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Jon Entine
Jon Entine is founder and director of the independent grant-funded Genetic Literacy Project, and a senior fellow at the World Food Center Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at the University of California-Davis. He has been a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute since 2002.

Entine writes for academic and popular publications around the world and is a frequent television and radio commentator on business issues, including CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Fox Business, NPR, and BBC. He has written and edited seven books, including two on population genetics and two on agriculture.

Before launching his consulting and writing career, Entine spent 19 years as a network television news producer, winning more than twenty awards including Emmys for specials on the reform movements in China and the Soviet Union. He has produced news magazine programs at ABC News and CBS News, an entertainment special for NBC on the Miss America Pageant, and was Tom Brokaw’s long-time producer at NBC News, where he was also the executive-in-charge of documentaries.

In 1989, Brokaw and Entine collaborated to write and produce Black Athletes: Fact and Fiction, named Best International Sports Film of 1989). It led to his best-selling book, Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We are Afraid to Talk About It (Public Affairs, 2000), which was reissued in 2007.

Entine graduated from Trinity College (Hartford) in 1974 with a degree in philosophy and earned a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Michigan in 1981-1982. He is on the board of Sense About Science-US and the Jewish Community Relations Council in Cincinnati, where he resides.

Entries by Jon Entine

Glyphosate Chemophobia Grips Sonoma County: Sprayers Don Hazmat Suits, Respirators After Switch to 'Safer' Organic Weed Killers

(5) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 8:29 PM

If you've followed the often acrimonious debate over GMOs in foods, you've probably seen pictures of farmers walking through corn and soy fields bedecked in hazardous material suits and respirators. Why do they wear protective gear? According to anti-GMO activists, they are protecting themselves from glyphosate, a chemical often paired...

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Teen Anti-GMO Crusader Rachel Parent: Idealist Or Pawn Of Father's Supplement Business?

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 9:09 PM

This story is co-authored with David Warmflash, physician and science writer.

Imagine. You come home after a hard day at school. You're hungry, so you reach for a bag of delicious corn chips. You don't know what's in there because there's no label, so you eat it...

OMG, there's GMOs...

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Organic Industry Funded Studies Claim Healthier Milk and Meat -- Independent Scientists? "No Evidence"

(8) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 10:40 AM

Co-authored with Andrew Porterfield.

Are organic foods nutritionally better for you? If you are determined to make that claim despite hundreds of independent studies showing that's not what the science says, here is what you might do:

Cherry pick studies, many funded by the organic industry; have the data...
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Denialism and the 'Scientific Consensus': Naomi Oreskes' Attacks on Nuclear Energy and GMOs Expose Deep Divide Among Environmentalists

(15) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 11:10 AM

"We can think of scientific knowledge as a consensus of experts."
--Naomi Oreskes

"There is a tendency among public intellectuals who are entirely reasonable in some areas to descend into the promotion of pseudoscience in others.
--Debunking Denialism, on Oreskes

Climate change scientists and journalists are still boiling...

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Wild Bees Disappearing? Another Month, Another Bungled Bee Study

(8) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 3:25 PM

As the Washington Post headlined in a July story, "Call off the bee-apocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high." Now that the world entomological community is in general agreement that the United States and global honeybee population is not, and has never been, threatened with extinction by pesticides, the...

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Why We Oppose GMO Labeling: Science and the Law

(306) Comments | Posted December 27, 2015 | 5:38 PM

Co-authored by Bruce Chassy and Jon Entine

This is Part III of a III part series.
Part I: "Although Some GMO Sympathizers Embrace Mandatory Labeling, It's A Disaster In Waiting", is readable here.
Part II" "The Real Cost Of Mandatory GMO Labeling", is readable

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Chipotle's Sustainability Hypocrisy Could Eclipse Its Food Poisoning Fiasco

(9) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 8:56 AM

Add Pennsylvania to the list of Chipotle poisoning outbreak states.

Co-author: Andrew Porterfield

The number of recent food poisoning cases linked to the fast-food restaurant soared this week to more than 500 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing 6 additional cases in four more...

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The Real Cost Of Mandatory GMO Labeling

(52) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 8:55 AM

Co-authored by Bruce Chassy and Jon Entine

This is Part II of a III part series. Part I: "Although Some GMO Sympathizers Embrace Mandatory Labeling, It's A Disaster In Waiting", is readable here.

