Desperation in the anti-GMO cult

It was just a matter of time before the antis found a "smoking gun" to bring down their worst nightmare, the affable and effective science communicator Dr. Kevin Folta. Gary Ruskin, hired* hit man for the anti-gmo and anti-vax Organic Consumers Association filed all kinds of FOIAs to uncover the nefarious links between university scientists …

The return of the Contrarian

So much has happened in the last seven months in the GMO world. My last post was in July 2014 when I wound up in the hospital. Thanks, Monsanto. Details aren't necessary, but I had my tablet with me and was keeping up with the news, GMO and otherwise. I asked my friend Maria to bring my laptop so I could write this blog and she asked, "Why?" Her…

Anti-GMO goes bananas

The latest nonsense emanating from the Anti camp is this from our friends at GMOFreeUSA. The stupidity is astounding. Wait. Aren't these the same folks who have been screaming there have been no studies of GMOs and their effect on humans? Anti-GMO: No testing of safety on humans! GMO banana: Okay. Human testing. Anti-GMO: OMG! Testi…

My father was a pain in my ass, but a great guy.

I just accidentally came across this in one of my folders that I don't remember writing. Apparently I wrote in 2010 and didn't post it. So, as it's Fathers Day... The old man was a pain in the ass. You couldn't get away with anything. I always wanted the dad that would cry, “Not my son!” when you got into trouble. I got the, “That sounds l…

Fish genes in my tomato? Dumbass.

You hear this nonsense over and over. They're putting genes from unrelated species into GMOs. This very idea shows how ignorant the anti-gmo activists are when it comes to science and DNA. What this post is about is that you don't have to be a squint to understand the science. I'm not a scientist and I'll admit that before I started learning abo…

Five versions of New York City

This is off topic, but it's something that is near and dear to my heart. So,what the hell?  Back in the day, many of us in the hinterlands dreamed of moving to NYC. It was a romantized vision, but a true one. We had this idea we could leave it all behind and not so much re-invent ourselves, but become a part of what was NEW YORK CITY!  These day…

Organickers/Anti-GMO and pesticides: Fear vs. reality

One of the biggest whines of the Organickers and Antis, (besides take me to Portland)  is how GMO and conventional farming douses, drenches, drowns, their crops in pesticides. And like all their other imaginary facts, this one is imaginary as well; like the idea that organic farming uses no toxic pesticides A recent post on the Genetic Literac…

Monanto shill = intellectually bankrupt.

It used to be "Monsanto Shill"was an exclusive club. Now it seems that anyone who doesn't see GMOs as the worst thing to happen since Justin Bieber are on the payroll. It's really an intellectually bankrupt accusation. Just go to any comment board, including this one and you see it. I did a quick search in quote for "Monsanto shill" and got 14,0…

The “Right to Be Afraid of Things You Don’t Understand” bill introduced in U.S. Senate

Senator Diane Feinstein introduced a companion bill to the Senate's GMO labeling bill today called “The Right to Be Afraid of Things You Don't Understand Act.” In a press conference announcing the bill, Feinstein said Labeling foods that contain GMO ingredients doesn't go far enough. There are many things in today's modern world that can seem …

Scientifically Illiterate Hall of Shame inducts CA State Senator Noreen Evans

Our latest induction to the Scientifically Illiterate Hall Of Shame (SIHS) is California State Senator Noreen Evans. Evans introduced a GMO labeling law in California and this is her reasoning according to the Press Democrat website The Santa Rosa Democrat says genetically modified organisms have been linked to health problems ranging from allergi…