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Too Much Controversy over Genetically Modified Foods? - Stewart Brand

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Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/10/09/Stewart_Brand_Rethinking_Green Genetically engineered foods are "only unnatural if you don't know the biology," says author and futurist Stewart Brand. "There is no good reason for genetically engineered food crops to be controversial." ----- Environmentalist pioneer Stewart Brand talks about his book, Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto, in a discussion at the Long Now Foundation. This program was recorded in San Francisco, CA, on October 9, 2009. Stewart Brand is a co-founder and managing director of Global Business Network, founded and runs the GBN Book Club, and is the president of The Long Now Foundation. Brand is well known for founding, editing and publishing the Whole Earth Catalog (01968-85), which received a National Book Award for the 01972 issue. In 01984, he founded The WELL (Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link), a computer teleconference system for the San Francisco Bay Area. It now has 11,000 active users worldwide and is considered a bellwether of the genre. Brand has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, an interdisciplinary center studying the sciences of complexity, since 01989. He received the Golden Gadfly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Media Alliance, San Francisco in the same year. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization which supports civil rights and responsibilities in electronic media, and is an acting adviser to Ecotrust, Portland-based preservers of temperate rain forest from Alaska to San Francisco. Brand is the author of many pioneering books including The Clock Of The Long Now in 01999, How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built in 01994, The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at MIT in 01987, and Two Cybernetic Frontiers on Gregory Bateson and cutting-edge computer science in 01974. It had the first use of the term "personal computer" in print and was the first book to report on computer hackers.
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GMOs are essential to feeding the world, proponents say. Tampering with nature is perilous, critics say. Who is right? Scientific American editor Michael Moyer host a 30-minute conversation to explore this question with David H. Freedman, journalist and author of "Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us—And How to Know When Not to Trust Them." -- SUBSCRIBE to our channel: http://goo.gl/fmoXZ For our latest videos visit ScientificAmerican.com: http://goo.gl/CM2BW
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GMO foods are a big point of contention these days. Worldwide protests, Supreme Court rulings, and online campaigns-- it's safe to say the issue isn't leaving the headlines any time soon. But as GMO foods become more prevalent, Laci looks at what science has to say about scientifically created food. Read More: Study Reveals GMO Corn to be Highly Toxic http://rt.com/usa/toxic-study-gmo-corn-900/ "A leaked study examining genetically-modified corn reveals that the lab-made alternative to organic crops contains a startling level of toxic chemicals." Glyphosate's Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416 "Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, is the most popular herbicide used worldwide." New Review Points to Glyphosate's Dangerous Health Effects http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/blogs/new-review-points-to-glyphosates-dangerous-health-effects/ "A new review of hundreds of scientific studies surrounding glyphosate—the major component of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide— sheds light on its effects within the human body." Debate Surrounding GMO Seeds Heats Up As Supermarkets Start Labeling Ingredients http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/26/gmo-seeds-breakdown-monsanto_n_2958526.html "Ever since genetically modified organisms entered the mainstream in 1996, Alfalfa's has tried to keep them off of its shelves." Watch More: The Lowdown On Gene Patents http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v8sfc36OtI&list=UUzWQYUVCpZqtN93H8RR44Qw Glowing Plants http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMDiRKootnI&list=UUzWQYUVCpZqtN93H8RR44Qw Lakes Hate You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czf6_HCc_hk&list=UUsuEirTbevLZiIEOQxcjNXA ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com
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Genetically modified foods have been demonized in recent years by health advocates and environmentalists alike. If we look at the history of food cultivation, however, it is apparent we've been eating them all along. Scientific American editor Eric R. Olson explains. -- WATCH more Instant Egghead: http://goo.gl/CkXwKj SUBSCRIBE to our channel: http://goo.gl/fmoXZ VISIT scientificamerican.com for more science news: http://goo.gl/lHq0CH -- More to explore: The Truth About Genetically Modified Food [Preview] (Scientific American) http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-truth-about-genetically-modified-food&WT.mc_id=SA_sciamerican_meta The Evolution of Corn (University of Utah) http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/variation/corn/ Labeling of Bioengineered Foods[PDF] (AMA) http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/csaph/a12-csaph2-bioengineeredfoods.pdf AAAS Board of Directors: Legally Mandating GM Food Labels Could "Mislead and Falsely Alarm Consumers" http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2012/1025gm_statement.shtml 20 Question on Genetically Modified Foods (WHO) http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/biotech/20questions/en/ Test Tube Tomato [Video] (New York Times) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv5TlkAN3z8&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLbT8q_Cig_wsjQ6bN1oBKkrkJ6oFiskDE
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Subscribe to Talk Nerdy To Me Today: http://bit.ly/13pYPNQ Watch More Talk Nerdy to Me Here: http://bit.ly/XFlOAo HuffPost Science Correspondent Cara Santa Maria speaks with Kevin Folta about the myths and misconceptions surrounding GMOs (genetically modified organisms). HuffPost Science invites you to going the discussion with top scientists covering the latest news in spaceflight, brain/body research, evolution, and the influence of science on culture. HuffPost Science video property is a part of the AOL On Network. Leave us a comment on any Aol video with your thoughts, feedback, and perspective! More Talk Nerdy To Me Read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/talk-nerdy-to-me Follow: http://www.twitter.com/CaraSantaMaria Like: http://www.facebook.com/sciencecara More HuffPost Science Read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/science/ Like: http://www.facebook.com/HuffPostScience Follow: http://en.twitter.com/HuffPostScience
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Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/01/29/Rethinking_How_to_Feed_The_World Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates explains why his philanthropic foundation helps fund genetically modified food research. "You are right on the verge of starvation all the time, so every tool that's safe and appropriate, you at least want to look into," he says. ----- World leaders and CEOs at the Davos 2010 World Economic Forum participate in a panel called Rethinking how to feed the world. The panel discusses the challenges facing global food production and possible solutions that will increase yield and support agricultural producers worldwide. The panel is moderated by Prannoy Roy, Chairman, New Delhi Television (NDTV), India, and panelists included: Jakaya M. Kikwete, William H. Gates III, Ellen Kullman, Nguyen Tan Dung, Patricia A. Woertz, Prannoy Roy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - World Economic Forum William (Bill) H. Gates is chairman of Microsoft Corporation and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/05/05/Michael_Pollan_Deep_Agriculture "The real key to genetic engineering is control of intellectual property of the food crops that we depend on," says author Michael Pollan of companies like Monsanto. He advocates an open source GE model. ----- Farming has become an occupation and cultural force of the past. Michael Pollan's talk promoted the premise -- and hope -- that farming can become an occupation and force of the future. In the past century American farmers were given the assignment to produce lots of calories cheaply, and they did. They became the most productive humans on earth. A single farmer in Iowa could feed 150 of his neighbors. That is a true modern miracle. "American farmers are incredibly inventive, innovative, and accomplished. They can do whatever we ask them, we just need to give them a new set of requirements." - The Long Now Foundation Michael Pollan is the author of The Omnivores Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, a New York Times bestseller. His previous books include The Botany of Desire: A Plants-Eye View of the World (2001); A Place of My Own (1997); and Second Nature (1991). A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003 and the Reuters-I.U.C.N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism. Pollan served for many years as executive editor of Harpers Magazine and is now the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley. His articles have been anthologized in Best American Science Writing 2004, Best American Essays 2003, and the Norton Book of Nature Writing. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, the painter Judith Belzer, and their son, Isaac.