We would like to thank everyone who visited the Project’s table or made gift donations to The Bioscience Resource Project at last Saturday’s Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair. We also thank our board members and volunteers who staffed the Project’s table and the Gift Fair’s own volunteers who made it a smooth-running success.

We encourage all our readers to consider supporting the Project’s work in 2015 by making a small donation to the Bioscience Resource Project — either through our own website or by going to the Alternative Gift Fair website where you can donate now through 31 December 2014.

As a volunteer organization with low overheads, every donation makes a big difference to our work. Thank you for supporting and using our public interest science media.

On Saturday, we offered gift fair shoppers the following options, which are still available online:

A $5 gift to the Project helps bring a leading public interest scientist to Ithaca to speak about food and agriculture.

A $10 gift provides reading materials for an Ithaca Freeskool class on the Ethics and Politics of Science (Learn more later in this post).

A $15 gift contributes to a local OneHealth workshop: Connecting Environment, Biology and Culture (Learn more about OneHealth later in this post).

A $25 gift helps fund open-access publication of a scientific paper on GMO risk assessment.

A $$ gift of any amount will support the Independent Science News website – investigative reporting in the public interest.

Ethics and Politics of Science Class
Class participants will gain an understanding of political
forces influencing scientists and science, and thus society.
Reading materials and refreshments provided. Topics we
will explore: Who defines Public Interest Science? What is
a scientific conflict of interest? Who bears responsibility
for the ethical practice and use of science? Suppressing
dissent in science: The corporate playbook for controlling
scientific discourse; Science and democracy: control,
participation, scale, and non-violence; The role of the
science media; Is corporate science pseudoscience? Class
1: Intro to the issues. Class 2. Specific examples in food
and agriculture. Class 3: Specific examples in human
genetics and disease research.

Ithaca OneHealth Workshop
The Bioscience Resource Project
OneHealth is an idea based on the interconnectedness
of individual, societal, and environmental health. It
includes a belief in the intrinsic value of human and
non-human life and the natural world. It is rooted in
compassion and it embraces diversity. OneHealth
thinking can be used to identify and address the root
causes of climate change, pollution, ill-health, hunger,
inequality, and other social and environmental issues.
This workshop will explore the concept of OneHealth
using food and agriculture as a starting point. We will
contrast OneHealth thinking with Techno-tweaking as
we examine the impact of different types of food and
agricultural systems on health, democracy, ethics, and
the environment. We will look at some examples of
OneHealth thinking in the scientific literature and in
practice. We will discuss how OneHealth could work in
our community.

For more information about classes or workshops in 2015 contact us at: http://bsr.wpengine.com/contact-us/