Tagged: GE

Strongest opponents of GM think they know best but actually know the least - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 17, 2019

A study just out shows that the strongest opponents of GM (genetic modification) think they know the subject well, but in fact know the least. What does this means for science communication? Especially contentious topics. Doubly so where deliberate misinformation is being offered. Similarly are their lessons for politicians? In New Zealand politicians seem too timid to try correct … Read More

The ‘Impossible Burger’ is not genetically modified - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 06, 2018

In the New Zealand media and social media people are talking about this genetically modified ‘Impossible Burger’. Except it’s not. Sorry everyone, but it really isn’t genetically modified. What was genetic engineered is a yeast that makes one of the ingredients used in the ‘Impossible Burger’. It’s just a different way of making that ingredient. The ingredient is the same … Read More

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on GMO legislation - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 12, 2015

Recommendations to the British parliament on GMO legislation and public engagement look useful for New Zealand. I’ve previously suggested that the New Zealand legislation for Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) wants to be updated, or replaced. I’ve also suggested that there wants to be fresh discussion on the topic, especially as it’s now been almost twenty … Read More

Food and genetic modification: better informed policy and legislation wanted - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 16, 2015

Below is a lightly-edited copy of an op-ed related to the Food Matters Aotearoa event at Te Papa this weekend. As it’s not being used by the newspaper, I’ve put it here. I’ve added a few thoughts about Steffan Browning’s press release at the end. —–=+=—– Op-ed draft Policy needs to … Read More

Supporting homeopathy for Ebola loses natural health brief but more needed - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 04, 2014

In a step in the right direction for evidence-based policy, Green Party member of parliament Steffan Browning has been stripped of his natural health portfolio by his party’s caucus but more is needed. As I related in my previous piece, his is not a idle blunder but an example of his thinking. This line of … Read More

New Zealand political spokesperson for GE and more endorses homeopathy for Ebola - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 31, 2014

(Opinion on one of stupider things I’ve seen endorsed by a politician in a while and it’s relation to other science-based policy, including genetic engineering.) Green Party MP Steffan Browning has been widely reported as endorsing a petition to apply homeopathy to Ebola. To be frank this is an idea of rank stupidity. Read More

Separating the chaff from the grain in the debate on GM wheat - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 18, 2012

By Prof. Jack Heinemann, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury. My report on assessing the risks of a form of GM wheat has sparked heated comment here and on other blog sites. The Sciblog-associated Science Media Centre (NZ) included comments from Peter Dearden and a link to the “Genetics Otago” blog along with comments made by … Read More