Genetic Literacy Project

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Genetic Literacy Project
Genetic Literacy Project Logo.jpg
TypeNon-profit organization
HeadquartersCincinnati, Ohio USA
Region served
Executive Director
Jon Entine[1]
Managing Editor
Tim Barker
Parent organization
Science Literacy Project [2]
AffiliationsEpigenetics Literacy Project
Gene-ius Project [2]

The Genetic Literacy Project (GLP) is an organization that describes itself as dedicated to promoting public awareness and discussion of genetics, biotechnology, evolution and science literacy.[2] It was founded by Jon Entine, a science writer and consultant who serves as its executive director. The staff produces articles focusing on human genetics as well as on food and farming issues, including genetic engineering, the use and impact of crop protection chemicals and pollinator health. It also aggregates articles from various published sources.


The staff cover topics on genetically modified organisms (GMO) in agriculture and epigenetics, the expression of genes in humans and animals in the context of their environment (GLP has a companion project, the Epigenetics Literacy Project, launched in 2016). The staff also produce articles on human and animal genetics topics such as gene splicing, CRISPR, government regulation, bioethics, use of stem cells, transhumanism, nanotechnology and synthetic biology. The GLP's articles and staff are quoted and interviewed in a number of publications and websites.


The GLP is a non-partisan non-profit organization founded in 2011 and funded by donations from non-profit foundations and individual donors. It operated initially as an independent organization within the non-profit Statistical Assessment Service, which was based at George Mason University. STATS provided accounting services for the GLP before it dissolved in 2015. The GLP became its own 501(c)3 under the name Science Literacy Project in 2015.[citation needed] The SLP oversees the GLP and the Epigenetics Literacy Project, founded in 2015. Its banner logo says "Science not Ideology",[2] in reference to the gulf between scientific consensus and public perception.[3]


In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, top donors to the Genetic Literacy Project were:[4]

  • John Templeton Foundation, Gene-ius Project (for GLP): $92,225[5][6]
  • John Templeton Foundation Epigenetics Literacy Project: $151,985
  • Searle Freedom Trust, GLP: $150,000
  • Winkler Family Foundation,[5] GENeS Project, $50,000
  • Academics Review Charitable Association, (pass through support for University of California-Davis Biotech Literacy Bootcamp from BIO, UC-Davis and USDA): $5,000
  • Individual donations: $9,647.12[2]

Relationship with biotechnology industry[edit]

The US Right to Know, a group that obtains and publishes source materials and communications,[7] raised concerns after the GLP ran a series of articles in 2014 supportive of crop biotechnology after the scientists had been encouraged to do so by American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto.[8] The scientists were not paid for their articles and the GLP had control of the writing and editing process.[3] GLP has taken positions against labeling GMO foods.[9][10][11] GMO labeling has widespread public support despite the fact that the US National Academy of Sciences released a report in 2016 summarizing years of research on genetically engineered crops. The report concluded that there was "no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between currently commercialized genetically engineered (GE) crops and conventionally bred crops, nor did it find conclusive cause-and-effect evidence of environmental problems from the GE crops."[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Team". genetic literacy project. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mission, Financial Transparency, Governorship". genetic literacy project. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "How Monsanto Mobilized Academics to Pen Articles Supporting GMOs". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  4. ^ "SCIENCE LITERACY PROJECT". Citizen Audit. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b "citizen audit search". Citizen Audit. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  6. ^ "GENETIC LITERACY PROJECT/GENE-IUS BIG IDEA". Templeton Fund. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  7. ^ "GMOs". us right to know. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  8. ^ Lipton, Eric. "Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show". New York Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  9. ^ Revkin, Andrew. "A Risk Communicator Says Industry Should Embrace Labeling of Genetically Modified Food". New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  10. ^ "search labeling". Genetic Literacy Project. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  11. ^ Van Hoewyk, Doug. "If GMOs are safe, why aren't they labeled? Straight answer to a valid question". Genetic Literacy Project. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  12. ^ Harvey, Chelsea Harvey. "People want GMO food labeled — which is pretty much all they know about GMOs". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 March 2017.

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