No, Monsanto Isn’t Responsible for Zika, Microcephaly or the Apocalypse.

The worrisome rise in microcephaly cases in Brazil has experts scrambling to determine a cause. Is it the Zika virus? Or is it something else? Most experts believe there is a link between Zika and microcephaly — the World Health Organization says it expects to confirm the link in a matter …


Would You Rather…? On Being Called Shill, Whore or Sanctimommy

A couple of weeks ago, Salon published a piece I wrote entitled “Stop telling me I’m poisoning my kids”: Food crusaders, sancti-mommies and the rise of entitled eaters. Most of the backlash was the usual anti-GMO stuff, but I was a little surprised to see a minor outcry over my use …


Similac Doesn’t Care About Your Outrage

When Similac announced its decision to market GMO free formula last week, some science advocates were outraged. To me, it made perfect sense. GMO free may be no better than ordinary formula, but that makes no difference to Similac. Their customers want a GMO free product. And just like Chipotle, Similac has answered the demand. Monsanto, a company …


MAMyths Goes to Washington, DC

This past Saturday, I flew into DC to be part of the March Against Myths — the first counter-protest to the March Against Monsanto. Like any decent shill, I came in on my private jet, sipping champagne and snacking on corn tinged with the blood of Indian farmers. Apologies if that rhetoric seems extreme. I was …


What Kids Can’t Learn from the GMO Labeling Debate

When it comes to GMOs, I’ve always been content to let you science nerds duke it out. It’s not that I don’t support genetically engineered food. I do, but I’m still a few credits shy of completing that degree in Genetics from Google U and I have a hard time spelling …

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Stop Indoctrinating Children into the Anti-GMO Cult

I find it adorable to see babies and kids with parents at political rallies. Shortly after my 18th birthday, I went to see Al Gore speak and was thrilled by the children towering over the crowd wearing various Democratic Party t-shirts, riding on parents’ shoulders. I have loved Michael Jackson …

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What You Don’t Know About Food Allergies

There’s nothing scarier than the unknown. Especially if you’re a parent. When your kid gets diagnosed with a food allergy, the unknown kind of becomes your new normal. You’ve got tons of questions but there are no answers. What are the chances of cross contamination? What if I missed something on the label? What if she goes into …

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Monsanto Pays Mommy Bloggers?

I was shocked and insulted to read the headline, “Big Food Uses Mommy Bloggers to Shape Public Opinion.” This had been going around on Twitter with whispers that mommy bloggers were getting paid by none other than Monsanto to shill for them. How dare Monsanto pay off mommy bloggers and …

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Monsanto Shill Mom?

From Webster’s New World College Dictionary: Shill- noun: [slang] 1) The confederate of a gambler, pitchman, auctioneer, etc. who pretends to buy so as to lure onlookers into participating. 2) A person who works energetically to sell or promote something. –vi. [slang] To act or work as a shill. Until …

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GMO, Séralini, and March Against Monsanto: It’s Magically Misleading!

If you follow my posts on GP, you know that I’ve been writing a lot about GMOs and genetic engineering. I was planning to lay off the subject for a bit, maybe write about advances in prenatal diagnostics or the wonders of sleep training and okay-to-wake clocks, but I’m compelled …