pronald https://scienceblogs.com/author/pronald/feed en My 12 year old daughter agrees: People don't want T-shirts of glowing plants. They want glowing plants. https://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2013/08/17/my-12-year-old-daughter-agrees-people-dont-want-t-shirts-of-glowing-plants-they-want-glowing-plants <span>My 12 year old daughter agrees: People don&#039;t want T-shirts of glowing plants. They want glowing plants.</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2149613-1,00.html">The Kickstarter Fight Over Genetically Modified Plants - TIME</a>.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/pronald">pronald</a></span> <span>Sat, 08/17/2013 - 16:37</span> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 20:37:45 +0000 pronald 70894 at https://scienceblogs.com Petition | Global scientific community condemns the recent destruction of field trials of Golden Rice in the Philippines | Change.org https://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2013/08/12/petition-global-scientific-community-condemns-the-recent-destruction-of-field-trials-of-golden-rice-in-the-philippines-change-org <span>Petition | Global scientific community condemns the recent destruction of field trials of Golden Rice in the Philippines | Change.org</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/global-scientific-community-condemns-the-recent-destruction-of-field-trials-of-golden-rice-in-the-philippines?utm_campaign=mailto_link&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=share_petition">Petition | Global scientific community condemns the recent destruction of field trials of Golden Rice in the Philippines | Change.org</a>.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/pronald">pronald</a></span> <span>Mon, 08/12/2013 - 16:06</span> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:06:55 +0000 pronald 70893 at https://scienceblogs.com Can GMO corn cause allergies? Don’t believe Elle’s scary story. - Slate Magazine https://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2013/08/07/can-gmo-corn-cause-allergies-dont-believe-elles-scary-story-slate-magazine <span>Can GMO corn cause allergies? Don’t believe Elle’s scary story. - Slate Magazine</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/08/can_gmo_corn_cause_allergies_don_t_believe_elle_s_scary_story.html">Can GMO corn cause allergies? Don’t believe Elle’s scary story. - Slate Magazine</a>.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/pronald">pronald</a></span> <span>Wed, 08/07/2013 - 14:09</span> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:09:19 +0000 pronald 70892 at https://scienceblogs.com Navigating the agricultural biotech minefield: When an MIT study is not an MIT study | Genetic Literacy Project https://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2013/05/22/navigating-the-agricultural-biotech-minefield-when-an-mit-study-is-not-an-mit-study-genetic-literacy-project <span>Navigating the agricultural biotech minefield: When an MIT study is not an MIT study | Genetic Literacy Project</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Genetic literacy project continues to publish well-informed, science-based articles about plant genetics and farming. Here ist he latest: <a href="http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2013/05/06/navigating-the-agricultural-biotech-minefield-when-an-mit-study-is-not-an-mit-study/">Navigating the agricultural biotech minefield: When an MIT study is not an MIT study | Genetic Literacy Project</a>.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/pronald">pronald</a></span> <span>Wed, 05/22/2013 - 17:31</span> Wed, 22 May 2013 21:31:08 +0000 pronald 70891 at https://scienceblogs.com Spring in California: Saturday is Fascination of Plants Day https://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2013/05/16/spring-in-california-saturday-is-fascination-of-plants-day <span>Spring in California: Saturday is Fascination of Plants Day</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><a href="/files/tomorrowstable/files/2013/05/4-10-10-california-wildflowers.jpg"><br /></a><strong><a href="/files/tomorrowstable/files/2013/05/California-Wildflowers-Spring-02.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-539" alt="Field covered in orange poppies and other wildflowers" src="http://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/files/2013/05/California-Wildflowers-Spring-02-300x199.jpg" width="300" height="199" /></a>On Saturday, May 18, the second international "</strong><a href="http://www.plantday12.eu/">Fascination of Plants Day</a><strong>"</strong> will take place under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organization (<a href="http://www.epsoweb.org">EPSO</a>). Join in to see for yourself how fascinating plant are. Show your support for plant science, which is critical for sustainable food production, biobased medicines, and energy.  There are 54 countries participating in the Fascination of Plants Day, with over 650 institutions involved and 950 events planned!</p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center">Check out this <a href="http://www.plantday12.eu/map.htm">interactive map</a> that shows all of the participating countries.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Here at the University of California, Davis, the renowned <a href="http://greenhouse.ucdavis.edu/conservatory/">Botanical Conservatory</a> will be open from 10am – 1pm on the 18<sup>th</sup> of May to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day 2013. The conservatory is home to the titan, or <i>Amorphophallus titanium</i>, a truly fascinating plant that takes 15 years to bloom, and has only been known to flower about 100 times around the world, including 7 times at UC-Davis!<a href="/files/tomorrowstable/files/2013/05/titan.