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.
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!
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 It makes me sick to think that society largely does not care that civil discourse has been replaced by physical attacks, violence, threats, and public smear campaigns.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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,
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.
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.