Viewpoint: Organic food fight over hydroponics about money—and that's how farming should be

Viewpoint: Organic food fight over hydroponics about money—and that’s how farming should be

Sustainable farming can’t actually be sustainable if farmers can’t make money doing it. So there’s a certain irony in the organic ...
Are we on the brink of another smallpox outbreak?

Are we on the brink of another smallpox outbreak?

[Editor's note: Gregory Koblentz is a professor and director of the Biodefense Graduate Program at the Schar School of Policy and ...
University of Florida's Kevin Folta's unique libel suit against New York Times faces long odds

University of Florida’s Kevin Folta’s unique libel suit against New York Times faces long odds

A pro-GMO professor, University of Florida plant scientist, Kevin Folta  who claims he has been defamed by the New York Times’ ...
Conservation biology, ideology and the dangers of censorship

Conservation biology, ideology and the dangers of censorship

If conservation science is in service to an agenda, then it seems inevitable that research would at times be viewed ...
Opinion: Food Evolution movie gets science right—but that won't likely convince 'GMO-averse people'

Opinion: Food Evolution movie gets science right—but that won’t likely convince ‘GMO-averse people’

[Editor's note: Keith Kloor is a freelance writer and adjunct journalism lecturer at New York University.] Unfortunately, there’s no good ...
Feeding the world: Will GMO seeds rescue yields as global climates dry and heat up?

Feeding the world: Will GMO seeds rescue yields as global climates dry and heat up?

Take the argument that more heat- and drought-resistant seeds are what’s needed to cope with climate change. The good people ...
Synthetic biology cheat sheet: Key players, big debates and lingo you should know

Synthetic biology cheat sheet: Key players, big debates and lingo you should know

Key Players J. Craig Venter: After playing an important role in early efforts to sequence the human genome, Venter now ...
Open source science or intellectual property: Should we allow patenting of synbio organisms?

Open source science or intellectual property: Should we allow patenting of synbio organisms?

[S]ynthetic biology...incorporates disparate disciplines like engineering, computer science, biotechnology, and molecular biology...[i]nstead of using engineering’s discrete modules of code, transistors, ...
Queer theory and biology: Should 'relatedness' be defined only by blood and genes?

Queer theory and biology: Should ‘relatedness’ be defined only by blood and genes?

Biological taxonomy, the study and sorting of how different organisms are related to one another, has for centuries incorporated novelty ...
Uncertain US laws and regulations surround DIY synthetic biology

Uncertain US laws and regulations surround DIY synthetic biology

At the moment, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the regulation of the DIY biology movement. DIY biologists, a ...
Is the US military in danger of using synthetic biology to 'weaponize the environment'?

Is the US military in danger of using synthetic biology to ‘weaponize the environment’?

In recent years... the military—mostly under the umbrella of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—has created a new suite of ...
Is there hope for diabetes cure through synthetic biology?

Is there hope for diabetes cure through synthetic biology?

Type 1 diabetes is a discouraging disease. Despite the availability of synthetic insulin and increasingly sophisticated monitoring technology, it’s still ...
Are you 'anti-science' if you resist biotechnology on political or economic grounds?

Are you ‘anti-science’ if you resist biotechnology on political or economic grounds?

[Editor's note: Tess Doezema is a doctoral student at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona ...
Revamping 'woefully out of date' biotech regulations easier said than done

Revamping ‘woefully out of date’ biotech regulations easier said than done

Depending on whom you talk to, the CRISPR’d mushroom isn’t strictly defined as synthetic biology. Still, genetic technology exists on ...
Trump's deregulation push could undermine trust in safety of our food system

Trump’s deregulation push could undermine trust in safety of our food system

Pro-agriculture conservatives seem to be welcoming Trump’s push for deregulation because they felt Obama-era policies on GMOs and school lunch ...
What is synthetic biology?

What is synthetic biology?

[Synthetic biology is] a discipline that brings together the insights and methodologies of computer science; engineering; and, of course, biology ...
Addition of Hawaiian bees to endangered species list unrelated to honey bees

Addition of Hawaiian bees to endangered species list unrelated to honey bees

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added 49 species of plants and animals to the endangered species list on [Sept ...

Online marketers target food stamp recipients, selling high-priced ‘organic and natural’ junk food

The federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.. offers nutrition assistance to...low income Americans.... SNAP helps people afford food at stores and ...
Can food makers label GMO products with pride?

Can food makers label GMO products with pride?

. . . . [T]he maker of Soylent, doubled down on its pro–GMO stance with the blog post “Proudly Made With ...

Despite scare reports, honey bee populations not declining

. . . .Ask people on the street if they’re aware of this great bee die-off, and if they’re regular ...

Patagonia’s film about sustainable food avoids discussion of GMO solutions

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Outdoor gear giant Patagonia ...

How scientists can use celebrity culture to engage public

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. [Dr. Mehmet Oz and ...

Attention shifts to Zika despite Ebola’s lingering and deadly presence

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. We did not beat ...
Why labeling food "natural" or "GMO" is meaningless, deceives consumers

Why labeling food “natural” or “GMO” is meaningless, deceives consumers

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The Federal Food and ...

Cancer research not exempt from science’s reproducibility problem

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The U.S. government spends ...
Why GMO labels should be voluntary like Kosher labels

Why GMO labels should be voluntary like Kosher labels

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. . . . .If ...

Canada’s sperm donor drought forcing consumers to look south of the border

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. There’s a sperm crisis ...

Autism risk from antipsychotics during pregnancy misreported, hyped by media

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The alarm has been ...