Ernest Hemingway once said, “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” I can only assume that Hemingway meant that our thoughts and our words should not be internalized. Rather, they need to be mobilized in an artful, meaningful way and shared with others.
For the past several years, this blog has become a place-keeper for my musings around work and research. It has also become a forum for many personal anecdotes (more to come); as a way to share my life experiences with others.
Welcome to the architecture! Feel free to knock on doors, roam the rooms, dust the shelves, and help me to re-arrange my mental furniture!
- Storytelling and Science Communication (June 23, 2015)
- Fast Information Nation? The social costs of our highly connected world (May 4, 2015)
- The Closer You Get … The fear and disgust response (April 30, 2015)
- Self-Doubt and the Fine Art of Solution Aversion (April 15, 2015)
- GMOs and Public Perceptions: Part 1-5
Best of Guest (Blogs), Mainstream Articles & Interviews
- “Storytelling 2.0: the next generation in outreach and science communication.” SAIFood Blog. May, 2017
- “Why you should avoid predatory journals, welcome rigorous peer review.” Forbes. co-authored with John Vicini. June, 2016.
- “Young Mothers Prove Powerful in the Food Safety Debate” Western Producer. co-authored with Sarah Schultz. March, 2014
- “How to answer those tough agricultural questions from your urban neighbours.” Alberta Farmer. Interview with Alexis Kienlen. February 26, 2014
- “Connect with Consumers on Social Media to Dispel Ag Myths.” Western Producer. February 21, 2014
- “Study Linking GM and Tumours Retracted.” Portage Online. Interview with Kelvin Heppner. December 3, 2013
- “No Room in Science for Provocateurs.” Western Producer. November 22, 2013
- “Labels and other ‘Krafty’ Stuff,” Scientific American Blogs, September 5, 2013
- “What’s in a GMO Label?,” Independent Women’s Forum, August 29th, 2013
- “10 ‘reasoned’ responses to 10 reasons we don’t need GMOs,” AgWest Blog, May 15, 2013
- “Why GMO Myths are So Appealing and Powerful”, Discover Mag Blogs, May 30, 2013
- “Seed Rights vs Patent Protection.” Western Producer. May 1, 2013
- “Monsanto Court Case not about the Save-the-Seed Myth.” Winnipeg Free Press. February 23, 2013
- “You Can Eat Your Bugs and Your Toxins.” Western Producer. November 21, 2012
- “Organic not safer than conventional” Western Producer. co-authored with Robert Wager (Vancouver Island University), January 6, 2012
From the Blog Archives:
- GMOs and Public Perceptions (December 2013). Five part series exploring cognitive behaviors and perceptions of genetically modified organisms.
- Wizardry REPRISED/REPOSTED (October 17 2012): The Wizardry of ‘Oz’ – a peek behind the curtain of the anti-GM movement – lots of celebrities, lots of politics and lots of woo-woo science behind the scenes of Dr. Oz (December 10, 2010)
- Before you decide to egg-liminate from your diet, read this (August 2012) – response to“Egg yolks are as bad for you as cigarettes”
- Dear Celebrity (April 2013) – challenging the PETA/Hollywood connection
- Organic not safer than conventional (March 2012) – response to media hype around organics/production
- Fear profiteering = big profit! – “…the press does not print “There was no wolf, after all” stories when alarms are shown to be false or overblown. The press and public remember the “Wolf!” story.” (April 2011)
- Questions or concerns about feedlots? – one vegan’s account of a US feedlot (June 2010)
- Ever heard of Food Inc.? – addressing the misinformation outlined in the documentary Food Inc. (April 2010)
- Organic doesn’t necessarily mean pesticide free Some excerpts from Alex Avery’s work on ag production methods (March 2010)
- Dear Pam (content warning: extreme sarcasm)
- Flores LaDue – First Lady of the Stampede
- On Grief: From ‘b’ to ‘c’ to ‘eff’ to ‘Why’? AND Into that good night…
- And… Cuddles the Cow: crisis meets jurisdiction in three hilarious acts (July 2009)
- Yeah, well – – – Conventional vs GE vs Organic (September 2010)
Select Guest Blogs:
- Why GMO Myths are so Appealing and Powerful, Collide-a-Scape, Discover Magazine Blog, May 30, 2013
- Agriculture Every Day, Huffington Post Alberta, April 8, 2013
- Interest Groups Turn Supreme Court Case into a ‘Save the Seeds’ Myth, AgWest Bio Inc., March 1, 2013
- The Roles of ‘Rationality’, ‘Toxicity’ and ‘Partisanship’ in Interpreting Science Information, Biofortified, August 18, 2012.
- Before you decide to egg-liminate from your diet, read this, Realagriculture, August 15, 2012.
- From biocomposites to blush: how ag meets our daily needs in non-food ways AgWest Bio Blog, April 24, 2012
- Apathy & Online Activism: an impetus for science & science communication? AgWest Bio Blog, January 26, 2012
- How are you going? Report from Crop Update, Perth, Australia, Realagriculture, February 23, 2011
- Maintaining scientific integrity in Canadian regulatory protocols: Using strategic thinking to facilitate innovation and enhance engagement and transparency, Policy Brief #10. Genome Canada. May 2015. Co-authored with Michele Mastroeni and Lisa Clark.
- Scientific Evidence and Policy, May 2013
- Fifty Shades of Hype: myths, the media and misperceptions, March 1, 2013
- I smell a rat: Seralini, poor peer review and media manipulation, September 20, 2012
- Is Science Missing the Boat? Social media strategy is a must for science advocates, January 20, 2011
- The title says it all – – –The Wizardry of ‘Oz’ – a peek behind the curtain of the anti-GM movement, December 10, 2010
- When Bad Science Gets Good Legs, online activism, social media and poor peer review:
- Online Anti-technology Networks & Issue Advocacy
- A bit of research I am working on – – – Triffid Flax: The Triffid Flax Story: growers’ perspective (plus more), 2012
Media photos courtesy of Ellen Pruden with the Manitoba Canola Growers Association.
*This blog is and always has been a personal channel of expression for me and I am solely responsible for its content. It does not represent official communications from my employer, Monsanto Company, or any other organization. The views expressed in the body of the entries or in comments may not necessarily reflect my views, those of the company or of anyone else. Posts made prior to September 29, 2014 were made when I was either an independent researcher/public speaker or an academic, employed by the University of Saskatchewan.