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-541" alt="titan" src="/files/tomorrowstable/files/2013/05/titan.jpg" width="225" height="300" /></a></p> <p>Two more exciting events are plants in California, one at the Plant Biology Department at the <a href="http://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/">Carnegie Institution for Science</a>, Stanford and the other at the <a href="http://www.livermoreartassociation.org/index.html">Livermore Art Association</a>. At Stanford, middle school students from East Palo Alto will use advanced imaging technologies to observe fluorescence and luminescence in plant materials. Further details about this event can be found <a href="http://www.plantday12.eu/usa.htm">here</a> on the Fascination of Plants Day website. At the second event in Livermore, local artists and children will celebrate the impact of plants on our lives by decorating bicycle wheels with creative plant themes. On May 18th the wheels will be displayed by participating businesses in downtown Livermore along the path of the Amgen Tour of California. Details about this event can be found <a href="http://www.livermoreartassociation.org/events/events.html">here</a>.</p> <p>The Fascination of Plants Day has attracted a lot of attention all over the world, with the Ministers of Agriculture in the Czech Republic, Norway and Slovakia officially serving as national patrons. The nearly 1000 events internationally will showcase about 250,000 plant species! Details about the various events and lots of fun facts and information can be found on <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%40PlantDay2013&amp;src=typd">Twitter</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/pronald">pronald</a></span> <span>Thu, 05/16/2013 - 14:33</span> Thu, 16 May 2013 18:33:31 +0000 pronald 70890 at https://scienceblogs.com The Ruminant Podcast episode 19: Does the concept of "GMO" advance sustainable agriculture? https://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2013/04/18/the-ruminant-podcast-episode-19-does-the-concept-of-gmo-advance-sustainable-agriculture <span>The Ruminant Podcast episode 19: Does the concept of &quot;GMO&quot; advance sustainable agriculture? </span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://theruminant.ca/2013/04/17/ruminant-podcast-episode-19-pam-ronald-genetic-engineering-plant-breeding/">My interview with Jordan at the Ruminant. Does the concept of "#GMO" advance sustainable agriculture? http://theruminant.ca/2013/04/17/ruminant-podcast-episode-19-pam-ronald-genetic-engineering-plant-breeding/</a></p> <p><a href="http://theruminant.ca/2013/04/17/ruminant-podcast-episode-19-pam-ronald-genetic-engineering-plant-breeding/">The Ruminant Podcast episode 19: Pam Ronald on Genetic Engineering in Plant Breeding | the ruminant...sharing good ideas for farming and gardening</a>.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/pronald">pronald</a></span> <span>Thu, 04/18/2013 - 10:30</span> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:30:40 +0000 pronald 70889 at https://scienceblogs.com On GMOs, New York Times foodie Mark Bittman is a dark cloud in the brightening sky of reason Genetic Literacy Project https://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2013/04/15/on-gmos-new-york-times-foodie-mark-bittman-is-a-dark-cloud-in-the-brightening-sky-of-reason-genetic-literacy-project <span>On GMOs, New York Times foodie Mark Bittman is a dark cloud in the brightening sky of reason Genetic Literacy Project </span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="background-image: none; background-attachment: scroll; background-color: #ffffff; border: 0px none; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 1em; outline: none 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 22px; color: #000000; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: repeat repeat;">It’s challenging to name a more influential food writer than <i style="background-image: none; background-attachment: scroll; background-color: transparent; border: 0px none; margin: 0px; outline: none 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: repeat repeat;"><a style="background-image: none; background-attachment: scroll; background-color: transparent; border: 0px none; margin: 0px; outline: none 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #164c9d; text-decoration: none; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: repeat repeat;" href="http://bittman.blogs.nytimes.com/">The New York Times</a>‘</i> Mark Bittman—nor one less informed and more damaging to the public weal on the issue of genetically modified crops and foods. Simply said, he is a scourge on science.</p> <p><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px;">Those are strong words, and not written lightly. However, when a journalist carries the imprimatur of the world’s most influential newspaper, he/she has standards to uphold, not the least of which is to know the basic facts about what one writes about. Bittman freely and often engages the debate over GMOs in food, from lobbying for</span><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px;"> </span><a style="font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; background-image: none; background-attachment: scroll; border: 0px none; margin: 0px; outline: none 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #164c9d; text-decoration: none; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: repeat repeat;" href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/why-arent-g-m-o-foods-labeled/">government-mandated labeling</a><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px;"> </span><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px;">to, most recently, attacking the biotechnology industry in a</span><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px;"> </span><a style="font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; background-image: none; background-attachment: scroll; border: 0px none; margin: 0px; outline: none 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #164c9d; text-decoration: none; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: repeat repeat;" href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/why-do-g-m-o-s-need-protection/">piece</a><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px;"> </span><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px;">on the so-called Monsanto Protection Act (the debate about which the</span><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px;"> </span><a style="font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; background-image: none; background-attachment: scroll; border: 0px none; margin: 0px; outline: none 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #164c9d; text-decoration: none; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: repeat repeat;" href="http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2013/04/01/monsanto-protection-act-separating-the-facts-from-the-fury/">GLP deconstructed</a><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px;">).