A Look Across Continents at the Public & Plant Biotech
Oxford University Press has published a new edited volume featuring research on public opinion and media coverage of the plant biotech debate in the US, Europe, Africa, India,and Brazil. The volume is edited by Dominique Brossard and James Shanahan, professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University respectively, along with Clint Nesbitt, a scientist at USDA.
Below is a table of contents. I contributed the chapter on "Where Do Science Debates Come From?," co-authored with Mike Huge, a graduate student I worked with at Ohio State.
Table of Contents
-Perspectives on communication about agricultural biotechnology.
-Public perceptions of agricultural biotechnology in Britain: the case of genetically modified foods.
-German reactions to genetic engineering in food production.
-Mass media and public perceptions of red and green biotechnology. A case study from Switzerland.
-Genetically Modified Foods: U.S. Public Opinion Research Polls.
-Biotechnology and consumer information.
-What do Brazilians think about transgenics?
-Where do science debates come from? Understanding attention cycles and framing.
-Opinion climates, spirals of silence, and biotechnology; Public opinion as a heuristic for scientific decision-making.
-The hostile media effect and opinions about biotechnology.
-Risk communication, risk beliefs, and democracy: The case of agricultural biotechnology
-The GEO-PIE Project: Case study of web-based outreach at Cornell University, USA.
-Governing controversial technologies: Consensus conferences as a communication tool.
-The Bt corn experience in the Philippines: A multi-stakeholder convergence.
-Food aid crisis and communication about GM foods: Experience from Southern Africa.
-Approval process and adoption of Bollgard Cotton in India :A private company perspective.
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- As a teenager, founder of Bulletproof, Dave Asprey, began experiencing health issues that typically plague older adults.
- After surrounding himself with anti-aging researchers and scientists, he discovered the tools of biohacking could dramatically change his life and improve his health.
- He's now confident he'll live to at least 180 years old. "It turns out that those tools that make older people young make younger people kick ass," he says.
French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
- The French government initially invested in a rural solar roadway in 2016.
- French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
- Solar panel "paved" roadways are proving to be inefficient and too expensive.
A new study estimated the untapped potential of wind energy across Europe.
- A new report calculated how much electricity Europe could generate if it built onshore wind farms on all of its exploitable land.
- The results indicated that European onshore wind farms could supply the whole world with electricity from now until 2050.
- Wind farms come with a few complications, but the researchers noted that their study was meant to highlight the untapped potential of the renewable energy source in Europe.