Testing Testing 123 is an empathy oriented science workshop where we learn how to test packaged foods and ingredients, including non-organic, organic, and, products labeled as non GMO, to see if they have been genetically modified.
As GMO crops work their way into each part of the food chain, glyphosate and other herbicides and pesticides are applied at great scale with full knowledge of the disrupting effects they have on the ecosystem.
Water supplies are polluted by pathogens and bacteria, and by runoff from herbicides.
Certain necessary healthcare tests continue to be expensive and inaccessible for people in impoverished communities and in developing countries.
Technologies, information and skills belong in the hands of those curious and passionate about creating access to healthy food and clean water.
It’s time we do our own testing. If our government won’t label GMOS, we need to launch our own investigations.
The reason for Testing Testing 1 2 3 is simple: Everybody is concerned about what is in their food and what is in their water.
We want the empowering tools of citizen science to be available to everyone, including students, farmers, people in areas with lower levels of economic privilege, environmental activists, and biohackers.
We’ll use a powerful yet simple technology called Real Time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) that is great for gathering information about what’s in our food, our water, our bodies, and our environment.
It can detect eColi, and listeria in your food. It can tell if your sushi is made from an endangered species of whale, or if your health supplements are made from sawdust and rice powder. It can be used to diagnose HIV and malaria. It can identify mutations with BRCA1, the information from which will indicate your likelihood of developing certain cancers, such as breast cancer. It can monitor water quality with pathogen tests.
Lab machines are too expensive for those who need them most.
In Testing Testing 123, we will learn how to construct affordable versions of PCR machines.
Just as personal computers opened a new world of creativity by liberating computing from the bonds of monolithic corporations, a movement of citizen scientists and engineers are creating open source devices to make DNA analysis available to everyone.
Accessible personal genomics will open up a new world of knowledge sharing and understanding of the code of our DNA.
We’ll explore the most complicated code in the universe, which is written in the molecule, energy system and information system known as DNA.
And, we’ll do it with open source DNA analysis equipment using scavenged, recycled, rewired, reworked, revamped and revived hardware!
(Who ever imagined dumpster diving could be so intertwined with DNA analysis and food safety?)
The workshop also explores ways to share your discoveries from your investigations with the larger community of people who care about being informed about the things they consume.Book Testing Testing 123