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Scientific American249,395GMOs are essential to feeding the world, proponents say. Tampering with nature is perilous, critics say. Who is right? Scientific American editor Michael Moyer will host a 30-minute conversation at noon EDT to explore this question with David H. Freedman, journalist and author of "Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us—And How to Know When Not to Trust Them." Join in and let us know what questions you'd like us to address. For more on this topic, see our September issue on Food, on newsstands later this week. The Truth about Genetically Modified Food2013-08-20 18:00:0077G+

Anastasia Bodnar has been shared in 39 public circles

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Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990615CC G+
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918711CC G+
Michael Ginsburg284#sharedcircle  of #Australians  on Google+. Over 1400 people in the circle but Google+ only allows to share 500 at a time.If you want to be added to the circle, please like and comment (so I am not accused of spamming) and also I need to be able to verify you are in #australia . Pages welcome provided again they are #Australian  and I can verify that. If there is a lot of interest from pages, I might consider starting a separate circle for #Australian pages.2014-05-22 00:25:16501414CC G+
Becky Collins5,164 Social Sciences Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !#socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-03-18 12:35:31305008CC G+
DEVILZART103This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circulo   #kreise   #kreis   #круг   #круги   #круглим   #кругляши  #blogger   #blogging   #bloggers#サークル   #界   #cercle   #دائرة   #kring   #kringen   #nederland  +Circles +Circle Circle Circle +Circles by DzjieDzjee +Selected Circles 2014 +Awesome Circles +Socialize circles +Circles & Circles & Circles +Google+ Categorized Circles +Circles Circles Circles +Curating Content on Google+ +Team Circle Share +Shared Circles +Circle Shares Notifications +Urkel's Shared Circles +Shared Circles Magic G+ +Shared Circles on G+ +SharedCircles #googleplus #circle #sahrecircle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleshared #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday 2014-02-25 06:41:2550014721CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky77,776Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-27 02:02:59453482472CC G+
Artur M.34,801A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.#forfriends  2014-01-13 10:29:00460422468CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky75,337This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-09 00:53:44453421865CC G+
Andrew Wisniewski38,062Good morning/evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!2013-12-29 06:11:0047941170CC G+
Georgia Mizuleva1,739Very Creative People Circle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #share #sharedpubliccircles #circle  2013-12-21 23:26:22470161223CC G+
Fabian Weiland145#sharedcircles #science #health2013-09-05 07:24:12497214CC G+
Science on Google+70,967Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology, ​​​​​Geography, Geology, and Neuroscience.Science on Google+ community: http://goo.gl/mTTxXView underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Active profiles and pages will be included in the next shared circle.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles   #sharedcircles 2013-08-17 20:56:0734392450CC G+
Alessandro Folghera7321. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you!#circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  Social Media Marketing Shared Circle ... share and increase your popularity !2013-04-16 08:01:53422229CC G+
Mike Barnes590Science and Techno Geeks Shared Circle1. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you! #circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  For more Social Media and Search Engine Marketing Tips visit http//SEO-Alien.com2013-04-09 20:08:43412417CC G+
Nicole Gugliucci19,829UPDATED First Ladies of Science CircleRemember that whole thing that happened a while ago when +Pamela Gay realized she was the only lady on the Science & Nature Suggested Users List? Well, not only were more women added as a result of our discussions (Thanks, Google!) but we put together a list or YOUR recommendations for your favorite ladies of science. These women do science, teach science, talk about science, or just plain LOVE science, and they share it with all of us here on Google+. Still missing you or one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments! 2013-02-27 04:41:0515610312CC G+
Nicole Gugliucci19,685I'm resharing my "First Ladies of Science" circle from last week ago based on your suggestions of the fabulous women of STEM here in Google+. Sorry, I've been busy with travel and haven't updated it and plan to do that... but I wanted to share from the new profile in case you missed it. 2013-02-09 16:05:091208815CC G+
Science on Google+27,055Biology CircleView profiles in circle: http://goo.gl/xuMxTLinks to shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2013-01-29 00:40:4116111220CC G+
Science on Google+13,361Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology, ​​​​​Geography, Geology, and Neuroscience.If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-12-02 15:41:4030541730CC G+
Science on Google+12,860Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology, ​​​​​Geography, Geology, and Neuroscience.If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-11-11 13:16:113015914CC G+
Nikki Crome10,618Want Interesting Content In Your Stream?Look no more for I give you SCIENCE!!This is the first time that I was asked to share a circle here on G+ :)I guarantee you will learn something new every day if you add these incredibly interesting and educated individuals ^_^....The circle for when you want something better than memes, animated gifs and photographs of kittens. #Science   #ScienceSunday   #ScienceCircle  2012-10-07 18:18:4341319217CC G+
Science on Google+9,494Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology, ​​​​​Geography, Geology, and Neuroscience.If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-09-09 14:25:5628712932CC G+
Fraser Cain136,858Super Science Circle - August 2012 EditionIt's time again for the latest edition of my Super Science Circle. If your stream is stale, import this shared circle and never want for knowledge again. And if anyone ever tells you Google+ is a ghost town, point them at this circle and demand they import it.Please reshare this list, to help it spread wide and far. Do it! For Science!If you're interested in my criteria, the circle contains:1. People active on Google+2. People who often post about science.I highly recommend that you import these people into a test circle and then evaluate them over the next month. Move over the people who really delight you to a more permanent circle. Then replace the test circle next month, when I share it again.If you know anyone who should be included in this list, please let me know. #sciencesunday   #evang+  2012-08-20 19:42:04434170414583CC G+
STEM Women on G+2,184STEM Women on G+ Shared Circle (Release 3)This is the first crowd-sourced, collaboratively curated circle of Women who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields that are also active on G+.We had some simple criteria for inclusion in this circle; every woman in this circle has a job that relates directly to STEM or is an advanced student of STEM. They are all active users of G+ and post Publicly about their STEM discipline regularly (i.e. at least once a week).• Import these people into a brand new circle, and then move people over into your permanent circles if you like what they post.• Reshare this post, to get the STEM goodness out to as many as people as possible :)• If we have missed someone that should be included in this circle in time for our next update, please nominate them at http://goo.gl/rvKEf. We will be actively curating this circle once a month or so, removing inactive users, adding new active users, so consider this a work in progress :)• Please also make sure that the nominee has added the STEM Women on G+ Brand Page to their circles (we cannot include the nominee in this shared circle unless she does that).--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This circle is curated by +Buddhini Samarasinghe, +Rajini Rao, +Christine Paluch, +Liz ℚuilty and +Liz Krane. A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported this crowd-sourced effort by sharing the original post and by nominating people for it - this wouldn't have been possible without you! #STEM #stemeducation #science #technology #engineering #maths #sharedcircleday #SharedCircles  2012-08-17 05:03:27167110233CC G+
