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October 20, 2017
Agriculture

104 – Postharvest Solutions in Food Security

October 14, 2017 0

Simple solutions can sometimes have tremendous impacts.  In this episode Bret Rierson from the World Food Programme discusses a solution to enhancing food security in Africa and around the world.  Most African farmers are small […]

Food

093 – Ben and Jerry’s Roundup

July 29, 2017 2

A story exploded in the New York Times claiming that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and a potent herbicide, was detected in 10/11 flavors of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.  The anti-biotech universe propagated the […]

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 […]

Agriculture

083 – Controlled Environment Agriculture

May 19, 2017 0

In the race to feed 10 billion people by 2050 some agricultural production will shift to where people live.  The idea of vertical farms or repurposing urban space for agriculture is becoming increasingly feasible, as […]

Agriculture

80 – Sweet Potato, Nature’s GMO

April 29, 2017 0

The sweet potato has special seasonal or fast-food application in the industrialized world, but in many parts of the world it is an important part of the daily diet.  The sweet potato is botanically distinct […]

Agriculture

078 – Specialty Crops (Fruits, Veggies, & Nuts!)

April 15, 2017 0

What are Specialty Crops?  These are the crops of the produce aisle, fruits, vegetables, nuts.  These are high-value crops that receive relatively little research funding compared to other types of the big-ag crops, things like […]

Agriculture

074 – Decreased Fungal Food Toxins with RNAi

March 19, 2017 0

Aflatoxins are trace compounds produced by certain fungi, and represent a legitimate food safety risk.  These fungi grow on corn, peanuts and other crops, especially in warm, humid areas that lack fungal control measures.  They have […]

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

059 Engineering Efficiency in Photosynthesis

November 26, 2016 0

Increasing efficiency in photosynthesis has been one of the desired goals of plant biology.  A recent paper in the journal Science presents work by a team led by Dr. Stephen Long from the University of Illinois/University […]

Agriculture

057 Corn Origins and Domestication

November 12, 2016 1

Corn. It ultimately has a role in so much of what we eat.  From a sweet corn cob on the 4th of July, to the calories that made the steak possible, to fuel in our […]

Food

055 Nutrition in the First 1000 Days

October 14, 2016 0

Beginning at conception, a new human’s development and long-term health are critically dependent on the availablity of proper nutrition.  The right nutrients at the right time can have profound impacts on individuals, but also have […]

Agriculture

054 Peanuts; Talking to Family about GMO

October 8, 2016 2

The peanut is a valuable crop for American farmers and is extensively cultivated worldwide.  It is an important source of protein and healthy oils.  At the same time the public is concerned about peanut allergies and […]

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

048 Eggplants, Brinjals and Aubergines

August 27, 2016 4

One of the amazing success stories of genetic engineering is the eggplant, known as the “brinjal” in Asia and the “aubergine” in Europe.  In the west it is occasional table fare, yet in many parts […]

Agriculture

041 Innovations to Fight Citrus Disease

June 18, 2016 0

If there was anyone that could be dubbed a science wizard, it might be Dr. Jude Grosser.  Dr. Grosser has made a career of edgy innovation, creating new solutions that define the forefront of genetic […]

Food

038 GMO Cheese; Nat’l Academies Review

May 28, 2016 4

Chipotle proudly serves it.  The Vermont GMO labeling rules exempt it. Still 95% of cheese is manufactured from enzymes created through recombinant DNA technology. These GMO-derived enzymes are tremendously beneficial to the process.  Young cow […]