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Talking Biotech Podcast

By Kevin M. Folta

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The modern technologies in medicinal and agricultural biotechnology are powerful tools that can address a wide range of problems. From improved plants, animals and microbes, the technologies under the umbrella of "genetic engineering" are mostly misunderstood and oftentimes maligned. Biotechnology is well regarded by scientists, yet approached skeptically by a concerned public. The disparity has been conjured by prevalent misinformation on the internet and in activist literature and documentaries. At the same time farmers and scientists have not been good communicators about what the technology is, and isn't. The Talking Biotech Podcast is a weekly podcast that provides science-based discussion on current topics. The discussion is led by Dr. Kevin Folta, a professor with training in these areas and familiarity with the scholarly literature. Guest will describe current issues in biotechnology, twitter-based questions are answered, and there is a segment dedicated to plant genetic improvement from domestication through today's breeding efforts. The podcast is geared to anyone wishing to know more about biotechnology, its risks and benefits, and how it can be used to help farmers, the needy, consumers and the environment.

Customer Reviews

Great podcast!

Ever since I heard Dr. Folta speak on Joe Rogan's show, I wished for this podcast. The information is obtainable for any layperson, yet still intellectually stimulating. I was against GMOs until I asked the question "why?". I then dove into the science and had my mind changed by science communicators like Kevin Folta. Keep up the good work!

The Skinny on Ag Biotech

Dr. Folta is a great science communicator and interviews the folks in the trenches developing cutting edge GM and Ag technologies. Great information and great interviews. If you have an interest in Ag or GMO Technologies, don’t miss it!

From a Layperson

If you are someone who wants to make an honest effort to learn about what GMOs actually are without the insane rhetoric around food politics, these podcasts are an excellent resource.

Kevin Folta has the unique ability to make what seems like a pretty dry subject to a non-scientist, not only comprehensible, but interesting as well. The potential for genetic engineering to address environmental and humanitarian issues is incredible.

Listening to these podcasts and learning about some of the amazing things that can be done with this technology, I find myself trying to come up with different possibilities. (I'm sure they're ridiculous ideas but I it's a sign of a good teacher when you're inspired to keep thinking.)

I highly recommend this series.

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