I Am Biased and So Are You: thoughts on funding and influence in science

Money

This is the third (and probably final) post in a series on industry funding of my weed science program. The previous posts on this topic are here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). In this post, I’ll mostly describe some of my personal experiences. It is important to note that my experiences are not necessarily representative of others. I suspect that my […]

Who funds my weed science program?

Money

This is the second post in a series about transparency and funding sources for my weed science research program. An introduction can be found here: On transparency, intimidation, and being called a shill. Since 2012, around two-thirds of my research funding has come from competitive grants. By competitive grants, I mean projects that I’ve developed […]

On transparency, intimidation, and being called a shill

A while back, a group of scientists involved in research or communication about various aspects of biotechnology (GMOs) were the subjects of freedom of information requests. Keith Kloor, who broke the story in Science, also posted one of the letters sent to the University of Illinois. The request asks for all emails in the last 2+ […]

GMOs, Herbicides, and the New England Journal of Medicine

Sprayer

An opinion piece was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, written by Dr. Philip Landrigan (an M.D.) and Dr. Charles Benbrook (PhD) titled “GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health”. I was asked to review the piece this week, and I can only assume it will eventually make the rounds on social media. So I thought […]

An Evaluation of the Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ)

journal.pone.0131200.g001

I’ve always been interested in how changes in agricultural production practices impact the environment. In particular, I’ve followed the adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops since I was an undergraduate, and try to stay up to date on research relating to the environmental impact associated with these crops. Several publications over the last decade have […]

Trends in corn herbicide use (1990 to 2014)

CornPoundsStackedLines

USDA-NASS recently published the most recent corn herbicide use data (from 2014). I’ve been looking through the data, because, well, free data! Perhaps the figure below isn’t the ideal way to present it, but there are some interesting trends that can be observed this way. Total herbicide use in corn (in weight of herbicide applied) has remained […]

What does Chipotle’s switch to non-GMO ingredients mean for pesticide use?

CornHerbicides

A couple weeks ago, Chipotle announced they were removing genetically engineered crops (called GMOs) from their menu. Kind of. As you might expect, the announcement was covered widely in the media. Interestingly, though, most of the coverage wasn’t very positive. There’s a fairly long list of responses to the Chipotle decision if you’d like to read […]

Stop saying organic food is less safe, unless you can provide evidence

IMG_20140713_165628406

A recent article from Western Producer titled “Canada has a world-class food system” was recently re-posted by the Genetic Literacy Project (GLP). GLP, whose stated mission is to “explore the intersection of DNA research, media and policy to disentangle science from ideology”, commonly aggregates news stories. But when they re-posted this particular article, the headline was changed pretty […]

Glyphosate and Cancer: What does the data say?

AllCancer_Allcites

A little over a week ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that glyphosate would be added to their list of agents that are “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Glyphosate wasn’t the only pesticide added to the list, but as Nathanael Johnson noted at Grist, glyphosate tends to be something of a lightning […]

Toadflax Field Day in Cheyenne

IMG_2327

Do you have a toadflax problem? Have you tried multiple management techniques? Does a yellow-flowered hillside make you shudder? Dalmatian and yellow toadflax (Linaria dalmatica L. and L. vulgaris Mill.) are species on Wyoming’s noxious weed list which can displace desirable forage, reduce species diversity, and spread quickly. These are just a few of the […]

%d bloggers like this: