
We have a wide reach, with a network of scientists, science enthusiasts, and more who seek out our content. We will post and promote your work on social media and can help you build your personal brand as a writer while you write with us. Some of our writers have gone on to start their own successful projects and organizations!
What to write about
Unsure what to write about? Here are some ideas to help you brainstorm. Whatever you decide to write about, whether you are a new contributor or a regular author, it is always helpful to consult us on your chosen topic before you start writing. The editors can help turn an idea into a post, and can help new authors get started.
If there is something you want to contribute to the blog, please ask us before you put a lot of work into it. We can provide advice and make sure that your work is a great success!
- Plants, genetics, biotechnology. If you are a plant scientist, geneticist, breeder, or other scientist with expertise in this area, you could talk about the science, or one of the many issues that intersect the science.
- Agriculture. Cover crops, fertilizers, pesticides, organic, environmental impact, climate change, land use, farmer’s markets, and more! We want to hear diverse voices and first person accounts.
- Food. Who doesn’t love talking about food? Nutrition, culture and traditions, modernization, world hunger, food distribution, even recipes are welcome!
- Ethics. What are the ethical implications of new innovations in crops, food, or production practices? Help our readers consider important issues in bioethics.
- Education and science communication. Are students learning enough about where their food comes from? What are innovative ways to reach more people?
- Law and regulations. Are you a lawyer, policy geek, or someone who thinks about the consequences of current or future policies and laws? Is there a better way to regulate new technologies?
- News and media. How is the media covering science, ag, and food? You could write a short summary of some interesting news, or comment on the media’s coverage of important issues.
- Interviews. Interviews with scientists and others are a great way to contribute. We can help put together questions, and so can our readers. If you have an idea about someone to interview, check with us first. We can also contact your interviewee for you, which might make it more likely that you will get the interview. Read more about Interviews below.
- Art, music, video. We invite all types of communication methods. Feel like videotaping yourself with your plants and telling us something cool about them? We can feature it on the blog, and upload it to our YouTube channel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact us if your question is not covered below.
- Can I write about whatever I want? Yes and no. We let our contributors choose what to write about, but you should consider topics that we regularly discuss on the blog.
- Can I submit a post I wrote for my own blog? Yes. Republishing content you have written is a great way to bring more people into the discussion. Make sure to link to the original source in your post, and if you wrote it for someone else, make sure you have their permission.
- Can I republish something that someone else has written? Maybe. You need permission from the copyright owner. As with republishing posts and articles from your own site, you need to link to the original source within your post. Send us a copy of the permission provided from the owner.
- Do I get paid to write posts? No. Authors are not paid. We are a non-profit organization with a very small budget.
- Can other people pay me to write articles? No. We do not accept paid posts. However, you can re-post paid articles with permission, and you must link to the original source within the post.
- I work for a biotech company, can I write an article? Yes. Your post should be your own personal views and not the views of your company. Contributors should write with their real name and disclose any financial conflicts of interest in their profile. Please consult with the public relations office in your company to make sure you have permission and that you are using appropriate disclaimers.
- I represent a biotech company, can I write about our new product? No. The Biofortified Blog is not a place to advertise. However, if you are interested in answering questions about your product in an interview, contact us.
- I work for the government, can I write an article? Yes. We welcome posts by government employees and elected officials. Please consult with your supervisor and ethics office to make sure you have permission and that you are using appropriate disclaimers. If you want to discuss a specific policy, bill, amendment, etc., it would be best to contact us; an interview may be a more appropriate format.
- I do not like GMOs and I think they should be stopped. Can I write an article? Yes! Interesting, original opinion posts are welcome, but be sure to differentiate between established fact and your opinions.
- I love GMOs and I think they are going to solve all our problems. Can I write an article? Yes! Interesting, original opinion posts are welcome, but be sure to differentiate between established fact and your opinions.
- I read something on the Biofortified Blog that I disagree with. Can I write a rebuttal? Yes. We encourage you to begin by commenting on the post you disagree with. If you have a lot to say, an article may be the best way to continue the discussion. If there are errors in a post, we may ask the author to address them, post a correction, or pull the post entirely. Contact us and describe any errors, with sources for correct information.
- I just published a peer-reviewed paper! Can I write a post about it? Yes! This is a great way to communicate your research to a wider audience, and we would be happy to help you get a discussion going. Be careful about over-reaching with preliminary data; delineate between what your paper demonstrated and things that have yet to be demonstrated.
- I discovered that ____ is going to cause ____! Can I publish this on the blog? As a science-based organization, we encourage you to first seek publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal, and to validate your results with a 3rd party.
- Can I call someone a liar, fraud, shill, or lackey in my post? To accuse someone of intentionally being deceptive is a heavy charge, one that we do not take lightly. There may be legal consequences for yourself and our blog if these claims are false. Per our Comment Policy, please avoid making such accusations. If someone is being intentionally deceptive, you should have very specific, verifiable evidence, which is difficult to obtain. You post will be rejected if you go too far.
- Can I write a post in a language other than English? Yes. We are interested in reaching a wider audience. You could write in another language, translate to English, and we could publish both versions.
- I don’t understand how to submit a post. Help? For information on how to write and submit your post, contact us.
Many topics covered by the Biofortified Blog lend themselves well to interviews. An interview allows us to tell a story about a person, a plant, a product, all of the above, and more. If you are interested in being interviewed, or if you want to interview someone else, read the information below, then contact us.
Interviews at Biofortified typically have two posts. After the person being interviewed has agreed to the interview, the author writes a post to introduce the subject and call for questions from our readers. This first post often has a bio and photo of the person being interviewed, and a picture of the food, science, or product being discussed.
After about a week, the author goes through the questions and puts them in an order that makes sense. The author emails the questions to the person being interviewed, who has about a week to email back with their response. The person being interviewed can include links to other sources, graphics, videos, etc along with a text response.
Next, the author serves as an editor, making sure that the answers to the questions flow well, paraphrasing where appropriate, etc. The author also makes sure the images and other media are properly formatted. Last but not least, the author encourages the person being interviewed to stop by and participate in the comment stream on their interview post.
Here are some examples of previous interviews:
- What do you want to know about Arctic® apples? and Q&A with Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ president Neal Carter
- What do you want to know about GE wheat? and Interview with Dr. Gia Aradottir
- What do you want to know about Plenish® soybeans? and Q&A about Plenish® soybeans
- What do you want to know about biofortified sorghum? and Q&A about biofortified sorghum
If you’re interested in submitting an interview, please contact us before initiating the interview.