Podcast: Skeptic Check: OMG, GMO?

Once a month the Big Picture Science Podcast does something called “Skeptic Check” where they do a more in-depth look at various topics.  The latest episode was about asking questions about the safety of GMO.  This is a topic I take very seriously because I think GM or GE food will be a big driver towards feeding the world and helping the environment.  As a vegan, I come across anti-GMO sentiment all the time and it’s usually based in awful, terrible science.  It’s the same kind of anti-science views that have infected the conservative and sometimes libertarian views on climate change.  GMO and climate change mitigation will be very much intertwined in the future, in my opinion.

This episode was pretty good, overall.  I wish the hosts had been tougher on the anti-GMO representative, but I’m sure I’m biased.  I just felt the the arguments presented against GMO were really GMO related, but really just aspects of all farming.  The need for crop rotation, new seeds every year, no-till soil management exist no matter what farming method you use.  I thought it was interesting that non-GMO seeds, so-called “hybrids” can  not be used for more than one year either.  That’s typically considered a GMO trait.

It should also be noted, as mentioned in this podcast, almost none of the food we eat exists in nature.  It’s all engineered by humans to suit our needs. Non-GMO breeding is essentially throwing a couple strains together and see what happens.  It’s why we have so-called “killer bees”.  GMO is attempting to move only a few genes a time, but genes we know something about.  The latter seems safer to me.

In any case, if you’d like listen, go to http://radio.seti.org or download the episode here.

Vegan Meetup at TAM 2012

At last year’s TAM, a couple vegans, who I’d never bet before, Dave and Jaime, organized a vegan meetup.  It was cool to meet other skeptical vegans, who had similar views on how skepticism and veganism are related.  The meetup was a success, in my opinion, and so it’s being done again.  Jamie does a full write up here:

http://skepticalvegan.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/the-amazng-meeting-2012/

I didn’t get to go to Yayo Taco last year, but looking forward to it this year.  We might also have a couple other ideas we’ll try, so it should be interesting.  If you’re a vegan and going to TAM ping me @shanepbrady or Jamie @skepticalvegan.  I’m pretty familiar with Vegas, I always rent a car, and anyone that needs runs to Whole Foods or some other place for vegan food, should hit me up for help.

On an unrelated note on the surface, there is still a lot of negativity from a certain blog network that I will no longer name, that I personally think has sunk into legally slanderous territory.  It makes some people sad, and it accomplishes almost nothing any more. 

I’m an optimist at the core, I always want to keep moving forward.  Some issues were raised in the latest blog battle that were legitimate, mistakes were made, and there is always room for improvement.  One reason I’m going to TAM is to help improve TAM,  to talk to people, and this is key, face to face.  There are a couple people on Twitter, comments, blogs that I think are are incorrect on a few points, and I’d like to have an actual real discussion in person.  That’s what TAM is for.  Blogs are great for surfacing and reporting on information, and almost always dreadful for discussion.

Because of this chance to work face to face, I see big opportunities in the face of strife and a movement/conference seemingly coming apart.  My philosophy in building software and myself, is you need to tear it down to build it up better.  I see a lot of that happening now.

Vegan Meetup at TAM 2012

At last year’s TAM, a couple vegans, who I’d never bet before, Dave and Jaime, organized a vegan meetup.  It was cool to meet other skeptical vegans, who had similar views on how skepticism and veganism are related.  The meetup was a success, in my opinion, and so it’s being done again.  Jamie does a full write up here:

http://skepticalvegan.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/the-amazng-meeting-2012/

I didn’t get to go to Yayo Taco last year, but looking forward to it this year.  We might also have a couple other ideas we’ll try, so it should be interesting.  If you’re a vegan and going to TAM ping me @shanepbrady or Jamie @skepticalvegan.  I’m pretty familiar with Vegas, I always rent a car, and anyone that needs runs to Whole Foods or some other place for vegan food, should hit me up for help.

On an unrelated note on the surface, there is still a lot of negativity from a certain blog network that I will no longer name, that I personally think has sunk into legally slanderous territory.  It makes some people sad, and it accomplishes almost nothing any more. 

