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Holly Lafrate Spring 2019 - present

“I am currently a sophomore at Stony Brook University majoring in Biology and minoring in Health and Wellness. Plants are a vital source of food and nutrients for everyone regardless of their personal circumstance. I have noticed that even though plants are extremely ingrained into our lives, some plants still carry extremely negative connotations because they have been genetically modified. The Grow More Foundation is eliminating these negative connotations, so the benefits of various biotechnologies can be taken advantage of by every population without fear. I am grateful for the opportunity to work for a foundation that is creating environments were everyone could benefit through education and transparency.

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Jenelle Cocorpus

Spring 2019 - present

I am a Junior at Stony Brook University, majoring in Biology with a specialization in Genetics and minoring in Business Management. I have always liked nature growing up, but my interest in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) crops had not developed until I had a the safety of GMOs. The problem with food production is a serious issue throughout the world as the issue. On the other hand, GMOs have a bad reputation because there is not enough information about debate about population continues to grow and biotechnology has been one of the biggest contributors to solving this the effects of GMOs and GE. There is much more to be learned about this topic because safety is very important, so I am excited to be a part of the Grow More Foundation to investigate, to educate, to promote awareness of this topic because this issue is vital to our future.

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Marjan Halimi Spring 2019 - present

“Participating in the Grow More Foundation stimulates a concern of mine that I was unaware of prior to joining, which was the fear and confusion that surrounds the concept of genetic modification. I am grateful to be a part of the team in order to not only expand my own knowledge on the subject, but also raise the awareness of others regarding the benefits and inquiries surrounding genetically modified crops. Majoring in Biology, I have grown more passionate about the health and safety concerns of people and animals. I would love to give people the opportunity to be more open-minded in their perceptions toward genetic modification and increase their understanding of how biotechnology is used to constitute the ideas of scientists. The Grow More Foundations allows me to express my ideas and learn how valuable genetic modification can be agriculturally, economically and educationally.”

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Xiao Jing

Spring 2019 - present

"I am a junior majoring in Health Science at Stony Brook University. Last year during a talk we had in class, I realized that a lot of people have bad connotations on GMOs. At first I had the same thoughts in mind. However, as I learned more about GMO, I noticed that it is not as negatively geared toward people as many would say. Our food supplies, including corn and soybeans, are genetically modified. By working with Gore More Foundation, I can learn more about the benefits of GMO and influence people around me about the great things GMO can bring."

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Michelle Zhu
Fall 2018 - present

I am currently a first-year student majoring in Biology at Stony Brook University. Growing up, I've always been exposed to different mediums of information talking about how genetically modified foods are bad for the environment and for consumer health. However, I never got to learn about the possible benefits of these foods until I researched about it myself. Even with information available online, most would not go out of their way to find this information. If they do, it's highly likely that they wouldn't understand it. At the Grow More Foundation, we can transform this information to a more understandable form and bring this to the public. This way, the public can actually know both sides of the story before deciding how they feel about genetically modified crops.

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Kyna Reyes
Fall 2018 - present

"I have always had an interest in learning more about the biologies of plants, and the Grow More Foundation has enabled me to do so. As a junior at Stony Brook University majoring in Biochemistry, there have been many moments where I encountered GMOs and GE crops. I noticed that for the public, there was a negative stigma behind the term "GMO." I too, once thought that all GMOs and GE crops were bad, but through working as an Intern at the GMF, I learned that this is not the case. My hope is to be able to educate others on the facts behind what genetically modified or genetically engineered crops really are and to eliminate the notion that these kinds of crops are bad for you."

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Richelle Chen

Spring 2018 - Present

"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."

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Sera Nakisli
Fall 2017 - present

"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."

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Genevieve Casse
Spring & Summer 2018

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.

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Jessica Layne
Winter 2017 - Spring 2018

“I am currently a senior at Oyster Bay High School, and I have been working with Grow More Foundation for the past 2 years. In 10th grade AP Biology, I first became aware of Malthusian prophecies of impending global starvation caused by population growth rates exceeding food production growth rates. Fortunately, these predictions have not come to pass as genetically engineered foods have greatly enhanced agricultural production since the 1950’s Green Revolution. Recently, however, misinformation campaigns have challenged the benefits and safety of these very same genetic engineered foods (GEF) that have helped us. Investigation of this topic brought me to Grow More Foundation whose aim is to educate the public about GEF using evidence-based research. My research with the foundation has revealed widespread deficits in the public knowledge of GEF. I hope to transform my data into an educational campaign that targets specific demographics to better the public understanding of this topic.”

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Vivian Zhong
Summer 2017

"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."

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Caroline Gilmore
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."