"Seeds of Doubt"

"Early this spring, the Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva led an unusual pilgrimage across southern Europe. Beginning in Greece, with the international Pan-Hellenic Exchange of Local Seed Varieties Festival, which celebrated the virtues of traditional agriculture, Shiva and an entourage of followers crossed the Adriatic and travelled by bus up the boot of Italy, to Florence, where she spoke at the Seed, Food and Earth Democracy Festival. After a short planning meeting in Genoa, the caravan rolled on to the South of France, ending in Le Mas d’Azil, just in time to celebrate International Days of the Seed."

Michael Specter reports for the New Yorker cover-dated August 25, 2014.


"New Yorker’s Portrayal of An Anti-GMO Activist: a Study in Avoiding the False Balance Trap" (Knight Science Journalism Tracker at MIT)

"Keith Kloor: Trash-Talking the Enviros – Or Just Talking Trash?" (GMWatch)

"Why Vandana Shiva Is So Right And Yet So Wrong" (Grist)

"Seeds of Truth – A response to The New Yorker" (Vandana Shiva)

"The GMO-Suicide Myth" (Issues in Science and Technology)

"Discover Blogger Keith Kloor Stumbles Into Nest of Questionable Studies And Reporting on GMOs And Multiple Ailments." (Knight Science Journalism Tracker)

"After Farmers Commit Suicide, Debts Fall on Families in India" (New York Times)

"The Seeds Of Suicide: How Monsanto Destroys Farming" (Global Research)

"Activist: Farmer Suicides in India Linked To Debt, Globalization" (CNN)

"The Little Seed Library That Could … Get Busted By a State Ag Department" (Grist)

"GMOs, Journalism, and False Balance" (Discover)

"Crop Cop" (Columbia Journalism Review)

"Donations Pour in to Influence GMO Debate, But Are They Being Disclosed?" (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Source: New Yorker, 08/22/2014