Science on Google+8,204Natural SciencesClick on the following link to view the profiles in this circle: http://goo.gl/gRjj3.If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.2012-08-08 14:17:382771913CC G+
Science on Google+8,038Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology, ​​​​​Geography, Geology, and Neuroscience.If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-08-03 01:55:3027711115CC G+
Science on Google+7,561Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology, ​​​​​Geography, Geology, and Neuroscience.If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-07-22 14:42:092691710CC G+
Scott Lewis3,005The Amazing Women Circle!!As promised, I curated a circle specifically for the awesome women I have circled on Google+. I went through each and every one of these fantastic people's pages, making sure that they not only put up interesting content, but also tend to do so on a regular basis! We all need positive role models, regardless of gender, but with recent things on my mind, I felt the need to celebrate the amazing women on Google+ who add so much to this wonderful community!If any of you have recommendations for amazing women that I should add to this circle, go ahead and mention them in the comments. If you're in this circle and would like to be removed from it, please mention me in a post or email me: scott@knowthecosmos.com and I'll gladly respect your wishes and remove you. Go be awesome, everyone!2012-07-19 03:11:0286421535CC G+
Science on Google+7,308Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology, ​​​​​Geography, Geology, and Neuroscience.If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-07-15 14:02:432680612CC G+
Anastasia Bodnar0Trying to figure out how to start a shared circle for discussion of how to conduct targeted science communication for thought leaders such as Michel Pollan and Mark Bittman.2012-07-13 13:17:073301CC G+
Fraser Cain125,463Super Science Circle - July 2012 EditionHi everyone, it's time for the July 2012 Edition of my super science circle - and for #sciencesunday . If you're interested in sciency posts from interesting and active people, import this circle and you'll have a delightful stream.Please share this circle... for Science!I've added a handful of people, removed a few, and generally cleaned things up.I'm always looking for more people to add to this circle. People who:1. Are active, posting at least a couple of times a week. But not too active to overwhelm the stream.2. Post regularly about science. Not exclusively, but regularly.If you think you should be in this circle, just post your info in the comments below. As always, I recommend that you import these people into a temporary circle and try them on for size. Only move people to your permanent circles if you want to keep following them. 2012-07-08 20:59:084165476124CC G+
Science on Google+6,950Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology, ​​​​​Geology, and Neuroscience.If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-07-08 14:31:592602616CC G+
Haroon Abbasi215People Who are walking around the earth with Google Plus..... #sharedcircles  +Public Circles +Circle Plus +Circle Share +Public Circles +Shared Circles on G+ 2012-06-25 05:42:0950023616CC G+
Science on Google+5,856Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy/Space Sciences, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology,and ​​​​​​​​​​Geology/Earth Sciences.If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-06-24 14:59:112390620CC G+
Risto Linturi3,370This is my science circle - I am finding their insights valuable each day!2012-06-16 09:40:0350016620CC G+
Fraser Cain120,480Super Science Circle - June 2012 editionPlease reshare this circle... for Science!Just in time for summer reading, I offer you the latest edition of my Super Science Circle. This list contains almost 400 users of Google+ who are active and post science topics. I have personally evaluated everyone in this list, and made sure they meet my exacting criteria - I think you'll find they're a fantastic addition to any circle collection.As always, I suggest that you import these people into a fresh circle. Then evaluate them for a bit. Move your favorites over to more permanent circles.And I'm always looking for people to add to the list. If you post to Google+ at least a few times a week, and include a lot of science-oriented posts, please let me know and I'll add you for the future.P.S. I was really glad to find that very few people had gone inactive this time around. People are really getting active and engaged - definitely not a ghost town.P.P.S. A big thanks to +Science on Google+: A Public Database for gathering together a large number of science-oriented people. I was able to add about 100 people to my list.2012-06-16 01:22:0239664130109CC G+
Science on Google+5,521General Science Circle Updated 6/10 (Profiles Only)Please note that this will be the last General Science circle (i.e., we have exceeded the 500 person limit for shared circles), and +Allison Sekuler, +Chris Robinson, +Fraser Cain, +Rajini Rao, and +Robby Bowles are not included in the shared circle. Help keep #sciencesunday   trending by sharing this circle with your friends!If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles  #sharedcircles 2012-06-10 19:42:0850024325CC G+
Science on Google+5,446General Science Circle (Profiles)Click on the following link to view the profiles in this circle: http://goo.gl/Yz8KR. If you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-06-03 18:54:47490189CC G+
STEM Women on G+680STEM Women on G+ Shared Circle (Release 2)This is the first crowd-sourced, collaboratively curated circle of Women who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields that are also active on G+. We had some simple criteria for inclusion in this circle; every woman in this circle has a job that relates directly to STEM or is an advanced student of STEM. They are all active users of G+ and post Publicly about their STEM discipline regularly (i.e. at least once a week). • Import these people into a brand new circle, and then move people over into your permanent circles if you like what they post.• Reshare this post, to get the STEM goodness out to as many as people as possible :)• If we have missed someone that should be included in this circle in time for our next update, please nominate them at http://goo.gl/rvKEf. We will be actively curating this circle once a month or so, removing inactive users, adding new active users, so consider this a work in progress :)• Please also make sure that the nominee has added the STEM Women on G+ Brand Page to their circles (we cannot include the nominee in this shared circle unless she does that).--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This circle is curated by +Buddhini Samarasinghe, +Rajini Rao, +Liz Krane, +Liz ℚuilty and +Christine Paluch. A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported this crowd-sourced effort by sharing the original post and by nominating people for it - this wouldn't have been possible without you!2012-05-08 21:56:29153136530CC G+
Buddhini Samarasinghe10,097STEM Women on G+ Shared CircleThis is the first crowd-sourced, collaboratively curated circle of Women who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields that are also active on G+. We had some simple criteria for inclusion in this circle; every woman in this circle has a job that relates directly to STEM or is an advanced student of STEM. They are all active users of G+ and post Publicly about their STEM discipline regularly (i.e. at least once a week). • Import these people into a brand new circle, and then move people over into your permanent circles if you like what they post.• Reshare this post, to get the STEM goodness out to as many as people as possible :)• If we have missed someone that should be included in this circle in time for our next update, please nominate them at http://goo.gl/rvKEf. We will be actively curating this circle once a month or so, removing inactive users, adding new active users, so consider this a work in progress :) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This circle is curated by +Buddhini Samarasinghe, +Rajini Rao, +Liz Krane, +Liz ℚuilty and +Christine Paluch. A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported this crowd-sourced effort by sharing the original post and by nominating people for it - this wouldn't have been possible without you!2012-03-14 04:08:191452712860CC G+

