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Talking Biotech: Florida’s Kevin Folta debunks claims of glyphosate in food; Oregon State’s Shaun Townsend uses genetics to breed more flavorful beer hops

, | November 21, 2016
Kevin Folta: University of Florida plant geneticist Kevin Folta launched Talking Biotech in 2015.    More details

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 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 response gave the report undue credence.

Related article:  Ronald Bailey: Legal vultures use activist claims about glyphosate for 'bogus' Quaker Oats lawsuit

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 Shaun Townsend, a plant breeder that creates new varieties for the craft brew industry.

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Also, Chelsea Boonstra and The Boonstra Report.

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