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  1. Mar 2017
    1. I was in Clermont in 2008, a maverick, to talk about using social networks in teaching 

      I was only a maverick because of academic power structure.

      Who has the right to speak? In whose name?

  2. Apr 2016
    1. So where exactly might you find a GMO label if it existed? 1.GMOs or foods containing GMOS This is obvious. Actual whole GMO produce such as pest-resistant sweet corn, or disease-resistant squash would be labeled. Processed foods obviously containing these ingredients such as salsa with GM corn or trail mix with dried GM papayas would also be labeled. 2.Meat/Dairy from animals fed GMOs This is a bit trickier, and still up in the air. As Ben and Jerry’s points out on their website, eating a GMO does not make YOU a GMO. For this reason, they have advertised that their ice-cream is “GMO free” for years, even though it is made from the milk of cows fed genetically modified feed. This logic seems fair enough. After all, the gene that makes alfalfa a GMO cannot be found in a pint of Cherry Garcia. 3.Processed foods made with oil/sugar extracted from GMOs As with meat/dairy, this is a toughy. Just as the genes unique to GMOs don’t make it through a cow’s gut, they also don’t show up in high-fructose corn syrup or soybean oil. These processed ingredients are 100% identical to organic alternatives. 4.Foods produced by (or with ingredients produced by) GM microorganisms The production pipeline of some foods and food additives relies on genetically modified fungi or bacteria. Cheese is pretty much universally made using enzymes produced by genetically modified microorganisms. Genetically modified microorganisms can also produce vitamins, which can then be used to fortify cereals. This might explain why several vitamins went missing when Grape Nuts and Cheerios went GMO-free. The GM microorganisms themselves are not present in the final product, so the only difference is a decrease in vitamin A, B12, D and Riboflavin in the GMO-free version.
  3. Jan 2016
    1. along with guidance about how to note the genetic changes.

      I think this is an incredibly important aspect of the labeling issue. Regardless of what side you're on, what goes on the label matters. It needs to be scientifically accurate, easy to understand and, perhaps most importantly, NOT misleading.

      I particularly liked this point by the FDA:

      “An example of a statement in food labeling that may be false or misleading could be the statement “None of the ingredients in this food is genetically engineered” on a food where some of the ingredients are incapable of being produced through genetic engineering (e.g., salt)”.

      Yes! This gets me every time. Seeing "no GMO" on products for which a genetic engineered version doesn't even exist.

      ...Makes as much sense as saying something like, a certain brand of computer is certified to not strangle you in your sleep. Doesn't it make you wonder if there are computers out there that will strangle you? (There aren't. So why label it unnecessarily?)