Archives for 2010

Peace on Earth

Happy Holidays from my friends Finn and Gunilla with winter photos of their farm.

Holiday fun: peer reviewing

Did you not finish all your papers and grants before the holidays? Do you still have papers to review? Dont be discouraged, Twisted Bacteria has posted humorous quotes to cheer you up. Every December, the journal Environmental Microbiology publishes a collection of quotes made by peer reviewers while assessing manuscripts submitted to the journal. Some…

“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, amongst the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life”. Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, 1962 “We live in a world which is penetrated through and through by science and which is both whole and real. We cannot turn it into a…

An ode to Dr. Oz

The Digital CuttleFish writes another good verse. This one is for Dr. Oz. Tomorrow’s Table I’m healthy and wealthy; I’ve outgrown my past; When I need to lose weight, I can diet or fast; Starvation is not in the lot I’ve been cast– My perspective is clearly not skewed. I can buy the best produce…

Click here to see the Dr. Oz show on GE crops with yours truly. I tried to provide a science-based perspective to the audience. It was a tough go, though, because one of the other panelists (Jeffery Smith, a former Iowa political candidate for the Natural Law Party with no discernible scientific or agricultural training)…

These video photoessays – one interviewing Colombian coffee growers, another Ghanaian farmers – document how a 2-degree rise in temperature has already hurt some of the world’s most vulnerable people. The videos show how rising temperatures have damaged crops, led to increased pests and disease, and ultimately forced farmers to switch to less profitable crops…

Tune in and let me know how it turned out. Find your local station and air time here.

Thanksgiving blessings.

Great article by Nicolas Kristof in the NY Times. He writes about the promise of biofortification for saving the lives of the poor and malnourished. Children have been dying for lack of vitamin A, iron and zinc for thousands of generations. These new seeds may finally help end the scourge of starvation in this century,…

On Monday afternoon, yours truly will appear with Dr. Oz, “America’s doctor,” (the tag bestowed on him by no less than Oprah Winfrey) before a live audience in New York City. Although I have never seen the show, a New York Times magazine article written by the brilliant Frank Bruni, suggests that the show, and…

The last common ancestor of plants and animals may have lived 1 billion years ago. Plants and animals have occasionally exchanged genes, but for the most part, have countered selective pressures independently. Microbes (bacteria, eukaryotes, and viruses) were omnipresent threats, influencing the direction of multi-cellular evolution. Receptors that detect molecular signatures of infectious organisms mediate…