Over the past century, some 3 to 5 billion trees have succumbed to the ravages of chestnut blight, an exotic pathogen inadvertently introduced from Asia. Now researchers Charles Maynard and William Powell have found a way to reverse that deadly cycle.
On an uncharacteristically sunny afternoon in Salem, Oregon, Dr. Vandana Shiva came face to face with science activism. We, the protesters, were a self-described bunch of “science nerds” from MAMyths, Vegan GMO, and PDX Skeptics in the Pub.
Former Cornell librarian Jaron Porciello reflects on the February 25 New York Times Editorial on GMO labeling, wherein the editorial board flippantly asserts: “There is no harm in providing consumers more information about their food. A study published in the journal Food Policy in 2014 found that labels about genetic modification did not influence what people thought about those foods.”
I arrived in Liberia this fall with a travel grant from Cornell Alliance for Science to investigate how the region was recovering, and learned that while there were no current cases of Ebola, farmers continued to be affected by the epidemic. Food insecurity reached a third of the population.
While attending college at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Susan Miyasaka was deeply moved by accounts of global famines. Her sentiments prompted her to become an agronomist — a scientist who studies large scale crops.
Whether it's shearing sheep in her native Australia, collecting bull semen on a cattle ranch in Texas, or using biotechnology to breed better animals, Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam has devoted her career to livestock.