Need some good resources to help dispel or navigate through some of that online (mis)information on GMOs? Check out this outstanding list of resources compiled by Diva Eytcheson. :O) And… another amazing collection of GMO related information/artefacts on DangerousTalk.net.
Also, there is a relatively new site (2015) that provides a pretty fair assessment of online media sources. This is a great help when assessing the validity of claims made out there #TheMoreYouKnow. It’s Media Bias and Fact Check. The organization is also very quick to respond to evaluations of content, its organization, etc.
Some of my favourite *go-to* blogs, online sources and experts (in alphabetical order):
- Academics Review – Testing popular claims against peer reviewed science
- AgriBiotech – University of California’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- Applied Mythology What if much that you think you know about agriculture, farming and food isn’t actually true? What if there are “myths” that have been intentionally and mostly unintentionally spread about these issues? What if the truth about these issues matters for the future of humanity? That is what this blog is about.
- Becca Harrison – Cornell University student and great writer/journalist hosts a blog where she tackles a number of issues around GMOs while reporting on happenings and outcomes of Prof. Herring’s Cornell course: : The GMO Debate and Society (Part I); Global Rifts over Biotechnology (Part II); What is a GMO? (Part III)
- Biofortified – stronger plants, stronger science, stronger communication Providing factual information and fostering discussion about agriculture, especially plant genetics and genetic engineering.
- Cornell Alliance for Science: “…seeks to promote access to scientific innovation as a means of enhancing food security, improving environmental sustainability and raising the quality of life globally”
- Council for Biotechnology Information – founded in 2000, CBI’s mandate has been dedicated to presenting science-based information to the public.
- Crop Genetics Innovation and Scientific Literacy – carries out exploratory research to accelerate gene discovery in the world’s most important staple food crops, establishes partnerships in the interest of improving food security in the developing world, and enables scientists to better communicate their research results to the public.
- Genetic Literacy Project – where science trumps ideology. See this October 8, 2013 post by JoAnna Wendel “GM foods among most analyzed subject in science“
- Genetic Maize (blog by Anastasia Bodnar) – dispels myths about GMOs and other science topics
- GMO Crops (mis)information Site – Providing centralized information resources on GMO crops
- GMO Pundit a.k.a. David Tribe Helping readers navigate the confusing myths of modern biology
- Kevin Folta’s “Illumination” – An old adage says, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. Kevin thinks we better do both.
- Science 2.0 – This site includes everything ‘science’ – not to mention great pieces by Hank Campbell (co-author of Science Left Behind)
- Science-Based Medicine Exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine
- Sense about Science – equipping people to make sense of science and scientific evidence. Check out the Plant Science Expert Panel, ask your questions!
- Skeptical Raptor enjoys “the jungles of the internet, where junk science, pseudoscience, myths, logical fallacies, and outright lies survive unchecked.” SR is snarky and clever. Nice combination for us skeptics, IMHO.
- Tomorrow’s Table – Dr. Pam Ronald’s blog on genetics, food and farming Pamela Ronald is Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis, where she studies the role that genes play in a plant’s response to its environment. Her laboratory has genetically engineered rice for resistance to diseases and flooding, both of which are serious problems of rice crops in Asia and Africa. Ronald is co-author with her husband, an organic farmer.
- University of California Biotech – UCBiotech
- Vegan GMO – a vegan’s rational approach to transgenic technology (among the numerous virtues of the site, provides a list of resources on the Seralini study)
Do you get confused about the different organizations that are out there and how to determine which are reliable and evidence-based and which aren’t? You are not alone.
- Here is a “Guide to Quackery“; it includes questions to ask and observations to make that will help you to muddle through some of the (mis)information.
- And check out GMO SkeptiForum’s Guide to Looking Smart on the Online: how to evaluate what you see and read on the internet…the ultimate debunking guide!
Here are a few ‘new and important narratives’ in the whole GMO debate:
- Sleuth for Health: Getting to the truth about GMOs – – – check out Julee’s new series on the benevolent side of GMOs (BTW – Julee has kept ALL of her blog entries since before she turned the page in favour of GMOs – – – interesting contrasts there!)
