Any folks on here in northern CA? Food B*be is going to be in Santa Rosa and I'd like to organize something to show we don't support her anti-science, pro-Hari-pocketbook worldview. ... See MoreSee Less
"US Right To Know (USRTK) is a front group for interests sworn to end modern food production practices, contemporary genetics and safe approved chemicals. While claiming to act angelically in the public interest, they clearly act as a mallet of defamation, seeking to destroy the careers of scientists that teach evidence-based science.
Their weapon is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and its ability to confiscate personal emails from public employees. That's not the problem. Our daily interactions should be transparent and open to public scrutiny. That's not the problem.
The problem is when sentences are lifted from their native context and reformatted into outrageous narratives with an intent to harm others. They get what they want through our transparency, and then use it maliciously. " – Kevin M. Folta... See MoreSee Less
Now we just need a study that looks at the effects of Bt toxin topical sprays on waterways. Since such a spray is going to have runoff, period, and if it does negatively affect life in nearby water sources, then that directly means that Bt sprays are more damaging for the environment than Bt-modified crops.
An interestingly specific study, this following experiment to be published on September 15th in the journal The Science of the Total Environment looks at the effects of Bt-producing rice on nearby waterways and planktonic communities.
As one might expect from past studies in this regard, the researchers found no evidence of negative effects on the waterways from growing Bt rice nearby. Indeed, according to the abstract, they found no evidence that the Bt toxin even was involved in runoff to the waterways, instead staying bound to the soil within the field.
This is especially useful data due to it being rice that is being tested, which is often grown in paddy fields that have water coverings for crop growth. Thus, even with water directly around and inside the field itself, there was still no evidence of Bt toxin runoff into it at all.
Photo CC: Rice Paddy by Jim Epler
"The anti-GMO movement is very popular. The 'mob' mentality has forced the sentiment into borderline threatening, especially where the GMO research community is concerned. This has coaxed many scientists in the field into undercover research lab locations and anonymously published work.
But is this distrust in its place or have the masses misinterpreted the pros and cons of genetic modification?" ... See MoreSee Less