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Project News and Views

Dismantling The Big Lie About GMOs: Radio Interview

On Tuesday, 27 January, 2015, Food Integrity Now spoke with co-founder and executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project, Dr. Jonathan Latham.

We were intrigued by an article he recently wrote entitled “How the Great Food War Will be Won“. Dr. Latham’s spoke with me today about what he thinks is the answer to winning the food war–dismantling this lie that we need GMOs to feed the world.

Interviewer Carol Grieve wrote a blog post about the interview: Dismantling The Big Lie About GMOs. The radio interview can be heard at: http://media.blubrry.com/foodintegritynow/p/content.blubrry.com/foodintegritynow/FIN-2015-01-29-E136.mp3.

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SHORT COURSE — Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology and Politics

Would you like to know more about GMOs and why there is no scientific consensus on GMO safety? The upcoming Ithaca Freeskool course on Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology and Politics [held on 3 Sundays from 2-4pm (on 2/8, 2/22 and 3/8)] will give you a better understanding of the ongoing controversy over their use in agriculture and the food system. The course is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reading material will be provided. Students should bring their questions and curiosity about GMO technology. You can attend any or all of the days.

Instructor: Dr. Allison Wilson, Science Director of The Bioscience Resource Project, has nearly 30 years of experience (in and out of the lab) Read More »

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Ithaca Event: Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health and Infrastructure in NY State

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Help us Publicize this Important event: Downloadable Event Poster

For more information see: http://www.bioscienceresource.org/2015/01/steingraber-bamberger-oswald-beyond-the-ban/

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EVENT – Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake

with Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald.

Time and Place: Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 7 – 9 pm, First Baptist Church, 309 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

New York state has newly banned fracking due to its known hazards and risks. But New Yorkers are still at risk from hazardous gas facilities and pipelines, pollution, food chain contamination and other problems of the fracking boom.

Ithaca-based non-profit, The Bioscience Resource Project, is hosting Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake. Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald will provide an overview of post-ban fracking threats to New York state. The Bioscience Resource Project and CSI (Community Science Institute) will have information tables and Buffalo Street Books will have books for sale at this event. Read More »

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How the Great Food War Will Be Won

Independent Science News has just published: How the Great Food War Will Be Won
By Jonathan Latham, PhD

Synopsis: Major agribusiness corporations, such as Monsanto, Cargill, ADM, and
Syngenta desire to fully control the global food system. Unfortunately for
them, they are held back by an image problem. As most people know, food
produced with their assistance is inferior in every respect. However, there is
one category in which they can plausibly claim superiority over other methods.
That superiority is yield. Consequently, agribusiness has directed intense
efforts at framing yield as the defining element of successful modern
agriculture. Read More »

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Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and the New Yorker

Independent Science News has just published “Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and the New Yorker,” written by Dr Vandana Shiva.

Article synopsis: Earlier this year The New Yorker published an article by Michael Specter titled “Seeds of Doubt”. Independent Science News has reprinted the reply of Dr Vandana Shiva who was the centerpiece of that article. As well as detailing its “fraudulent assertions and deliberate attempts to skew reality“, Dr Shiva calls important attention to the ongoing efforts of Monsanto and the biotechnology industry to manipulate reporting of GMO issues in the media – including the publishers of The New Yorker. She also gives her assessment of the still misunderstood Indian experience with GMO Bt cotton that was the background to The New Yorker article.

To read the full article go to: http://www.independentsciencenews.org/un-sustainable-farming/seeds-of-truth-vandana-shiva-new-yorker/

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Just Released by Concerned Health Professionals of NY: Updated Compendium of Risks and Harms Of Fracking (Unconventional Gas And Oil)

Concerned Health Professionals of New York, released a second edition of their invaluable resource the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings of Risks and Harms of Fracking. This includes an important section documenting threats to agriculture and soil quality. The compendium is free Read More »

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Online Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair — A Chance to Support The Bioscience Resource Project and Independent Science News — Donate through 31 December 2014

We would like to thank everyone who visited the Project’s table or made gift donations to The Bioscience Resource Project at last Saturday’s Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair. We also thank our board members and volunteers who staffed the Project’s table and the Gift Fair’s own volunteers who made it a smooth-running success.

We encourage all our readers to consider supporting the Project’s work in 2015 by making a small donation to the Bioscience Resource Project — either through our own website or by going to the Alternative Gift Fair website where you can donate now through 31 December 2014.

As a volunteer organization with low overheads, every donation makes a big difference to our work. Thank you for supporting and using our public interest science media.

On Saturday, we offered gift fair shoppers the following options, which are still available online: Read More »

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Fracking: the new threat to our food supply?

Today Independent Science News published a review of the important new book by veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Cornell professor of molecular medicine, Robert Oswald: The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food  (Beacon Press 2014).

This comprehensive review was written by the Project’s Science Director, Dr. Allison Wilson. It can be read in its entirety on Independent Science News: Fracking: the new threat to our food supply?

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Visit Us at the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair December 6, 2014

The Bioscience Resource Project will be participating in the Eleventh Annual Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair to be held on December 6th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the First Baptist and First Presbyterian churches bordering Dewitt Park, Ithaca, N.Y.

Come talk to Project volunteers and board members and pick up information about the Project and its work. You can also support the Project financially by purchasing gift donations to the Bioscience Resource Project. These make excellent holiday presents for friends and family who have an interest in independent media, public interest science, food and agriculture, health and the environment.

We will be at Table 13, offering the following gifts:

$5  Helps bring a leading public interest scientist to Ithaca to speak about food and agriculture.

$10 Provides reading materials for an Ithaca Freeskool class on the Ethics and Politics of Science.

$15 Contributes to a local OneHealth workshop: Connecting Environment, Biology and Culture.

$25 Helps fund open-access publication of a scientific paper on GMO risk assessment.

$$ Donate any amount to support the Independent Science News website – investigative reporting in the public interest. Read More »

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