Proponents of mandatory labeling often claim that it's a no brainer.

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Although Some GMO Sympathizers Embrace Mandatory Labeling, It's A Disaster In Waiting

(14) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 3:19 PM

Co-authored by Bruce Chassy and Jon Entine

GMO labeling issue will be coming to a head in 2016 on a number of fronts:

  • Vermont's mandatory labeling bill, which is being appealed, is set to go into effect in July.
  • Congress is debating whether to supercede the Vermont law...
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Anti-GMO Groups Pledge Legal Action to Block FDA Approval of GMO Salmon

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 2:59 PM

The first genetically engineered animal approved for consumption could be on your dinner table within two years if anti-GMO groups do not succeed in their attempts to block it.

After languishing in regulatory purgatory for almost 20 years, an Atlantic salmon whose genes have been tweaked to grow twice as...

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As Gary Hirshberg Emerges as Face of Anti-GMO Labeling Movement, Science Takes a Hit

(21) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 4:01 PM

Co-Author: Bruce Chassy, professor Emeritus of Food Safety and Nutritional Sciences from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For years, the leadership faces of the anti-GMO community and the mandatory labeling movement--and make no mistake they are one and...

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Will Über-Athletes Undermine the Future of Sports?

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 3:43 PM

Could athletic enhancement revolutionize--or undermine--competitive athletics?

It is sport's doomsday scenario: a new generation of bioengineered performance-enhancing agents that can transform also-rans into gold medalists. Imagine athletes injecting artificial genes right into their muscles--a virtually undetectable act that would give them the sinewy muscles of a cougar, or endurance like...

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The Story of the Birds and the Bees: The Neonic Catastrophe That Never Was

(12) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Like the fictional parents in the edgy comedy show South Park who blame Canada for all of their woes, environmentals often coalesce around an issue and then come up with a simple but sometimes simplistic narrative to anchor their advocacy.

We've seen that with fracking, which is often blamed for...

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Anatomy Of A Smear Attack on GMO Supporting Scientists

(40) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 12:59 PM

This post was co-written with Val Giddings

Recently on the Huffington Post we came across a disturbing article - an attack by Jeffrey Smith on two respected university professors who apply a critical eye to the claims made by various advocates alleging dangers to human health linked to...

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Were Ancient Mystics Onto Something? Review Of Norman Doidge's "The Brain's Way of Healing"

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Review by Judith Glaser and Jon Entine of Norman Doidge's The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

At the age of 18 months, Will was showing autistic like...

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'Neonics Not Key Driver of Bee Deaths'--USDA Study May Clash With White House Poised to Restrict Pesticide

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 12:26 AM

Even as a special White House created task force is poised any day now to address concerns over supposedly vanishing honeybees, new research suggests that the very premise of the federal investigation may be misplaced.

Last summer, President Obama asked the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate conflicting reports...

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Evolution's Deadly Tradeoffs? Diseases That Can Kill Us May Also Save Lives And Increase IQ

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 1:05 PM

What if you were told that diseases--even life threatening ones--can be a good thing, at least for some people

Is it possible that some of the maladies that plague us have helped humans survive and even thrive through evolutionary history?

Could it be that mutant genes may actually make endogamous...

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AAAS Scientists: Consensus on GMO Safety Firmer Than For Human-Induced Climate Change

(49) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 2:10 PM

In sharp contrast to public views about GMOs, 89% of scientists believe genetically modified foods are safe.

That's the most eye-opening finding in a Pew Research Center study on science literacy, undertaken in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and released on January 29.

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"Eco-Warrior" Vandana Shiva, at $40,000 a Speech, Rejoins Hawaii Anti-GMO Crusade, But Truth Is the Victim

(26) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 12:34 PM

She's baaack, and it's not good news for science literacy, farmers and food-minded Hawaiians.

I'm referring to Vandana Shiva, the Indian anti-GMO crusader who kicked off a five-day blitz through Hawaii with a talk-and-music fest at the Capitol Building on Wednesday.

It's a grand tour, marked by private fund-raising pitches...

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Bee Experts Dismantle Touted 'Harvard' Neonics-Colony Collapse Disorder Study As 'Activist Science'

(23) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 6:45 PM

Chensheng Lu was in his element last month at a speech before a green group at Harvard Law School. The School of Public Health professor was lecturing on his favorite topic--his only subject these days, as it has become his obsession: why he believes bees around the world...

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