June 26, 2017

24 Comments on Bad News

  1. That’s a real shame Kevin. The podcast is a wonderful resource. Hope you can get it up and running again soon.

    Thanks,

    James

  2. You have support all around the world. Unfortunately critics always shoot at the brightest star. I hope you and your family find some peace knowing how much appreciated you are by everyone who actually understands the issues of feeding the world of tomorrow.

    cheers
    Rob

  3. Kevin, I’m sorry to hear that you have to suspend the podcast. It was VERY informative and gave great insight into the practical and tecchnical aspects of biotechnology. I can only hope that this crusade/smear campaign against you and biotech will pass soon and you can get back to producing this podcast. Please know that A LOT of people support you!

    All my best,
    Brad

  4. Kevin, This is indeed a very bad day. It makes me sick to think that society largely does not care that civil discourse has been replaced by physical attacks, violence, threats, and public smear campaigns. I’ve been told that some biotech supporters in our legislature are leaving because of repeated threats against themselves and their families. This makes me even more resolved to continue to work hard advocating for biotechnology, agriculture, and all of science. Those of us who can do so must continue to speak up. We are working against a very tiny but well funded and well organized group that has nothing else to do but advocate their political agenda, and the law of the land is in their favor. I’m not sure how to address that issue. I do know that the reality of today’s democratic nations, we have rule by loudest minority. We have a new mafia trying to control city hall, the state house, and congress – the anti-science mafia.
    Thank you for the many great contributions to the fight.
    I sincerely hope that an opportunity presents itself in the near future for you to resume what you obviously want to do.
    Regards
    Roy

  5. Oh no! Say it ain’t so! I literally just got out of the car, listening the 023 on way back from school!

    Is there any chance this can be reversed? It was such an interesting podcast! Is it a matter of numbers? Cause you’re not even a couple dozen in, so intertia hasn’t built up yet!

    • John-Jose,

      I can’t say what will happen. Right now I need to be out of the firestorm, and if I can do this again someday I will. Let’s see what happens. I really loved doing it.

  6. Thank you for all you have done to educate the public! We know that this is by no means the end of your and our fight for the truth and science. The truth and science will prevail!

  7. I am furious that you have been bullied to this point. I looked forward to each new episode and found the topics very absorbing. I understand that you have to do what is right for you and your family, but feel that this is a huge setback to the truthful and intelligent communication of the science behind one of the best tools we have for modern agriculture. Your show will be missed and I hope this does not mean you are fully stepping down from science communication.

    Best wishes,
    Jacob

  8. Thank you for everything you’ve done, Dr. Folta.
    I hope one day you can resume doing your podcasts. I truly enjoyed listening to them.
    Thank you so much for your time and effort – it is sincerely appreciated.

  9. Oh, no. This is a sad day, indeed. I am from the Philippines, Kevin, and you have inspired me so much that I almost regret not taking that molecular biology and biotechnology degree. Your experience has brought home, for me, the need to communicate science in as simple a way as possible, to as many people as possible, no matter what age or educational background they have. I have recently found myself talking biotech to my two year old. A two year old! Never too early to get them interested in science. You have inspired so many of us, but I’m sorry that it came at a cost. We hope that you could come back someday and do science communication again. You’re really good at it. Until then, know that your efforts were not wasted.

  10. We need 10, 100 more Kevin Foltas, especially here in Europe where biotech ignorance is so strong. I’m very frustrated by this; the podcast is invaluably informative. At least they can’t undo the work you’ve already done.

  11. Good luck to you sir, you are indeed a scholar and a gentleman, an educator and informer.
    I’m sorry it’s come to this, and appreciate everything you’ve done.

  12. Oh, Kevin! I am so sorry! I loved your podcast. I hope you can get past this and bring it back to us, who want straight talk about GMOs and agriculture.

  13. I saw Ken Burns’ documentary on cancer last week that explained that cigarette advertisers were finally bested by taking advantage of a government law that states that if there is a controversial topic, both sides bust be given equal time on the media. That is how the anti-smoking campaign finally got to get its message about cancer across. could the same be done for GMO to give equal time for hearing both sides?

  14. Dr. Folta –

    It’s upsetting to hear that the harassment has become so overwhelming that you feel that you need to make some distance from the din, though it’s certainly understandable. I discovered your podcast only recently but have admired your grace and persistence/insistence on the evidence through this ordeal. I’ve wondered listening to you “How might I have dealt with similar circumstances?” and am certain my handling would have been deficient. Your graduate students and academic family are lucky to have you.
    Looking forward to your return,
    A Student

  15. The opponents of science will use all sorts of tactics to silence people who are effective in countering them. Please read:
    Three-person embryos: how the mitochondrial donation battle was won
    Author: Mark Henderson
    Publication: The Guardian
    Date: February 13, 2015
    URL: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/feb/05/three-person-embryos-mitochondrial-donation-prof-dough-turnbull

    There is also a lesson of how to deal with the extreme tactics that have been used.

    Ashok Chowgule
    Goa, India.

  16. Powerful Kevin Folta. Your podcast was great.

    “Intelligence hastens to solve problems which life has not even raised yet.
    Wisdom is the art of stopping it.” Nicolas Gomez Davila

    Take care and hopefully cross paths soon.

    Z

  17. I am very sorry to hear this, your podcast has really been great and I have really missed your updates.

    I am sorry too hear that the fanatics is winning. Please let us know if there is something I as a listener can do too support you and your work.

  18. Dear Kevin,
    This is very unfortunate. Your podcast was really good and very informative. I really hope you will continue to work and be a great advocate for science and technology. It is sad to know that millions of people in the developing world are the ones that are paying the price of the anti-science movement. We really need more people like you that can speak for them.
    Thank you,
    Alejandro

  19. Please bring back your podcasts, Dr. Folta. You are a breath of fresh air in this environment of hostility against the scientific method. It makes me sick to read about the tactics that the anti-biotech screamers have used against you & your colleagues. Keep up your good work as soon as it becomes possible for you again.

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