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Biofortified Launches “Cookies and Science” Campaign to Support Girl Scouts

From teamwork, to setting up a campsite and making crafts, Anastasia Bodnar learned a lot during her years as a Girl Scout — and today, she is deeply proud of her experience. Last month, Bodnar, who is a PhD maize geneticist, became even more proud when the Girl Scouts of America stood up to a relentless campaign by anti-GMO activists.

Food Science Students Ask “Food Babe”: Show Us Evidence

In late January, six food science graduate students had heard enough from the Food Babe. Weary of hearing misinformation about food science and tired of watching attacks on their profession go unchallenged, the students published an open letter to Vani Hari, aka the Food Babe — an Internet activist who has amassed a huge following by attacking what she perceives as threats to people’s health from the foods they eat.

British Scientists Develop GE Plant That Could Make Fish Farming More Sustainable

Scientists in the UK have made major progress in addressing one of the seafood industry’s biggest environmental challenges. Last month, Rothamsted Research announced that a GE camelina plant had been successfully fed to farmed Atlantic salmon. A false flax widely grown for seed oil, the camelina plant had been enhanced with genes from marine algae, which produces the coveted Omega 3-rich fish oil. 

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