My post was originally published by the Genetic Literacy Project, (9.7.13):
The dust has yet to settle more than a week after Michael Pollan’s backhanded attack on Amy Harmon’s New York Times story on the GMOs, “A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA” — with Tom Philpott, writer for Mother Jones, now coming to Pollan’s defense.
Harmon’s analysis on the efforts by growers and scientists to save Florida oranges from a deadly bacterium received an enormously positive reaction from journalists and scientists; however, the story elicited an odd quote from Pollan, a well-known food writer and skeptic of biotechnology — and even more recently, from Philpott.
Read full, original story here: Mother Jones’s Philpott supports Pollan “talking points” attack on NYTimes GM orange story
- “The Missouri Table: A Response to Ethical Foodies From a ‘Factory Farmer’,” American
- “Terrific story on hope for a citrus greening-proofed orange; Michael Pollan tweet gets smack down,” Knight Science Journalism
- “Philpott faux pas: Shills, semantics, and a defense of the science writing community,” Genetic Literacy Project