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Author Michael Pollan Fills In the GMO, NYT Blanks

One of the lessons here is be careful what you tweet before unplugging for summer vacation.

On July 28, author Michael Pollan made a Twitter observation about a New York Times investigation into genetically modified oranges authored by Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Harmon; his tweet set the Internet on fire. Today, Columbia Journalism Review contributor Alexis Sobel Fitts shares the highlights of a much longer telephone conversation with Pollan.

The erudite CJR reader comments are already coming in. Pollan basically runs through the GMO industry “talking points” that he cryptically referred to in his original tweet. Starting with:

Talking Point 1 The idea that GM products have received extensive safety testing—including long-term feeding trials—is a common industry talking point. The truth is American regulators haven’t required any feeding trials; Europeans have, but they’re not long, only 90 days.

Here are the two phrases from Harmon’s piece that he’s talking about…

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Reverse Discrimination? Mr. Golden Globe Getting a Lot Less Press Than Miss Golden Globe

If not for the Wall Street Journal, it would be almost impossible these past few days to realize that there will actually be two celebrity offspring officially helping out at Sunday’s Golden Globes.

Clint Eastwood‘s 19-year-old daughter Francesca (Miss Golden Globe) is all over the media map, confessing 25 things people don’t know about her to US magazine, five similar tidbits to ABC News and getting tons more ink from the likes of ET and The Daily Mail. Sam Fox on the other hand (Mr. Golden Globe, pictured), a 23-year-old chip off the old Michael J. block, must make MSM-do with some WSJ coverage. But at least in that article he’s properly accounted for:

Fox, who lives in the West Village, is the director of business development and strategy at Farmers Web, a startup platform for small and medium-size farms to sell goods to restaurants and other wholesale buyers. “I’ve always been interested in food,” said Fox, whose uncle Michael Pollan wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma. “Right now I’m really into kale.”

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Jonathan Gold, Ruth Reichl and Others on the State of Food Journalism

Up until Jonathan Gold in 2007, no food critic had ever won the Pulitzer Prize. Now, thanks to Gold, Michael Pollan and the dawn of Yelp, food writing has taken on a whole new importance in the cultural consciousness. Poynter’s Dawn Fallik put together a series of interviews with prominent food editors and writers on the emerging impact of food writing.

Here’s Gold discussing, presumably, Yelp–although he doesn’t say it by name.

The online food world runs the gamut. Some of it is good because there is so much food information out there. And some of it is less good because there are so many people reporting news that is so little news.

The public has a power they didn’t used to. I’m certainly an expert on a lot of things, but you always have readers who know more than you do, and these days they have a voice.

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FBLA Exclusive Interview With This is Why You’re Fat Co-Founder

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We’re obsessed with ThisisWhyYoureFat.com. We are. It’s like a watching a deep-fried bacon-infused lava lamp – mesmerizing.

Jessica Amason, Lead Blogger for AOL’s Urlesque.com and co-founder of the site ThisisWhyYoureFat.com sat down with us for a little Q&A.

FBLA:Is this satire or food porn?

JA:It’s both really. Some of these items are horrifying, some are enticing and some (the best ones) have a little of both. The fact that these gnarly items are given the “food porn” treatment, i.e. simple design, image-heavy with little text, is a bit silly. We often call what we do: “junk-food porn.”

FBLA: When does the book come out?

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