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2012-08-19 23:53:24 (33 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)

Reason why I don't buy organic #156. 

At the Bethesda Farmers' market this morning, I chose a stand that was selling sweet corn. It was all organic, which I normally don't buy, but the person I was with said that this stand had the best stuff. Their corn was more expensive - $4.50 vs $3 for 6 - but I didn't realize that till after I'd paid. The leaves were nice and green so I was looking forward to some yummy sweet corn. Imagine my surprise when I came home and found this. 

One ear was lovely. One had very poor tip fill. Two had insect damage at the top (one was an earworm and one was a rootworm). Two were badly damaged by insects and had various fungi growing all over the ear, so I threw them away. I do not take risks with aflatoxin, thank you very much. So, for $4.50 I got less than 4 ears of corn.

It tasted ok, but sadly it wasn't even that tastyo... more »

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2012-10-13 20:43:56 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)

This article is a conflicted mess.

First, the author cites the Stanford study that says organic make no difference for nutrition, then says it doesn't matter because organic is really all about the environment. He cites a paper that showed organic yields are lower than conventional (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v485/n7397/full/nature11069.html), but this journalist apparently knows better about the subject than the three experts who wrote it because he blows the whole paper off (until the last paragraph). He completely neglected to mention the more recent Oxford review (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479712004264) that also found that organic is not as good for the environment as people believe it to be.

He then proceeds to fall for the fallacy that organic is all small vegetables and conventional is all large grain for feed. He blames everythingbad... more »

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2012-06-22 15:37:10 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)

#sciencegirlthing  is pretty horrible, but I wanted to offer an anecdote as a caution against assuming it's all bad.

After the USA Science and Engineering Festival (Washington DC in April), I got on the metro and found myself sitting across from a little girl age 7 or so with her dad. Right before the doors close, in walks a Science Cheerleader. The girl's face lit up with a huge smile.

For about a 10 minute metro ride, the two discussed the science experiments that they had conducted at the festival, the cheerleader talked about her day job as a scientist, the girl talked about how she liked doing science at school... it was just so awesome how excited the girl was about science. I don't think cheerleading ever came up, but it was an effective icebreaker.

Would I have been as compelling a role model to the girl, in my plain jeans and top? Maybe. But thati... more »

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2013-09-26 11:45:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

A richer hashtag experience in Google Search

The #hashtags you see in Google+ posts are a useful way to discover conversations around a particular topic. In May we added related hashtags to the Google+ stream, turning any post into an opportunity to go deeper and explore what’s interesting to you.

Today we’re bringing a richer hashtag experience to Google Search. Here’s how it works:

- When you search on Google for a hashtag, say [#AmericasCup] or [#WaterfallWednesday], a set of relevant Google+ posts may appear to the right of regular results.
- You’ll only be able to see posts that have been shared publicly or shared with you.
- If you click on any of these posts you'll go to Google+, where you'll see the full set of relevant posts.
- You'll also see links to search for these hashtags on other social sites.

