April 30, 2017

058 Glyphosate in Groceries; Hops! The Flavor of Beer


In the first part of this week’s podcast you’ll learn how to debunk a viral claim.  There are repeated claims that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, is detected in a plethora of food, beverages and body fluids.  The reports are designed to scare people, especially targeting parents that are concerned about the food they feed to their families. This week a glossy brochure surfaced making claims that glyphosate was detected in Cheerios, Oreos, organic snack foods, and many other common groceries. However, this was not a legitimate report from a peer-reviewed journal and should not be given much weight.  Nonetheless, a well-meaning Snopes a response that gave the report undue credence.  Fortunately they corrected the record.

The second part of the podcast discusses hops, the flavor element of beer.  Where did it come from, why did people start using it in beer?  These questions and others are discussed with Dr. Shaun Townsend, a plant breeder that creates new varieties for the craft brew industry.

Dr. Townsend’s website:   http://cropandsoil.oregonstate.edu/group/hop-breeding


 Also, Chelsea Boonstra and The Boonstra Report.

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1 Comment on 058 Glyphosate in Groceries; Hops! The Flavor of Beer

  1. Cool interview! The brewery with the hop plant growing up the side of the building sounds like my friend Dave Wills’ place, Oregon Trail Brewing. That plant miraculously pokes through the asphalt and climbs away! From my visits out there I became friends with many folks (hop related) and Dr Al was kind enough to confirm the identity of some rhizomes that were given to me: https://www.ars.usda.gov/ARSUserFiles/2450/hopcultivars/21679.html, http://allaboutbeer.com/canadian-red-vine/. There’s also a fellow doing some research on the potential for hop growing down your way: https://news.ifas.ufl.edu/2016/09/hops-research-among-ufifas-winners-at-national-horticultural-science-awards/. Due to day length issues, I suggested trying to obtain some germplasm from South Africa. Apparently they have bred some day-neutral varieties. Hoppy Trails~

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