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Robert Wager


Robert Wager has a BSc in microbiology and a master’s in biochemistry and molecular biology, all from the University of British Columbia. A faculty member in the Biology Department of the Vancouver Island University for seventeen years, he has been giving public talks and writing articles for the general public about genetically modified crops and food for more than a decade.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Mystery Of The ‘Rogue Wheat’

by Henry I. Miller, Robert Wagervia Daily Caller
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The headline read: “How did GMO wheat end up in an Alberta field?” How indeed? (We have a theory.) In the summer of 2017, a contractor applied the popular weed-killer glyphosate (brand name Roundup®) to clear some weeds along an oil and gas service road. (Glyphosate is a very effective herbicide that controls hundreds of different weeds.) When wheat plants did not die after the contractor applied the herbicide, he contacted the authorities.

Analysis and Commentary

Agricultural Biotechnology Is Much More Than Herbicide-Tolerant Crops

by Henry I. Miller, Robert Wagervia Journal of Commercial Biotechnology
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (GE) plants have been a lightning rod for activists, who regularly attack them, citing a number of spurious objections. Contrary to their claims, the plants do not contain herbicides; rather they are resistant to the herbicides, in order to make weed control – an essential aspect of farming – more efficient and cost-effective. But molecular genetic engineering applied to crops has made monumental contributions in addition to herbicide-resistance, and these are discussed.

Analysis and Commentary

'Advocacy Research' Discredits Science And Aids Unprincipled Activism

by Henry I. Miller, Robert Wagervia Forbes
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The scientific research enterprise today is in something of a quandary. Various empirical studies show that 80-90% of the claims coming from scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals fail to replicate. (To simplify that statistic, that’s equivalent to only a 10-20%  success rate for recipes from a cookbook.)

Analysis and Commentary

Dirty Secrets Of Fraudulent ‘Advocacy Research’

by Henry I. Miller, Robert Wagervia National Review
Friday, February 26, 2016

Scientific publishing is in crisis. A number of empirical studies have shown that 80 to 90 percent of the claims coming from scientific studies in major journals fail to replicate.

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A (Genetically-Modified) Apple a Day...

by Henry I. Miller, Robert Wagervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 6, 2012

...keeps the browning away. So why are growers resisting it?