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2013-09-25 14:32:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

#canhazpdf  ? :D

I'm hoping to get the pdfs for the following papers. Thank you very much!

Liang Jing, Bing Chen, Baiyu Zhang, and Jisi Zheng (2012). Monte Carlo Simulation–Aided Analytic Hierarchy Process Approach: Case Study of Assessing Preferred Non-Point-Source Pollution Control Best Management Practices. J. Environ. Eng. 139(5): 618-626.   http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29EE.1943-7870.0000673?journalCode=joeedu&

R. Banuelas and J. Antony (2004) Modified analytic hierarchy process to incorporate uncertainty and managerial aspects. Int. J. Prod. Res. 42 (18): 3841-3872.   http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00207540410001699183

2013-09-11 01:35:49 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Let's say you see a child being spanked and you are concerned, but it is't bad enough to call the police. The police just aren't able to act when abuse is at that relatively minor level. The next day, you see the child being beaten. Should you not call the police now because you couldn't before? 

I do not understand this line of "reasoning".

2013-09-02 23:11:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

I've often seen the claim that politicians are bought off by their campaign contributions. And I have seen a few anecdotes that seem to prove this true. But the plural of anecdote is not data. Has anyone seen an actual analysis of bills proposed, votes, etc compared to campaign contributions?

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2013-09-02 23:05:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

The recent destruction of the scientific work at the International Rice Research Institute was certainly appalling. But the side effect of the quality discussion that ensued was at least useful. And the rallying of the scientific community to condemn the vandalism was also nice to see.

Having Michael Pollan even say the trials should continue was probably the biggest surprise.

There is a petition to condemn the actions that has thousands of signatures now. And unlike typical online petitions, this one is largely signed by people whose hair is not on fire. The comments have been made available in a giant list, and they were really hopeful and knowledgeable.

When it hit 5000+ signatures, I extracted the comments and created a word cloud of the common words*. I really liked the way it came out.

*Technical note: I combined all the instances of golden + rice so they... more »

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2013-08-30 12:19:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Saw a post on "Food Safety News" that I just had to reply to http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/08/organic-foods-the-safety-question Here's my comment in case it isn't posted...

This article was reasonably informative, though the lack of citations makes it impossible for readers to find where you got this information. I'm assuming that the author used sources, so why weren't they linked here?

There was one phrase that I just couldn't let go without comment: "naturally occurring toxins (which some research has suggested are equally as potent as synthetic toxins)"

Seriously? Have you ever heard of ricin? Nicotine or caffeine? Plants produce some deadly stuff! Natural toxins are certainly as potent as synthetic toxins, and many natural toxins are MORE potent than many synthetic toxins. A quick and easy primer on Wikipedia (with sources):... more »

2013-05-19 06:22:35 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)

Is the Grass Always Greener? Comparing the Environmental Impact of Conventional, Natural and Grass-Fed Beef Production Systems by Judith L. Capper

@ScienceBasedRD shared this on twitter, and I have a few quick observations...

First, the conclusion seems reasonable - that conventional beef is more resource efficient. While a unit of land under pasture may be less harmed, you get a lot less beef from it. It just takes a lot longer for a grass finished cow to get to market weight - and that means more feed is needed for daily maintenance (the calories all animals burn just to stay alive, move around, etc) plus more waste over the animal's lifetime. 

However, modeling is not easy. The more variables you add the greater the chance that there will be errors. Thankfully modeling environmental impact of cows is not quite as difficult as modeling global climate change, buti... more »

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2013-04-11 14:21:58 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Research has shown that the majority of consumers just have more important things to worry about than GMOs, and that even when there are labels and they state they will avoid GMOs, they still buy foods with GMOs. And this is despite anti GMO folks doing their best to whip up a froth made of bad science and poor information. 

Some argue that this lack of interest is due to a lack of education on the subject. For example:

"a survey conducted last year by the B.C. Growers' Association found that 76 per cent of Canadians feel that the federal government hasn't given them enough information on GM foods. Another nine per cent said they’d never even heard of GM foods."

I can appreciate that people want more information, but this isn't 1980. There is a TON of information available online from governments and universities, as well as companies, NGOs andblogs... more »

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2013-03-13 02:25:16 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)

Wondering about Colony Collapse Disorder? Check out this introduction by +Biofortified's resident entomologist! http://www.biofortified.org/2013/03/colony-collapse-disorder-an-introduction/

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2013-02-26 21:12:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Need moar help!

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has a great website where you can search by county to see what endangered / threatened organisms live there, and it will generate a CSV or Excel doc with the list. This is great, but what if I have a list of 300 counties!?  Right now, I'm doing this by hand, yay :(

There's gotta be a way to make a tool that will take my list of counties as input, then spit out a CSV with the organisms and associated info by county. I'd like to ask FWS for help, but don't even know what terms to use to describe what I'm looking for.

How can I summarize this in a way that a computer scientist / database person will immediately understand?

2013-02-25 21:56:13 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Seeking experienced users of ArcGIS...

I have multiple poly and line layers that represent areas that should be >10 miles away from my points. When I upload a set of points, I have been looking at each point individually and flagging those that are <10mi from the nearest feature(s) for further analysis.

If I could automate the 10mi analysis part that would save me and my team so much time!! But as a new ArcGIS user, I don't even know enough terminology to search for what I want. It seems like the Buffer Point analysis might play a role...

