Dr. Oz, Again? Can Someone Hand Me the Remote

In Biotechnology, Food, Media by Cathryn

Let’s get one thing straight from the get go. Dr. Oz is a professional celebrity who hawks his opinions for money. Whether fear-mongering or shilling for “magic pills,” he makes exaggerated, even unsubstantiated claims to get attention. Attention turns into ratings. Ratings turn into money. There is one reliable way to stop his bogus claims. Turn off your television. Tell …

Food Babe’s Science Is as Fluffy as Her Marabou Slippers

In Activism, Food, Media by Cathryn

From suburban dog parks to Park Avenue, people are buzzing about the Food Babe. Using crazy videos filmed in low-cut workout clothes, she has garnered quite a bit of attention seemingly overnight. Television being a visual medium, talk shows book the petite brunette with the telegenic face. She is getting more attention than counterparts whose credentials outshine their smiles. All …

HuffPost Blog Provides Clarity on Cleaner Fuels

In Biofuels, Environmental, Ethanol, Media, Politics by Cathryn

In a media landscape that often seizes upon sensationalism, The Huffington Post took a balanced, thoughtful approach to ethanol issues today in publishing a piece written in support of E15 by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory. The city of Chicago is considering a proposed ordinance that would require most gas stations to offer E15. The measure would help reduce greenhouse …

In the Drone Debate, Watch What You Wish For

In Activism, Current News, Farming, Media by Cathryn

Grist published another gripping piece today on the important role drones can play in the “fight against Big Ag.” The post, based on a blaring inaccuracy at its core, posited that “If you were privy to everything that went on inside a factory farm, you might never want to eat again.” Then, it proposed drones were the answer to getting …

The More You Know

In Biotechnology, Environmental, Farming, Food, Food Prices, Media, Production by Cathryn

Remember the PSA’s that used to run with a tagline of “The More You Know?” They provided a helpful little piece of info on a broad array of subject? Today, Real Clear Science writer Ross Pomeroy offered up a succinct PSA of his own correcting misconceptions about organic and conventional agriculture with scientific information. So what is the 15-second sound …

In Battle Against Misinformation, Barbre Leads by Example

In Activism, Biofuels, Ethanol, Media by Cathryn

NCGA President Martin Barbre put pen to paper this week to correct an anti-ethanol article run by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Taking decisive action to address the misinformation published, Barbre not only shed light on an important subject for readers but also led by example. To read “Opinion Piece on Ethanol Gets Three Things Wrong,” click here. So often, …

Support Solid Science, Speak Out for Solid Journalism

In Activism, Biotechnology, General, Media by Cathryn

This weekend, The Washington Post stood up to the fear-fueled tactics of anti-GMO activists in a brilliant editorial, “Genetically Modified Crops Could Help Improve the Lives of Millions.” The piece, which points out the incredible benefit GMOs offer for both farmers and anyone who depends upon them, denounces the anti-GMO movement for its promotion of mandatory labeling and outright bans. …

First, Do No Harm

In Media by Cathryn

Whether you first heard it on a television drama about incredibly attractive doctors or in a med school classroom yourself, most Americans know that the Hippocratic Oath commits medical professionals to “first, do no harm.” It is a basic principle that guides their ethics and upon which all patients rely. Given this oath, how then does Dr. Oz justify the …

While Farmers Excel, Journalism Falls Another Rung Down the Ladder

In Activism, Biotechnology, Farming, Media, Production by Cathryn

The Washington Examiner needs to examine their facts before publishing pure poppycock. In an article which ran on December 20, the paper claimed that National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest record holder David Hula grew his record-breaking bounty using organic production practices. Contest records clearly show this is completely untrue. Hula, a perennial winner, deserves both recognition and …