</span></p> <p> </p> <p>....</p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Ovo, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; background-color: #ffffff;">Like a climate-denying archconservative, Bittman and hasn’t altered his views for years even as science has long since passed him by. As Keith Kloor, one of the world’s sharpest commentators on the politics of agricultural biotechnology journalism, recently noted in a response to Bittman’s latest, he couches his nutty views in reasonable-sounding verbiage that disguises the reality that his opinions are almost fact- and science-free.</span></p> <p>....</p> <p>Bittman and his ilk may score points at foodie dinner parties, but increasingly they are becoming the butt of jokes in science circles. Even worse, their shrill but influential voices are making it increasingly challenging for federal and state regulatory agencies to follow the science when it comes to promoting good nutrition and public health.</p> <p>Read the entire article here: <a href="http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2013/04/15/on-gmos-new-york-times-foodie-mark-bittman-is-a-dark-cloud-in-the-brightening-sky-of-reason/">On GMOs, New York Times foodie Mark Bittman is a dark cloud in the brightening sky of reasonGenetic Literacy Project | Genetic Literacy Project</a>.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/pronald">pronald</a></span> <span>Mon, 04/15/2013 - 14:17</span> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:17:43 +0000 pronald 70888 at https://scienceblogs.com Why Label Genetically Engineered Food? - NYTimes.com https://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2013/03/15/why-label-genetically-engineered-food-nytimes-com <span>Why Label Genetically Engineered Food? - NYTimes.com</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; background-color: #ffffff;">"Whole Foods Market caused a stir last week when it announced that it would require all products sold in its stores in the United States and Canada to </span><a style="color: #666699; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; background-color: #ffffff;" title="Times article" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/09/business/grocery-chain-to-require-labels-for-genetically-modified-food.html?pagewanted=all">carry labels i</a><span style="color: #000000; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; background-color: #ffffff;">ndicating whether they contain genetically modified ingredients by 2018."</span></p> <p>Today the NYT published an editorial concisely summarizing the issues and pointing out that there is little reason to make labeling compulsory.</p> <p>Read more here:</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/opinion/why-label-genetically-engineered-food.html">Why Label Genetically Engineered Food? - NYTimes.com</a>.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/pronald">pronald</a></span> <span>Fri, 03/15/2013 - 14:15</span> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:15:53 +0000 pronald 70887 at https://scienceblogs.com TEDxDeExtinction on Livestream https://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2013/03/12/tedxdeextinction-on-livestream <span>TEDxDeExtinction on Livestream</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://new.livestream.com/tedx/DeExtinction">TEDxDeExtinction on Livestream</a>.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/pronald">pronald</a></span> <span>Mon, 03/11/2013 - 20:32</span> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:32:36 +0000 pronald 70886 at https://scienceblogs.com Crop Wars: Discover magazine and the anti-GMO movement https://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2013/03/08/crop-wars-discover-magazine-and-the-anti-gmo-movement <span>Crop Wars: Discover magazine and the anti-GMO movement </span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/collideascape/2013/03/08/a-rebuttal/#.UToxmtGG0dI">A Rebuttal : Collide-a-Scape</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p>Keith Kloor;: "<span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; background-color: #ffffff;">When I drew attention to the piece via Twitter yesterday, there was near instantaneous </span><a style="outline: none; text-decoration: none; color: #ff0000; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; background-color: #ffffff;" href="http://twitter.com/kjhvm/status/309749140118724608" target="_blank">shock</a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; background-color: #ffffff;"> and </span><a style="outline: none; text-decoration: none; color: #ff0000; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; background-color: #ffffff;" href="http://twitter.com/geneticmaize/status/309717963269865473" target="_blank">outrage</a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; background-color: #ffffff;"> to it from some scientists. Others also shook their heads in disbelief. "</span></p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/collideascape/2013/03/08/a-rebuttal/#.UToxmtGG0dI">Read on</a><img alt="cover-image" src="http://cdn.media.discovermagazine.com/~/media/Images/Issue%20Covers/2013/april-2013.jpeg?mw=300" /></p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/pronald">pronald</a></span> <span>Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:49</span> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:49:48 +0000 pronald 70885 at https://scienceblogs.com