I'd be greatly appreciative of help! Thanks!    #GIS  

2012-12-18 14:04:54 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Is there a way to link multiple gmail adresses to one G+ account?

2012-12-06 21:25:13 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Hey genomicists! I'm trying to find out the current state of genomics in medicine. The AMA frustratingly has no statement on the topic.
Have you seen any papers on clinical use of genomics / genetic testing?
How much is it used?
Is there any evidence that patients are more likely to make behavioral changes in response to learning their genotype than they are without it? 
What about false alarms, as +Mary Mangan mentioned earlier https://plus.google.com/u/0/115686712405727979216/posts/HTLiHq3rbe1

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2012-11-26 23:36:13 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Today, 6 more Notable Women in Science are highlighted at +Double X Science. 

2012-11-26 16:47:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Hoping for some statistics help....

The US Office of Personel Management (OPM) has released the results of the 2012 employee satisfaction survey (files available at the link below). Most of the suevey uses a Likert scale, and they summarize the data as "% of positive responses".

This is the first year that they've asked a demographics question for veterans: "Have you ever served on Active Duty in the Armed Forces?"

OPM has nicely provided summary information for all government employees and I was able to quickly see which questions had a significantly different response for veterans vs non-veterans (http://fedview.opm.gov/2012/Reports/MilComp.sap?AGY=ALL). However, I want to compare veterans vs non-veterans responses for just NIH.

I can get the raw data for NIH from the Public Use Data File (http://fedview.opm.gov/2012/EVSDATA/) where NIH... more »

2012-11-17 21:59:41 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

I just... arg. Don't Hansen et al know that they would be more convincing if they'd stop citing science that was incredibly badly done? I mean, Seralini and Aris? Really?

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2012-11-08 21:37:19 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)

+Mark Bittmann, supporter of Prop 37, has written what I think is a very important paragraph in a place that might not be seen by many (SoCal Public Radio website). Here is what he said:

[Interviewer] "For the Yes-vote campaign on prop 37, do you think they made a mistake in using the method of scaring people about what might be in their food?"

[Bittman] “I don’t know that I think it is a mistake in general to scare people about what’s in their food but I think there is very little evidence that eating foods that contain GMOs is dangerous, it doesn't mean that its not I just don’t think that its something you can categorically say at this point. I do think that GMOs are overrated and I think that they have done more damage to the environmental landscape than they have helped it. Having said all of that I think it was a mistake to sink to the level that the yesvote had ... more »

2012-11-01 04:03:37 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

This website really disturbs me. Using religion to force an agenda is never ok. It is especially not ok when the agenda is filled with misunderstanding and even outright lies about science. Shame on these religious leaders.

via @kellymoltzen on Twitter.

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2012-10-18 20:16:59 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)

You know what really bothers me about GMO labels (both mandatory and voluntary)? Inconsistency. It's inconsistent with regard to genetics, and inconsistent with regard to the millions of other factors that may or may not be interesting and/or biologically significant about the food you eat. 

Let's consider genetics first. The argument given by proponents of Mandatory GMO Labels is that they have a right to know about this genetic change. Yet, they ignore many massive genetic changes that occur naturally and those that are human-induced. As cool as it would be for someone like me, it is probably impractical to have the genome of all the plants and animals that go into our food (not to mention the expressome). Yet, there are major changes that we can indicate that have a far, far greater effect on the content of a food than the insertion of a single gene. Let's consider a few.
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2012-10-13 20:43:56 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)

This article is a conflicted mess.

First, the author cites the Stanford study that says organic make no difference for nutrition, then says it doesn't matter because organic is really all about the environment. He cites a paper that showed organic yields are lower than conventional (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v485/n7397/full/nature11069.html), but this journalist apparently knows better about the subject than the three experts who wrote it because he blows the whole paper off (until the last paragraph). He completely neglected to mention the more recent Oxford review (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479712004264) that also found that organic is not as good for the environment as people believe it to be.

He then proceeds to fall for the fallacy that organic is all small vegetables and conventional is all large grain for feed. He blames everythingbad... more »

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2012-10-05 22:57:05 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

I've mentioned YNAB to more than a few friends in the past few months, with quite a few wanting to know more - so I wanted to write a quick testimonial and attempt to convince everyone to use this amazing software. No I am not being paid for this endorsement, but they should pay me! :)

The Problem

When I was working on my thesis, I spent a lot of money at restaurants and on other things. I was like, "I deserve it, I'm working on my thesis!" Then, I had a rather expensive cross country move. Then, I started my new job and I was all,  "I'm a grown up, I have a real job, so I can spend lots of money!" Except my "real job" actually doesn't pay that well. At all.

Understandably, my spouse wasn't happy with me. He had been attempting to budget for the past few months. Yet, before that, he was all, "I'm in lawsch... more »

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2012-10-03 14:04:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

There are a lot of assertions made by Benbrook that just aren't supported. 

Benbrook says "Applications later in the growing season will be more likely to lead to residues in silage or forage crops. As a result, herbicide residues in milk, meat, or other animal products might become more common."
Citation, please! Also, how is this different than any other farming system that uses herbicides? Consider the example that I pointed out earlier - how can late applications of glyphosate to wheat and barley be blamed on GE when there is no GE wheat or barley?