- Mark Lynas: former Greenpeace anti-GM activist, speaker and author (The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans 2011; High Tide: News from a warming world (2004); Six Degrees: Our future on a hotter planet (2007))
- Random Rationality: writer, entrepreneur, photographer, explorer, and idiot (his words, not mine), Fourat (once avid anti-GMO-er) talks GMOs in a series he writes
- One Hundred Meals: Malloy (culinary expert, foodie) and Kessler (food and farm fan) approach farming, food and production in a well-balanced way – – –
- And check out Arctic Apples Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF)- a Canadian company that has developed a non-browning apple! Also, watch OSF President Neal Carter’s TEDTalk on the benefit of ag biotech!
- Rachael Ludwick (Blog: Fancy Beans) shares the books that she read that changed her mind about GE and GMOs
WANNA DIALOGUE? I mean REALLY dialogue?
Then check out GMO SkeptiForum, a online Facebook forum that critically examines the issues (science, policy, ethics, legal, etc) around GMOs. The Forum is extremely well-moderated and is OPEN to anyone willing to engage in rational and reasoned discussions.
Studies that attest to the safety of GE crops and GM foods:
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Statement by the AAAS Board of Directors on Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods (2012)
- American Medical Association (AMA) Report on Labeling of Bioengineered Foods(2012)
- European Commission report: A decade of EU-funded GMO research (2001-2010)(2010)
- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report. Safety and nutritional assessment of GM plants and derived food and feed: The role of animal feeding trials (2008)
- Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Expert Report: Biotechnology and Foods (2000)
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/United Nations (UN) Report: The State of Food and Agriculture 2003-2004: Agricultural Biotechnology Meeting the Needs of the Poor? (2004)
- Nicolia A, Manzo A, Veronesi F, Rosellini D. An overview of the last 10 years of genetically engineered crop safety research. Crit Rev Biotechnol. 2013 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24041244. Impact factor=5.095.
- National Research Council/U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on the Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods: Approaches to Assessing Unintended Health Effects (2004)
- National Research Council/U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on the Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States(2010)
- Society of Toxicology (SOT) Position Paper: The Safety of Genetically Modified Foods Produced through Biotechnology (2002)
- World Health Organization (WHO). Modern food biotechnology, human health and development: an evidence-based study (2005)
Ag and Food-related blogs and sites
Got questions about agriculture and farming? Ask any one of the producers/growers below (*) questions – they will answer!
- *Advocates for Agriculture: Troy and Stacy Hadrick are fifth generation United States ranchers from north central South Dakota
- Alliance for Food and Farming – Here you will find information on a host of issues that often appear in the news and call into question the safety of the U.S. food supply. What is the real story? Who can you turn to for expert advice?
- Agriculture Proud – Food and Farming with a young cattleman, Ryan Goodman
- Agriculture More than Ever! – Canadian blog that supports Canadian farmers and tells Canadian stories!
- Best Food Facts – objective, trustworthy and accurate information directly from the experts…helping you make informed decisions
- Cause Matters – Michele Payne-Knoper works to connect the farm gate to consumer plate through programs in agricultural advocacy, social media strategy, the translation of farm to food and community engagement
- A Colorful Adventure – by Janice Person (a cotton junkie)
- City Lights, Country Nights and the Journey In Between – Kelly Rivard
- Crop Life Canada – trade association representing the manufacturers, developers and distributors of plant science technologies
- Eatocracy (CNN)
- *The Fanning Mill – Rob Wallbridge is a father, farmer, extensionist, writer, speaker, rabble-rouser. Advocate for high-quality organic food & informed communities in agriculture & beyond
- Fancy Beans – a witty and well-informed blog by Rachel Ludwick
- *The Farmer’s Life – Brian Scott / check out his piece on Eatocracy (CNN site) entitled: “My family farm isn’t under corporate control!“
- Food & Farming Canada
- *Jeff Fowle’s “Common Sense Agriculture” A rancher’s perspective on food, agriculture, politics and more!
- Just Farmers: Growing conversations, harvesting communities
- Genetic Maize (blog by Anastasia Bodnar) – dispels myths about GMOs and other science topics
- *Nurse Loves Farmer – great blog by mom, nurse and wife of a Canadian farmer, Sarah Schultz
- One Hundred Meals – Ellen Malloy and Grant Kessler explore the complexities of the agri-food system
- Shaun Haney’s Realagriculture
- Starving off the Land: figuring out first-hand food – Tamar Haspel (also writes a food and science column “Unearthed” for the Washington Post)
- US Farmers’ and Ranchers’ Alliance’s Food Source
- *Zweber Farms – “…dedicated to raising sustainable, humane and local meat, eggs and milk for the health of your family” – Emily has a great series on ‘organic mythbusters‘ worth checking out