Plant scientist Kevin Folta receives Borlaug CAST Communication award

| | October 4, 2016
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While the public has embraced the latest technological advances that put ever more sophisticated smartphones into your hands, agricultural scientists feel there hasn’t been the same openness to technology that can improve what’s on your plate.

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Kevin Folta, according to one of his colleagues, has done as much as anyone in the past decade to help the public understand the biotechnology behind its food.

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…[Folta] encourages people to challenge their own beliefs and not to retreat behind them when they appear to be at odds with new facts.

Few scientists do this as effectively as Folta. … It’s why the Iowa-based Council of Agricultural Science and Technology is recognizing him with its Borlaug CAST Communication Award… The nominations from across the nation put his name among those of deGrasse Tyson, Nye, and Sagan.

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Folta speaks … about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology at professional conferences, university lectures … He speaks at elementary schools and retirement homes. He has a highly rated science podcast on iTunes. … He blogs it. He meets you where you are.

He does this because getting science out of the lab and to the people who can benefit from it is as important to him as discovery itself.

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