Benbrook gives us a long list of problems seen with glyphosate (parenthetical insertions are mine): 

"A long list of environmental effects can be triggered, or made worse, by the more intensive herbicide use required to keep pace with weeds in farming systems heavily reliant on herbicide-resistantc... more »

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2012-10-03 13:47:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

I don't know why, but Benbrook uses pounds of active ingredient as his measure of pesticides. This makes no sense at all because we all know that not all pesticides are created equal. The environmental impact of a pound of 2,4-D is not the same as the environmental impact of a pound of glyphosate. His system is like saying that a pound of aspirin is the same as a pound of morphine. Obviously they have very different effects even though the weight is the same! 

I don't personally have the time right now, but it would be very interesting to see Benbrook's analysis redone with a different measure of pesticides. For example, researchers at Cornell developed a system called EIQ or environmental impact quotient (http://www.nysipm.cornell.edu/publications/eiq/). Now, it's not perfect - no system would be. But this system takes into account the following factors:

DT = dermal... more »

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2012-10-03 13:46:00 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Benbrook's thoughts on resistant weeds has some incomplete conclusions, in my humble opinion.

He says that "Glyphosate resistant (GR) weeds were practically unknown before the introduction of RR crops in 1996." This is true (see graph below - glyphosate is a glycine), but how much was glyphosate used before 1996? I'm going to guess not much. Benbrook says it was in use for 20+ years, but how much and on what crops?

As use of a pesticide increases, we see an increase in resistance developing no matter whether we are talking about a herbicide and weeds, a fungicide and fungus, etc. With the advent of glyphosate resistant crops, we saw a huge increase in the use of glyphosate. Of course resistance developed. Benbrook says Monsanto reps claimed resistance wouldn't develop, but of course that's what they would say. It's silly to think resistance wouldn't... more »

2012-10-03 13:15:25 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Reading through Benbrook's latest report on pesticides and found a confusing paragraph. What do you think: 

"In light of its generally favorable environmental and toxicological properties, especially compared to some of the herbicides displaced by glyphosate, the dramatic increase in glyphosate use has likely not markedly increased human health risks. Because glyphosate cannot be sprayed on most actively growing, non-GE plants, residues of glyphosate in food have been rare, at least until the expansion ~ 2006 in the number of late-season glyphosate applications on wheat and barley as a harvest aid and/or to control escaped weeds. Presumably as a result of such uses, 5.6% of 107 bread samples tested in 2010 by the U.K. Food Standards Agency contained glyphosate residues [9]. Three samples had 0.5 parts per million of glyphosate [9], a relatively high level compared to the other... more »

2012-09-03 20:45:38 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

We've all seen claims thrown around that "one pound of beef takes x pounds of grain / y gallons of water". Unfortunately, each group making these statements are using different parameters which means that the numbers lack context and can't be compared. 

In having a nice twitter convo with Jesse ‏@cowgirljesse and Amy ‏@KyFarmersMatter an idea came to me - it may be crazy but I would like to see it through if possible.

What if we made an infographic based on a scale with the two sides balancing? On one side would be all the inputs needed to bring one beef cow to slaughter (grass, grain, hay, medicine, water, etc). On the other side would be all the products that can be made from one beef cow (pounds of meat, bones with note of what they can be used for, hide, etc). 

This sort of information, if we can find an accurate source, would provide clearinfor... more »

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2012-08-22 01:32:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Would you like to see young residents and the elderly interact more in a neighborhood?

My friend has started this drive to get a program started in her neighborhood.  She needs 500 votes and it will be completely paid for by PNC Bank. The project is pretty modest but the results could be immense in this neighborhood.

Let's see what Google+ can do. Please vote and/or share this if you want to help. Only takes a minute or two. 

http://www.pncneighborhoodwishlist.com/preview.aspx?projectID=94

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2012-08-22 01:27:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Too exhausted to blog after writing all day for work and bored with video games, I've been on a huge reading kick lately. Thank goodness for e-books from the local library.

I just finished Raising Stony Mayhall and wanted to encourage others to read it. Zombie stories are all too typical but this one is an entirely fresh take on the undead. I can't say too much without spoiling it - but will emphatically say it is worth a read. Although, the zombie nightmare I had when I was about halfway through wasn't so great. Now I'm off to non-fiction and less scary things for a while :)

2012-08-21 00:58:58 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

I'm open to other ideas, but I see GMO labeling as the same thing as vegetarian labeling (I'm vegetarian and while I'm not religious about it, I do really prefer to avoid animal byproducts). 

On the one hand, we have voluntary negative labels "GMO free" ("organic" also means made without GMOs) and "Vegetarian" or "Vegan". That goes hand in hand with voluntary labels of "contains GMO"  (such as: "engineered to contain more omega3s") or "contains animal products" (such as: "proudly made with American beef"). It's not that there is anything different health-wise about GMOs or animal products, but for various reasons, some people want to avoid them. Voluntary labeling meets that demand and provides choice.

We have existing regulations to ensure these sorts of labels are truthful, and a legals... more »

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2012-08-19 23:53:24 (33 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)

Reason why I don't buy organic #156. 

At the Bethesda Farmers' market this morning, I chose a stand that was selling sweet corn. It was all organic, which I normally don't buy, but the person I was with said that this stand had the best stuff. Their corn was more expensive - $4.50 vs $3 for 6 - but I didn't realize that till after I'd paid. The leaves were nice and green so I was looking forward to some yummy sweet corn. Imagine my surprise when I came home and found this. 

One ear was lovely. One had very poor tip fill. Two had insect damage at the top (one was an earworm and one was a rootworm). Two were badly damaged by insects and had various fungi growing all over the ear, so I threw them away. I do not take risks with aflatoxin, thank you very much. So, for $4.50 I got less than 4 ears of corn.

