Sound science meets good journalism

Sound science meets good journalism

Feb 2
Marla Todd, Associate Director of Advancement Communications

As an agricultural communications graduate, I am delighted when good journalism shares sound science. On a recent Sunday morning, the hairs on the back of my neck prickled when I heard mention of an upcoming GMO food story on one of my favorite news programs, CBS Sunday Morning. Let’s be honest, big media isn’t always fair to American agriculture.

Instead, what followed was a well-informed, fair, educated 10-minute piece representing sound science. It addressed the reasons for genetically modified organisms – disease resistance, reduction in fertilizer and herbicide use, nutrient additives, to name a few. Impacts, including solving nutrient deficiencies around the globe, were also included. This is not just an issue we in developed countries can consider from our own perspective. Differing viewpoints were also included.

The piece indeed impressed me, but it also made me question if the general population has been so far distanced from the basic aspects of genetic modification that we are no longer actually debating the science. Is it time to get back to the basics?

Later this month, the College of ACES will take to Twitter to bring the GMO discussion back to the facts, based in core science. Join Dr. Steve Moose for "GMOs Revealed" - a one-hour chat on Feb. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. He'll be answering your questions live on Twitter with #askACES.