Biotech Industry-Funded Bootcamps for Journalists – A Legit Investment in “Sound Science”?

Paul Thacker’s latest piece on biotech industry efforts to influence media coverage and discredit scientists who raise questions about the impact of GE crops appears in The Progressive and is entitled “Flacking for GMOs: How the Biotech Industry Cultivates Positive Media.” Thacker tells the story of the genesis and funding of two “bootcamps” for science […]

Risks Posed by Applications of CRISPR Technology in Plant Breeding

The pesticide-seed-biotech industry is rushing to corner the patent – and PR — market on CRISPR technologies used to silence, or turn up, the expression of genes in plants or animals. The rapidly growing gene-editing toolkit has innate advantages over first-generation genetically engineered (GE) plants. First-gen GE crops were developed by forcibly moving foreign DNA […]