It tasted ok, but sadly it wasn't even that tastyo... more »

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2012-07-23 20:28:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

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2012-07-13 18:04:49 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)

Beginner Tip - Using the plus & its implications.

I've been using Google+ for a few days and I think it's a game-changer for talented professionals for a handful of reasons. One of the most important of which is the opportunity for one little "@" or "+" character to pull really talented people into real conversations that have a valuable outcome. If you do nothing else with Google+, definitely learn to WISELY use this ONE feature. Basically, type a "+" in front of the name of someone using Google+ to automatically link them to your post and also let your readers find them too.

The ease-of-use, direct connection to experts & talent on a given topic/task, in an ad-hoc & casual environment and the mix of real-time but in-depth information that you can share and others re-share and dissect is definitely a different experience.... more »

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2012-07-13 13:54:34 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)

"Previously isolated gene pools from some of the 25 distinctly different species of apples found throughout the world are now brought in contact with each other and gene transfer among apple species occurs. Agriculturalists are charmed. Naturalists are alarmed." 

In what year did this happen? 2000? 1990? Nope! 8000 BC :D Some things never change. Lovely history of apples from the Midwest Apple Improvement Association: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/maia/history.html 

Wondering what ancient apples look like? Check out a rose bush after the petals have dried. Apples are the same part of the plant as the rose hips. You can see the resemblance in the image below of crab apples. Yes, apples and roses are related. They're both members of the family Rosaceae.

Now, think about the genetic and physiological changes that had to happen, all driven by humaninte... more »

2012-07-13 13:17:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Trying to figure out how to start a shared circle for discussion of how to conduct targeted science communication for thought leaders such as Michel Pollan and Mark Bittman.

2012-06-22 15:37:10 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)

#sciencegirlthing  is pretty horrible, but I wanted to offer an anecdote as a caution against assuming it's all bad.

After the USA Science and Engineering Festival (Washington DC in April), I got on the metro and found myself sitting across from a little girl age 7 or so with her dad. Right before the doors close, in walks a Science Cheerleader. The girl's face lit up with a huge smile.

For about a 10 minute metro ride, the two discussed the science experiments that they had conducted at the festival, the cheerleader talked about her day job as a scientist, the girl talked about how she liked doing science at school... it was just so awesome how excited the girl was about science. I don't think cheerleading ever came up, but it was an effective icebreaker.

Would I have been as compelling a role model to the girl, in my plain jeans and top? Maybe. But thati... more »

2012-06-20 22:15:45 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

A question from Twitter: do you buy organic?
Short answer: no. But as with everything with me, it's complicated/nuanced.

I don't have a problem with organic per se. Farmers seeking out methods that are better for the environment and choosing to sacrifice a little yield in order to grow better tasting varieties is pretty fabulous, and I'm glad we have a label that allows consumers to seek that out. Unfortunately, what happens in practice doesn't match that fantasy. Are industrial organic farms actually better for the environment, for farm workers, for consumers? Maybe in some cases, and maybe not in others. Then we have the issues of yield to deal with - do we really want to use more land to produce less food, even if it is better food? Organic encourages an inflexible system that arbitrarily avoids synthetic inputs even when we know the synthetic is safer than or at leaste... more »

2012-06-19 18:59:08 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

Dear GMO labeling proponents,
Everyone would be a lot more amenable to mandatory GMO labeling if you'd focus on the science and stop calling anyone who disagrees with you a shill. Avoiding making things up would be nice too. 
Love,
One genetic engineer

2012-06-13 19:14:15 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)

Regarding biotechnology, the view of so many (too many) people seems to go like this*:

  There isn't enough research! I know this because I looked on random homeopathic website x and on mainstream news y! I want to run around and talk about how bad GMOs are but I can't be bothered to look at the primary literature or to talk to a scientist or farmer unless they already share my POV!

  Oh, all that research you just showed me? It's all compromised because it's industry funded. Oh, it's not all industry funded? Well, it's compromised because industry funded a building two blocks away from where that one scientist worked. And the rest is compromised because all the scientists want to get a job with Monsanto someday so they all make things up to satisfy their future corporate masters.

  Anyway, we need long term studies! Oh, those multi generationstu... more »

2012-06-12 13:14:57 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

This post is in response to @permagriculture's question" "In your view has any genetic material from #GM Soya found it's way into organic crops?"

The heirloom tomato farmer must keep unwanted pollen from non-heirloom tomatoes from his flowers if he wants to collect the seed for next year. The sweet corn farmer must keep  unwanted pollen from field corn from her silks if she wants her corn to remain sweet. The mandarin orange farmer must keep all pollen away from his flowers if he wants to get the highest price for seedless fruit. Gene flow is a potential problem for any farmer with a specialty crop.

The problem of gene flow and pollen "contamination" is an old problem that exists regardless of genetic engineering. Yes, I am sure there has been some pollen from GM soy that has pollinated organic soy, although without seeing any evidence to theco... more »

2012-06-11 16:10:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Studies show farm workers are at high risk for pesticide-related health problems. You't think people would campaign for increased personal protective equipment (PPE) and education for workers. Instead, they winge about trace residues on produce that are below toxic levels by a factor of 10 to 100. To be honest, I think it is narrow minded and selfish to bring up a faux problem and ignore the real problem.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18033725
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21462024

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2012-06-08 21:07:13 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 2 +1s)

Attention everyone - if you support publicly funded research and think a plant scientist should be allowed to continue a 30 year research project on fungus resistant olive trees, please check out the post below and sign the petition.

