Michael Neff, Ph.D.
Washington State University
I am a sophomore Biology major at Stony Brook University, and for as long as I can remember I've loved learning about the environment. In high school, I remember frequently discussing genetically engineered foods in my nutrition and environmental science courses, and I always found it interesting that such a well-researched field would still be so heavily doubted by the public. When I saw that there was an opportunity to continue the conversation about GE foods with the public through the Grow More Foundation I was immediately intrigued, and wanted to help. By working with GMF I have been able to start using scientific research to understand and improve the relationship the public has to GE foods, and to have the important dialogues necessary to eliminate the false claims around GE foods.
"Although I am a computer science student at Stony Brook University, my passion for biology cannot be discounted. When I learned of the technology that can be applied to biology, I was enamored. However, the stigma that was created around this technology was disappointing, yet expected. I have a personal belief that the best judgement can only be made when all of the information is presented, and digging around I found that biotechnology with bad names, like GMOs and GE foods, were not to blame. Skewing and hiding information are. Therefore I am thrilled to be working with the Grow More Foundation to reach and inform the public of all the things they should have known in the first place."
Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
"I am a Senior at Stony Brook University, majoring in Biology with a specialty in Neuroscience. I grew up being told my parents that genetically modified organisms are "bad". One day I asked myself 'why?' and after doing some research I realized that genetic engineering plants wasn't as bad as my parents made out and that there is nothing to be afraid of. I became passionate about spreading the positive aspects of GE, what it can do for us and our planet. Interning at Grow more Foundation has allowed me to take steps towards this goal."
"I’m a Junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majoring in Biological Engineering and minoring in science policy. I’ve been passionate about genetically-engineered crops and their potential in addressing issues of global food security since I first learned about them in high school. Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly frustrated by the deleterious misinformation and hysteria that dominates public discourse about GE crops. This summer I finally decided to do something about it and interned with the Grow More Foundation, working on developing a social media strategy and platform to reshape consumers’ perception of GE crops by sharing the perspectives of relatable, everyday people."
Fall 2016 & Spring 2017
"I am a Senior at Stony Brook University, majoring in Biology. First and foremost I am a plant lover. Be it cultivating a garden, maintaining a collection of orchids, or caring for seedlings destined for a lab, plants are a constant presence in my life. These are the values I would like to give back to the world around me, specifically through the agricultural industry. The Grow More Foundation provides a unique opportunity to spread knowledge regarding GE crops (seeds?). The gravity of the current GE situation and the distinct misunderstandings around it demand an unbiased source of information and the Grow More Foundation rose to meet this need. I couldn’t imagine a more meaningful and rewarding cause to devote my time to."