I’m an optimist at the core, I always want to keep moving forward.  Some issues were raised in the latest blog battle that were legitimate, mistakes were made, and there is always room for improvement.  One reason I’m going to TAM is to help improve TAM,  to talk to people, and this is key, face to face.  There are a couple people on Twitter, comments, blogs that I think are are incorrect on a few points, and I’d like to have an actual real discussion in person.  That’s what TAM is for.  Blogs are great for surfacing and reporting on information, and almost always dreadful for discussion.

Because of this chance to work face to face, I see big opportunities in the face of strife and a movement/conference seemingly coming apart.  My philosophy in building software and myself, is you need to tear it down to build it up better.  I see a lot of that happening now.

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fuck yeah vegan pizza: Pesto Chicken Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce & A VEGAN JUNK FOOD COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!

veganpizzafuckyeah:

People! Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite cookbook, Vegan Junk Food by Lane Gold!

Jalapeno Bacon Poppers. Boston Cream Pie. Butterfinger Chunk Cookies. Spring Rolls. Beer Brat-Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms with Steak Fries. Mocha Cheesecake Brownies. Mac and Cheese Bake….

fuck yeah vegan pizza: Pesto Chicken Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce & A VEGAN JUNK FOOD COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!

fuck yeah vegan pizza: Pesto Chicken Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce & A VEGAN JUNK FOOD COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!

veganpizzafuckyeah:

People! Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite cookbook, Vegan Junk Food by Lane Gold!

Jalapeno Bacon Poppers. Boston Cream Pie. Butterfinger Chunk Cookies. Spring Rolls. Beer Brat-Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms with Steak Fries. Mocha Cheesecake Brownies. Mac and Cheese Bake….

Eat pizza, win free stuff. Also: a mini-giveaway from The Radical Uprise!

veganpizzafuckyeah:

Hey friends! Do you love vegan pizza? Of course you do! You have a pulse, don’t you?

Now through Monday afternoon (1/30/12), take a pic of your vegan pizza and share it with us at fuck yeah vegan pizza for a chance to win one of three prize packages stuffed with goodies from Tofurky, Daiya, Lightlife, Gardein, Nasoya, Tofutti, Field Roast, Bob’s Red Mill, and Upton’s Naturals (for US & Canadian readers) – or a ginormous box of vegan meats and cheeses from Redwood Foods (for mainland UK residents).*

Even if you lose the giveaway, you still win at life! (Because you have pizza, duh!) Click through for the deets.

How about a giveaway within a giveaway, Inception styley?

Reblog this post to win a set of four vegan buttons I bought from The Radical Uprise on etsy (pictured below) and one slice o’ pizza key chain.

I’ll ship this prize anywhere in the world, so the only requirement is that you reside on planet Earth. This mini-giveaway closes Sunday night, January 29th, at 10PM US Central time and I’ll choose and announce a winner shortly thereafter.**

Good luck, and stay saucy!

* Sorry, super-sexy leopard-print bedspread not included!

** Sorry, uber-adorable, shabby chic sunflower dresser not included!

Eat pizza, win free stuff. Also: a mini-giveaway from The Radical Uprise!

veganpizzafuckyeah:

Hey friends! Do you love vegan pizza? Of course you do! You have a pulse, don’t you?

Now through Monday afternoon (1/30/12), take a pic of your vegan pizza and share it with us at fuck yeah vegan pizza for a chance to win one of three prize packages stuffed with goodies from Tofurky, Daiya, Lightlife, Gardein, Nasoya, Tofutti, Field Roast, Bob’s Red Mill, and Upton’s Naturals (for US & Canadian readers) – or a ginormous box of vegan meats and cheeses from Redwood Foods (for mainland UK residents).*

Even if you lose the giveaway, you still win at life! (Because you have pizza, duh!) Click through for the deets.

How about a giveaway within a giveaway, Inception styley?

Reblog this post to win a set of four vegan buttons I bought from The Radical Uprise on etsy (pictured below) and one slice o’ pizza key chain.

I’ll ship this prize anywhere in the world, so the only requirement is that you reside on planet Earth. This mini-giveaway closes Sunday night, January 29th, at 10PM US Central time and I’ll choose and announce a winner shortly thereafter.**

Good luck, and stay saucy!

* Sorry, super-sexy leopard-print bedspread not included!

** Sorry, uber-adorable, shabby chic sunflower dresser not included!