Talking Biotech

The Talking Biotech Podcast is dedicated to the topic of biotechnology. These powerful methods have been extremely useful in medicine and agriculture, and hold great potential for the future. Despite their promise, there is substantial skepticism in the public regarding these technologies. A food-secure population, a profitable fear-driven anti-biotech industry, and a lack of scientific literacy hinders application of these technologies from reaching those that could use them. The companies and scientists that understand biotechnology are not explaining it well to the concerned public.

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Talking Biotech: How will dicamba herbicide-resistant GMO crops fare after contamination fiasco?

Talking Biotech: How will dicamba herbicide-resistant GMO crops fare after contamination fiasco?

Agronomist Karen Corrigan: Companies, farmers, and weed scientists should focus more on solutions to dicamba drift issues and less on ...
Talking Biotech: How will agricultural-biotech seed company mergers impact farmers and sustainability?

Talking Biotech: How will agricultural-biotech seed company mergers impact farmers and sustainability?

French researcher Sylvie Bonny: Some worry that corporate consolidation will raise seed prices and hurt farmers, while others believe mergers ...
Talking Biotech: Pet dogs with genetic diseases testing ground for gene therapy

Talking Biotech: Pet dogs with genetic diseases testing ground for gene therapy

Journalist Emily Mullin: Gene therapies becoming more promising but restricted in humans because of safety concerns, prompting some researchers to ...
Talking Biotech: Soil-worm resistant GMO crops in Africa hindered by politics, public fears

Talking Biotech: Soil-worm resistant GMO crops in Africa hindered by politics, public fears

IITA scientists: GMOs could help fend off nematode crop pests in Africa, but educating policymakers and public about the benefits ...
Talking Biotech: TALEN gene editing to make more nutritious food crops

Talking Biotech: TALEN gene editing to make more nutritious food crops

Calyxt's Dan Voytas: Using TALEN gene editing to create soybeans with healthier oil, high fiber wheat and canola with lower ...
Talking Biotech: A former skeptic's struggle to bring GMO crops to Bolivia

Talking Biotech: A former skeptic’s struggle to bring GMO crops to Bolivia

Educator Cecilia Gonzalez: Bolivia has had to import GMO corn from Argentina due to crop failures. Insect-resistant Bt crops could ...
Talking Biotech: Former anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas on how resistance to crop biotechnology hurts small African farms

Talking Biotech: Former anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas on how resistance to crop biotechnology hurts small African farms

Mark Lynas, Cornell Alliance for Science: "Moral injustice" of NGOs preventing Africans from adopting GMO crops driven by "green ideology" ...
Talking Biotech: Uganda farmer-scientist on benefits of GMO disease resistant bananas

Talking Biotech: Uganda farmer-scientist on benefits of GMO disease resistant bananas

Kevin Folta in Uganda interviews scientists and farmers about bananas resistant to crop disease and the likelihood of commercialization ...
Talking Biotech: How Africa can move beyond subsistence farming

Talking Biotech: How Africa can move beyond subsistence farming

World Food Program's Bret Rierson: Inexpensive storage options could dramatically help developing world farmers manage, store and sell surplus crops, ...
Talking Biotech: Can we fight herbicide-resistant weeds with non-GMO RNAi technology?

Talking Biotech: Can we fight herbicide-resistant weeds with non-GMO RNAi technology?

Monsanto biochemist Doug Sammons: RNAi technology increases weed sensitivity to targeted herbicides. This could counter the growing problem of glyphosate-resistant ...
Talking Biotech: Is genetic engineering the best way to resuscitate the American chestnut from blight?

Talking Biotech: Is genetic engineering the best way to resuscitate the American chestnut from blight?

