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Environment

The Accidental Crop Cop

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJune 5, 2013 11:13 PM

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I didn't get into journalism to be a media watchdog, but it's become one facet of my career since I started this blog in 2009. Curtis Brainard, the science editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, has taken note of my GMO-related posts and articles and written a nice appraisal. Here's an excerpt:

At Collide-a-Scape, his blog for Discover magazine, and elsewhere, Kloor has made a beat out of policing bad journalism related to GMOs. In the last couple of months alone, he’s taken on some of the biggest names in the media for spouting nonsense about their alleged dangers despite the fact that scientific authorities from AAAS to the World Health Organization have vouched for their safety.

It's gratifying that Curtis and other esteemed peers have periodically recognized my watchdogging. Andy Revkin at Dot Earth has been especially generous. In recent years these folks have also noted some of my climate change commentary, which has been a mainstay of this blog. My probing, unvarnished style is not everybody's taste and nearly everything I write on (from climate change and atheism to GMOs and environmentalism) seems to rankle a good many people. There are also many who applaud my work. The two camps meet and jostle in nearly every comment thread. I'm deeply appreciative of the attention given to this blog by regular readers and my science journalism colleagues.

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