June 26, 2017
Agriculture

088 — Food Evolution, the Movie

June 21, 2017 0

The representation of crop biotechnology in film has been an asymmetrical assault on science and reason.  Food Evolution breaks that trend. The film tells several stories of biotech applications, where “GMO” crops are the centers […]

Communication

086 – “Know GMO” the Movie

June 10, 2017 0

The documentary space is filled with disparaging films about food science, including those that target biotechnology.  Many of these films feature artistic flair, and tell a compelling story through the lens of the camera– even […]

Communication

079 – Technology and Society

April 22, 2017 0

The issues of biotechnology benefit from examination from social scientists.  There are scientists that help define the social reaction to science and the way that scientists need to communicate issues in technology.  Dr. Matthew Harsh is […]

Agriculture

072 – Your Questions Answered

March 4, 2017 7

We get lots of comments that the favorite episodes are when Kevin Folta answers your questions about food, farming, and genetic engineering.  Not to disappoint, this entire episode is dedicated to your questions. Except for […]

Agriculture

071 – The Farmer Voice in Social Media

February 25, 2017 0

How do biotech seeds affect the end user?  If you listened to the “experts” they’d tell you that farmers were forced to buy seeds they didn’t want, because companies controlled their farms. Tell that to […]

Communication

064 – Communicating Effectively with Critics

January 7, 2017 3

When we discuss new technology with the public, there is inevitable fear and push back with at least a fraction of those we are trying to reach. How we address this is critical to our own […]

Communication

063 Effective Science Communication in 2017

December 24, 2016 0

I’ll always remember 2016 as an eclectic mix of hell and success.  We learned a lot about how to engage the public and got lots of practice.  We took a lot of heat, suffered lots of […]

Communication

056 Teaching Biotech with Journey of a Gene

November 5, 2016 0

 The processes of biotechnology can be a bit of a black box, and that does not help further its understanding or acceptance.  Journey of the Gene is an interactive, multimedia resource that can aid in […]

Agriculture

052 — 17 Questions About Glyphosate

September 24, 2016 7

  Talking Biotech #52 visits with Iida Ruishalme, cell biologist, author and blogger.  Iida is a trained scientist that writes the blog Thoughtscapism.  Recently she published a comprehensive assessment of the frequently-asked questions regarding the […]

Agriculture

051 Weed Killer in Vaccines?

September 17, 2016 13

Today’s episode is born of frustration.  Fear-mongering non-experts are abusing improper interpretations from an available herbicide detection kit to make claims that herbicides are now found in vaccines.  Namely, they seek to find glyphosate, the […]

Agriculture

047 Genetic Engineering, Extension and Communication

August 20, 2016 0

Those of you that follow social media know Dr. Paul Vincelli.  He’s a visible contributor to the discussion on genetic engineering, but also ventures into discussion of climate change.  So how do scientists learn to […]

Agriculture

044 Indian Farmers Suicides 2, Your Questions

July 30, 2016 3

Talking Biotech Podcast #44 continues Kavin Senapathy’s interview with Dr. Ronald Herring.  Dr. Herring is a Professor of Government and International Professor of Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University. Dr. Herring is a social scientist […]

Communication

042 The National Academies Report Summary

July 16, 2016 5

The Seralini Rats make an appearance a the NAS Report Summary. A report on Genetically Engineered Crops was commissioned by the National Academies of Science, and a committee was convened to review the current literature. […]

Agriculture

039 What a Plant Knows

June 4, 2016 1

  It is so wonderful to share the time with Prof. Danny Chamovitz.  He’s an accomplished researcher, a successful Dean, and leader in Israel’s agricultural research enterprise.  He discusses his book, What a Plant Knows […]

Agriculture

035 Exploring the Unnaturally Delicious

May 7, 2016 1

This week the Talking Biotech Podcast shares an intriguing discussion with Dr. Jayson Lusk.  Dr. Lusk is an agricultural and food economist at Oklahoma State University.  He has analyzed many facets of consumer choices, consumer […]

Agriculture

034 Strawberry History and Improvement; Favorite Sites

April 29, 2016 1

Strawberry is a popular fruit with tremendous commercial value, and while everyone loves a good strawberry, are they actually getting better? This week’s podcast talks to Dr. Jim Hancock, strawberry breeder from Michigan State University. […]

Agriculture

024 Biotech & Tomato Breeding – Social Media on the Farm

February 20, 2016 4

Improving plants with biotechnology is not just genetic engineering, it is using tools of molecular biology and genomics to guide traditional breeding strategies.  In this episode Dr. Harry Klee from the University of Florida discusses […]

Communication

019 The SciBabe Talks Toxins; Your Questions Answered

October 3, 2015 2

Today chemophobia rules supreme.  From fast-food establishments to farming critics, everyone seems to be an expert, except the experts! Talking Biotech #19 features The SciBabe, Yvette d’Entremont (@TheSciBabe).  She has experience in the chemical industries […]

Agriculture

018 Insecticides, Herbicides, Organic and Conventional Ag

September 26, 2015 1

The topic of “pesticides” is the new frontier in the opposition to agricultural biotechnology.  Opponents of the technology blame new genetic improvement methods for perceived increases in chemical controls for plant, animal and fungal pests. […]

Agriculture

005 Talking Biotech in Washington DC

July 2, 2015 1

This week’s Talking Biotech discusses a recent trek to Washington DC, where Kevin Folta, Chris Barbey and Alejandra Abril Guevara answered questions for the US House Science, Technology and Space Committee.  The three has a […]

Communication

001 Introduction, and Sleuth4Health Julee K

June 13, 2015 10

This pilot episode is an introduction to the talking biotech podcast.  Special Guest, Sleuth4Health Julee K.  Julee’s blog was well recognized for its anti-GMO sentiment.  However, after time she made gradual realizations that led her […]