Who wants an update on my latest project? *crickets…* I’ll give you one anyway.
I’m sure a few of my readers recall my Lowdown on GMOs interview series. The first, with a scientist, then with a family farmer, and finally, with the CEO of a biotech firm that will soon release a biotech fruit: the Arctic Apple.
The response to these interviews were huge (at least for me). My interview with a scientist, Kevin Folta, got 1,000+ shares on Facebook alone. So, I decided to combine them over at Medium.com into the The Fact-Based Lowdown on GMOs (arguably not as catchy). But still, I wanted to do more with it, and I got this idea…
There are plenty of succinct, authoritative, and accessible articles on GMOs out there that make the science and benefits clear. And I was of the persuasion that, as Mark Lynas put it at his speech in Cornell University that this subject has been one of the greatest science communication failures of the last half-century. So I had an idea: why don’t I collect those articles, with permission of course, and jumble them in with my Q&As into a GMO eBook. I, humbly, set it up so that I would receive a majority of the proceeds from the book; in true capitalist fashion, 90% of the sale price of each book ($0.00) will go directly into my severely stomach-inflamed, statistically significant piggy bank.
I started reaching out to influential, but more importantly, informed folks who live, breathe, and revel in the science of biotechnology, to include the best articles I could find to put out a formidable, one-stop resource for all your GMO needs. Below is the latest breakdown of those involved in the project, and the title of their chapter.
Karl Haro Von Mogel (PhD) – Co-Director of BioFortified
Alan McHughen (PhD) – University of California, Riverside
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad GMO?
Chapter 1: Q&A
With Kevin Folta (PhD) – The Molecular Biologist [Expanded]
With Brian Scott (BSc) – The Family Farmer [Expanded]
With Neal Carter – The Biotech CEO
Chapter 2: Long-Form
Mike Bendzela – Adjunct Professor & Farmer
2.1: What It’s Like Knowing Squat about GMOs
Ramez Naam – Technologist and Best-Selling Author
2.2: Why Organic Advocates Should Love GMOs
Steve Savage (PhD) – Plant Pathologist & Consultant
2.3: Gorillas and the Future of Biotechnology
Anastasia Bodnar (PhD) – Geneticist and Co-Director of BioFortified
2.4: We’re All Wearing the Same Genes
Julie Kay – Writer / Artist
2.5: Science is Laughing at us
Cami Ryan (PhD) – Researcher & Scientist
2.6: Why GMO Myths Are So Appealing
Keith Kloor – Adjunct Professor & Journalist
2.7: GMO Opponents are the Climate Skeptics of the Left
Mark Lynas – Historian and Best-Selling Author
2.8: Time to Call Out the Anti-GMO Conspiracy Theory
Suzanne Kennedy (PhD) – Director of Research and Development at MO BIO Laboratories
2.9: Where’d the Good News Go? (Working Title)
Fourat Janabi – Writer
2.10: Random Thoughts on Biotech
Chapter 3: Closing With
The order and content may change, but not by much. If anybody wants to write a review to release on opening day, please reach out to me and I’ll give you an advanced copy. The release date is not set in stone, but expect it within 30-60 days.