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The NPR/IQ2US Debate on GMOs Featured Article

On Dec. 3, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) livestreamed a debate on GMOs. Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robb Fraley and Alison Van Eenennaam, a genomics and biotechnology scientist at the University of California-Davis, argued the positive case for GMOs against Charles Benbrook, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Margaret Mellon, a science policy consultant and former senior scientist for Union of Concerned Scientists.

IQ2US is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to restore civility, reasoned analysis and constructive public discourse to today’s often biased media landscape. IQ2US reaches millions through radio, television, live streaming, … Full Article »

Civilized Debate in an Uncivilized Medium Featured Article

By Amalia
Vegetables Division

Debate is a critical part of our cultural heritage in the United States.  The right, even the responsibility, to debate ideas is something that is engraved onto our spirits so deeply that it often defines us.  Our right to not only debate, but to protest peacefully is, after all, guaranteed by the Constitution.  It is a pillar on which our country was founded.

Vigorous but polite disagreement is critical to the formation of new ideas.  When our views are challenged, we have to either support our ideas with evidence or find new ways of thinking.  In … Full Article »