Genetically Modified Foods Revisited: Skeptically Speaking

This is a great hour of talking about GMOs. The guests are who I call the Transgenic Trio:  Kevin Folta, Anastasia Bodnar and Karl Haro von Mogel. They've been out in front of the GM issue, combating the misinformation that is being peddled by anti-GMO crackpots. They're smart, funny and interesting. Spare an hour and give it a listen: Skepticall…

The zany and madcap world of the GMO labeling crowd

The GMO labeling crowd seems to be quite the wacky bunch.  Out in front you have a yogic flying dance teacher, a snake-oil salesman, a professional protester, and an alternative  health knucklehead who claims GMOs are the equivalent of Zyklon B. Oh, and GMOs are the new thalidomide as well. All are in the anti-vaccine camp and all of them are ant…

Dr. Oz/Jeffrey Smith Smackdown by Bruce Chassy

I've been a big detractor of fraud Jeffrey Smith on this blog for quite a while. He is a fraud and a charlatan with no scientific credentials who has been given credibility by State legislatures and the media as an expert on GMOs. He spouts nonsense. So, it was heartening to see this. It is a link via Pamela Ronald via ScienceBlogs When an alert c…

Support for California GMO labeling law in free fall

Recently, the big guys opposing Prop. 37  started pouring their millions into television ads in an effort to sway public opinion and defeat the measure.  Up until the ads started running, all polls led to an overwhelming win for the labeling law. Now the gap has tightened up. The latest polls say that support has declined in the last two weeks, f…

Alert: Skeptically Speaking live podcast on GMOs today at 6 pm MT

"This week, we’ll spend the hour talking about genetically modified foods, that are causing conversation among scientists, lawmakers and the public. Horticulture professor Kevin Folta returns to the show, along with Karl Haro von Mogel and Anastasia Bodnar, co-editors of Biofortified.org. They’ll give us the scientific perspective on the benef…

Deconstructing Jeffrey Smith: Yogic flyer, dance teacher and GMO expert

I've written about self-proclaimed GMO expert Jeffrey Smith several times. I've pointed out what a fraud and charlatan he is. He heads a questionable organization called the Institute for Responsible Technology. Here is what I've written about him in the past: Smith is the media’s go-to-guy for anti-GM information. He even has a blog on the Huffi…

Anti-GMO activists react to GMO experts with claims of bias.

Anti-GMO activists have finally showed themselves for the dolts they are. I just came across this post on the Red, Green and Blue website. (via the activist site GM Watch) The post, Yes, scientists are attacking the latest Monsanto study – but not because of the science seeks to discredit the scientists quoted in the Science Media Centre's (SMC) …