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The Friday Five: Science Edition

The Friday Five: Science Edition

GM videos made, Oz busted, Food Babe called out, meat explained and bananas enhanced: five links to catch you up on the week in food and agriculture.

Healthcare Triage: GMOs: This link takes you to the YouTube page for Healthcare Triage, which puts together videos on a variety of healthcare topics. I'll embed it below, as well, but it's worth clicking on the link and taking a look at some of their other stuff, too. Overall, it's a fair assessment of the GMO issue.  I don't necessarily like the phrase "spray indiscriminately," but he pretty much hits the nail on the head and to describe the whole situation in slightly over 5 minutes is impressive. And he's right; ag's future depends on the ability to communicate science.

Why You Shouldn't Fall for the Internet's Newest Fool, the Food Babe: I'm really loving Forbes these days. You just have to read this one. And shake your head about why in the wide world people listen to the Food Babe. That's like listening to Dr. Oz. Wait. Read on…

Senators to Dr. Oz: Stop Promising Weight-Loss Miracles: It's probably made me a little too pleased to see this story all over my social media feeds this week. But alas, it appears Congress has made an example out of the mystery that is Dr. Oz. “I don't know why you need to say this stuff, because you know it's not true," asked Sen. Claire McCaskill." Why—when you have this amazing megaphone and this amazing ability to communicate—would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?” This piece from The Atlantic is chock full of Dr. Oz's self-inflicted contradictions, and it's worth the read. Surely, he must be embarrassed. Or not. Who knows.

'Super' Banana to Face First Human Trial: This is a quick look at genetically engineered bananas, enriched with alpha and beta carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A. It's a project funded by the Gates Foundation, designed to provide poor and subsistence-farming populations with nutritionally rewarding foods.  They hope to have the bananas in commercial production in Uganda by 2020.

What's in a Food Label? Janeal Yancey is a University of Arkansas meat scientist with a Ph.D., and a mom to two young girls. She writes a blog called Mom at the Meat Counter, and her series right now on labeling has been really good. If ever you want basic facts on hormones, grassfed, natural, organic and more, this is your source.

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