Archives for October, 2009

We pharyngulated ‘em

Frank N. Foods reports that Biofortified, a science-based blog about plant genetics, gathered more votes than the closest challenger on the changemaker “GMO risk or rescue” competition by a 2-to-1 margin. How did this happen? The science blogging community Pharyngulated the competition thanks to a post by PZ Myers. When the opposition protested in a…

Sex and its unintended consequences

When it comes to plants, there can be no gene flow without two compatible partners. And most plants are quite choosy, preferring a close relative rather than someone outside its family. Pollen travels in gusts of wind, on the pollen basket of bees, as cargo of flies or in the hands of human plant breeders.…

Anti-vaccine, anti-Science?

A recent article in the New York Times indicates that the anti-vaccinators are taking advantage of the H1N1 epidemic to sow fear of vaccination in the population. With 292 deaths so far this year from the H1N1 virus (32% children) you would think parents would take no chances. In contrast consider the number of deaths…

An update from Karl Haro von Mogel: “A little more than an hour after PZ’s post, GM Watch in the UK has wildly claimed that the ‘biotech industry’ is fixing the contest!” “The level of conspiracy theorizing reaches astronomical proportions at a moment’s notice. Please keep voting, so they won’t have the chance to use…

The Power of Genetics

The latest comments on my new blog reflect ample confusion about whether or not plant genetics can help poor farmers in India. To demonstrate the power of genetics, I have posted a time-lapse video (4 months) showing the performance of a genetically improved rice in a flooded field plot at the International Rice Research Institute.

“We will restore science to its rightful place”. Oh what sweet words. Has Obama lived up to his vows? A recent story suggests that a change of administration at the White House does not necessarily mean that the best science will be of high priority when informing the public.

Vote for biofortified

Hello all, Biofortified is in the running to win the Ashoka Changemakers contest, GMO Risk or Rescue. But Karl Haro von Mogel needs your help, dear readers. The contest entries close on October 21, and the voting will continue to the 28th. The grand prize is a $1500 grant and a conversation with Michael Pollan.…

A Chef Discovers Science

Until his favorite heirloom tomatoes died on the vine after succumbing to late blight disease, Chef Dan Barber believed that science when applied to agriculture was “suspect, a violation of the slow food aesthetic”. Unfortunately, this distrust of science hurts farmers, consumers, and the planet. It also ignores 100 years of scientific progress.

After a short blogging break, Tomorrow’s Table is back at its new home here at ScienceBlogs. On this weblog I will discuss topics related to food, farming and genetics.