Credible sources

Some of my favourite *go-to* blogs, online sources and experts (in alphabetical order):

  • 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.
  • Biology Fortified – 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”
  • 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.
  • 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

Confused by reams of information out there? Can’t figure out what’s BS and what isn’t? You are not alone.  

Here are a few ‘new and important narratives’ in the whole GMO debate:

  • 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); Seeds of Science (2018)) 
  • 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!
  • Devang Mehta and Massive Science. University of Alberta, Genomics.

WANNA DIALOGUE? I mean REALLY dialogue?

Check out GMO SkeptiForum, a online Facebook forum that critically examines the issues (science, policy, ethics, legal, etc) around GMOs.  

Also, Food and Farm Discussion Lab is a good forum (on Facebook) for dialoguing and debating the current issues in farm and food production.

Studies that attest to the safety of GE crops and GM foods:

Ag and Food-related blogs and sites

Got questions about agriculture and farming? Ask any one of the producers/growers/communicators below (*) questions – they will answer!

6 thoughts on “Credible sources

  1. Thanks for this, it will keep me going for the rest of my life! Can you tell me if any of these are Australian, or you know of any Australian blogs or articles on these topics?

    • Apologies for the delayed response. I can’t really remember which, if any, are Austrlian-based. But it might be a good idea for me to restructure these sources by region (thanks for the nudge).

      Cami