Or, if you're in a hurry, just sign the petition - http://www.biofortified.org/site-map/dontdestroyresearch-italy/

Thank you for taking a moment to support science! 

2012-06-07 16:15:12 (28 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

NIH's definition of 'GMO' is.... well, interesting. Check out the last clause.

"Genetically modified organisms are those in which mutations have been induced by chemicals, irradiation, transposons or transgenesis (e.g., knockouts and injection of DNA into blastocysts) or those in which spontaneous mutations have occurred. "

From the NIH Policy for Sharing Model Organisms.

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2012-06-01 13:19:19 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Rebecca Nisbet wrote a thought provoking post about the protest at Rothamsted. I meant to write a short comment but this came out:

It definitely does seem that the real issue at the root of the "GMO debate" is corporate control of the food supply. The subject is so complex that people definitely use the science as a scapegoat. 

I too feel a bit apprehensive about things for the public good being in the hands of corporations. Schools, police, and fire fighting are all public organizations for the public good. In a lot of ways, I think medicine should be the same way. 

Food is a lot more complicated. On the one hand, food is a necessary public good. We all need to eat to live - surely a more basic need than even safety, fire control, or education. However, food is so much more than sustenance. Food is also something to be bought and sold just like any other goods... more »

2012-05-31 17:49:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Suddenly illustrated

For her senior thesis communication designer Julia Gordon (at Washington University in St. Louis) hauled off and richly illustrated the GMO chapter from my book, Whole Earth Discipline. One bonus is that her diagrams bring the data from my 2009 book up to 2012.

If you peruse her version, she might appreciate your comment here. On the link below, look for the project on the top left of her home page, titled “Green Genes.“

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2012-05-30 19:55:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Need some space to deconstruct this tweet: "NIH links say health risk with Bt corn. Monsanto says no. Then risk with all GMOs."

I don't know if NIH (or any of the 27 institutes and centers) has any statements on Bt the protein. I tried a few quick searches, and came up with a ton of information on BT (blood transfusions) and a lot of links to papers about Bt hosted on NCBI (which is a database of literature that does not judge accuracy of the content). Maybe there is something somewhere that NIH has said on the matter.

Regardless, we need to deconstruct the word risk. Water carries some health risk. It may be contaminated with pathogens or some harmful chemicals. I may not drink enough or drink too much. That doesn't mean water is harmful. When a risk is identified, it can often be mitigated, and in any case always needs to be put into context with other risks.... more »

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2012-05-30 14:53:08 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

As we've seen so clearly with the recent "Take the Flour Back" situation in England, rational discussion about agriculture is almost impossible. How has it gotten so bad? Here's how I see it:

Step 1) Organic and/or anti biotech advocacy organizations knowingly or unknowingly spread serious misinformation about biotechnology, pesticides, and non-organic agriculture in general. I don't want to be cynical, but I can't help but wonder how much of the misinformation is knowingly spread because the more fear they spread, the more supporters and donations the advocacy groups get, and the more sales the organic and "natural" products companies get, and the companies sponsor the advocacy groups in a nice little circle.

Step 2) Journalists and activists grab onto that misinformation and perpetuate it in written and spoken form, occasionally adding additional... more »

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2012-05-30 02:02:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

There's a lot of worry out there about allergens potentially arising from biotechnology. The worry seems to be twofold: 1) that the "new" protein in the biotech crop itself will be an allergen, and 2) that the gene insertion process may somehow change the genetics of the crop to create new allergens.

1) Each "new" protein is very carefully checked in multiple ways. First, genes from known allergens are not used (there was an example where a gene from Brazil nut was used to boost protein balance in corn, but since it was found to be allergenic, the project was trashed). Even before transformation, the gene and the protein sequence are checked against a database of known all known allergens. The purified protein is tested for allergenicity in a variety of test tube and animal tests. Once transformed plants are grown, the whole food is tested for allergenicity and safety via... more »

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2012-05-27 16:27:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

I fully agree that there are many issues surrounding biotechnology that can't be addressed by science (industrialization, capitalism, monocultures, patents, and a number of other issues). Scientists should consider these as part of the broader landscape in which their research may eventually be released, and should address them in conversations. It is good that activists bring up these issues for public debate.

There are three problems with this, though.

1) Scientists working on biotechnology aren't lawyers or policy makers. They don't have the expertise and background information needed to really talk about these things. The best they can do is express their opinions on these subjects - and many do. This doesn't seem to be enough to satisfy activists, who usually aren't lawyers or policy makers either, who don't have the expertise or background to understand... more »

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2012-05-15 20:11:28 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

There have been lots of repeated tweets about the takeover of land grants by Monsanto today. While there is more private funding in academia than I'd like, it's hardly as bad as the anti-Monsanto folks claim. Let's look at Iowa State.

In 2011, Iowa State got $190 million from federal sources, another $32 million from state, city, and local government, and $16 million from other universities and colleges (total of $238 million). $43 million came from corporations, and that's all corporations combined (not just Monsanto). Another $58 million came from non-profits of various types.

At this website you can look month by month at the funding received from each individual agency or company, with the amount and project information: http://www.vpresearch.iastate.edu/researcher/sponfund/ Unfortunately, they don't have it divided by year at that level of detail but you can... more »

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2012-05-01 16:22:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

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