Vote for Biofortified!

Biofortified is in the running to win the Ashoka Changemakers contest, GMO Risk or Rescue. But we need your help, dear readers. The contest entries close on October 21, and the voting will continue to the 28th. The grand prize is a $1500 grant and a conversation with Michael Pollan – both of which are sure to make this site better than ever. If you read Biofortified and have enjoyed some of the stuff we have written and want to see bigger and better things, please take a couple minutes to register for changemakers and enter your vote.
I heard that their site was a little awkward and people were having trouble navigating around and voting, so let me show you how to do it step-by-step!
1. First, go to the changemakers registration page. (Try opening the link in a new window or a new tab with a right click so you can refer back to here.) Fill out your name, email, and username. If you are concerned about getting unwanted emails in your inbox, check the box on the right and you won’t be bothered by any. Finally, enter the words you see in the ‘captcha’ box on the bottom – if they look too confusing just click on the little circle of arrows and it will give you another one.
2. You are now registered for the site, and you will get an email in your inbox. In this email will be a random password and a link that takes you back to the changemakers site. Click on it. When you get there, there will be a login button that will automatically log you into the site. The first place it will take you after you click on it is your profile page where you can change your password to something you can remember more easily. Feel free to change it, but if you are just quickly registering to vote it won’t matter. Leave the window open and come back here.
(If you accidentally click off the site, the auto-login link will not work again, so you’ll have to use the username and password sent to your email to login again.)
3. Now that you are registered and logged in, open the Biofortified contest entry page in another window like you did before. (If you go to this page without logging in first you will not be able to vote.) On the right hand side is a Thumb’s Up that shows how many votes we have. Click on it and watch your vote be tallied up!
4. You are done! Wasn’t that easy? Pat yourself on the back for helping us out. Or leave a comment on this post saying you voted so we can pat you on your back, too!
Thank you for your vote, from the center of my pithy stalk. Check back before the 28th to see how well we are doing, and don’t forget to tell your friends!


  1. I’d like to leave a comment about “Stronger plants, stronger science, and stronger communication,” but can’t figure out how. I can see all the other people’s comments, but there’s no window where I can post my own comment. Help?

  2. The changemakers site is very hard to work with. In order to make a comment you have to register for the site and login. Then you have to click on one of the comments where it says ‘read more’ to see all of the comments. Or you could click “Discuss” on the right – both lead to the same place. Then you can click on either “Add a comment” on the right, or “reply” to one of the already-existing comments.
    Thanks for voting and adding to the discussion!

  3. I voted and was #193. It’s a good thing you had these instructions!!! I was lost in that website trying to navigate there… even though it was a nice design. Btw, I got here by way of Pharyngula. Best of luck to you!

  4. The photo changemakers chose to illustrate the article screams out their bias at the top of their fearmongering lungs. Good luck. Biofortified is a great blog BTW, glad PZ sent his evil minions this way!

  5. One of those pointed this way by the good Dr. Myers, and I have to say that I wish I’d known of this site earlier. Glad to have voted.

  6. I voted! It was easy as pie. But then, I also have no trouble spelling “voted” *glancing sideways at Piotr*
    All the best, Biofortified!

  7. So, did GMwatch not only accuse you of cheating, but also plagiarise your “how to” in the process? I find that awesome in and of itself. (unless your how to came from elsewhere, which seems unlikely)

  8. That isn’t just “captcha”; it’s “recaptcha”. We’re helping fixing the transcription errors in Google Books as we go.
    And, yes, I voted.

  9. Saaaaaaaay . . . I hear everyone is getting checks from our Monsanto Overlords for voting. Where’s my check dammit?
    It must be awful to live in such paranoia that any pro-science voter is viewed as a tool of Monsanto (Big Farmer?). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Monsanto must be added to Godwin’s law.

  10. Pareidolius, yes it is one of the things that makes discussing genetic engineering from a scientific perspective difficult. The conversation often becomes – hey does Monsanto pay you money? As many people are pointing out, the fact that it so readily turns to that means that people are at a loss for arguments, so I think Godwin’s Law does apply.
    Perhaps it could be called something like:
    Monsanto’s Law
    Monstersanto’s Law
    MonSauron’s Law
    As a discussion on GMOs grows longer, the probability of an accusation of being paid by Monsanto approaches 1.
    Something like that?

  11. Yeah team science!
    I’m delighted to see the outpouring of support for Biofortified. Congrats to the bloggers who put it together, and to the effective use of the science social network to deliver the outcome.
    Gives me hope on many fronts!

  12. Hey all — just came over here from PZ Myers’ place and I thought I’d warn you that I still have no idea what the heck this here blog is like. And I’m versed in mol bio!
    Seriously, when you’re getting traffic from outside, it’s a good idea to blog about something other than the damned contest! You’ve got like eight posts about it in a row, on the front two pages, broken up by only two other posts here and there.

  13. Hi Marmot, thanks for coming over here. Feel free to check out our archives to see what we have written in the past. Some of the ‘Reasons to vote’ posts I have put up list posts to check out on the blog. I hope you like what you read and will consider voting for us!

  14. Oh, the contest is over! The official winner will be announced next Wednesday. Unofficially, we won 830 to 379. Thanks for wanting to help out, sorry you had to register!

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