Plant biologist Jared Westbrook: 4 billion American chestnut trees have died because of blight in the 20th century. Now, there ...
Talking Biotech: Using GMO insects instead of pesticides to fight diamondback moth, other crop-killing pests

Talking Biotech: Using GMO insects instead of pesticides to fight diamondback moth, other crop-killing pests

Cornell entomologist Tony Shelton: Using GMO insects to control diamondback moths—a global pest that quickly evolves resistance to insecticides ...
Talking Biotech: Kevin Folta on fruit breeding—and being the target of anti-GMO activists

Talking Biotech: Kevin Folta on fruit breeding—and being the target of anti-GMO activists

University of Florida's Kevin Folta on fruit breeding and defending modern agriculture--and himself--against anti-technology activists ...
Viewpoint: Activists push glyphosate cancer scare as proxy to limit use of genetically engineered crops

Viewpoint: Activists push glyphosate cancer scare as proxy to limit use of genetically engineered crops

Monsanto pediatrician and toxicologist Dan Goldstein: As the glyphosate-cancer debate has grown louder, it's become less scientific ...
Podcast: How agriculture spurred the domestication of wild cats

Podcast: How agriculture spurred the domestication of wild cats

Geneticist Eva-Maria Geigl: Early grain farms attracted rodents—and wild cats that were social enough to hunt them near human settlements ...
Podcast: Global ag biotech snapshot: Is GMO adoption on the decline?

Podcast: Global ag biotech snapshot: Is GMO adoption on the decline?

UK researcher Graham Brooke on the rising economic and regulatory costs of crop biortechnology--Is it worth it? ...
Podcast: Can the US learn from Canada's 'product-based' GMO regulatory system?

Podcast: Can the US learn from Canada’s ‘product-based’ GMO regulatory system?

Biotech legal expert Robert Potter: How GMOs are regulated differently in the US and Canada ...
Podcast: Can the food we eat change our RNA and the way genes work?

Podcast: Can the food we eat change our RNA and the way genes work?

Molecular biologist Ken Witwer: Can the food we eat change our RNA and the way our genes work? ...
Podcast: Uruguay's over-reaching GMO regulations stifle home-grown solutions

Podcast: Uruguay’s over-reaching GMO regulations stifle home-grown solutions

Uruguayan GMO researcher Sabina Vidal: Burdensome regulations mean farmers rely on soy seeds from US corporations ...
Podcast: Nobel laureates mobilize against Greenpeace to reverse campaign to block vitamin-enhanced Golden Rice

Podcast: Nobel laureates mobilize against Greenpeace to reverse campaign to block vitamin-enhanced Golden Rice

Sir Richard Roberts: Nobel laureates must speak out activists like Greenpeace falsely claim GMOs pose unique health or ecological dangers ...
Talking Biotech: Benefits and unanticipated consequences of neonicotinoid insecticide use

Talking Biotech: Benefits and unanticipated consequences of neonicotinoid insecticide use

Penn State entomologist John Tooker: Neonic coated seeds are not a silver bullet for pest control in all situations ...
Talking Biotech: Domesticating wild plants to seed new crops and foods

Talking Biotech: Domesticating wild plants to seed new crops and foods

Brazilian plant physiologist Lazaro Peres: Using genetic technology to identify desirable traits in wild plants and create new crops ...
Talking Biotech: Anti-GMO activists say Food Evolution is an 'agrichemical conspiracy'—Who's behind the documentary?

Talking Biotech: Anti-GMO activists say Food Evolution is an ‘agrichemical conspiracy’—Who’s behind the documentary?

Scott Hamilton Kennedy, director of Food Evolution, addresses baseless claims that new GMO documentary is "Monsanto propaganda" ...
Talking Biotech: Toxicologist on flawed approach of IARC's glyphosate evaluation

Talking Biotech: Toxicologist on flawed approach of IARC’s glyphosate evaluation

University of Guelph toxicologist Len Ritter: 40-year history of safety assessments challenge IARC's "probable carcinogen" finding ...
Talking Biotech: 'Know GMO' documentary fights food fears, misinformation with science

Talking Biotech: ‘Know GMO’ documentary fights food fears, misinformation with science

Filmmaker Nick Saik's 'Know GMO' documentary builds dialogue on food science and farm technology ...
Talking Biotech: Can biotechnology help protect forests from pests, pathogens and climate change?

Talking Biotech: Can biotechnology help protect forests from pests, pathogens and climate change?

University of Kentucky forest researcher Ellen Crocker: Genetic engineering, speed breeding and gene drives could help fend off threats to ...
Talking Biotech: Plants that 'protect themselves' and reduce pesticide may be future of crop biotechnology

Talking Biotech: Plants that ‘protect themselves’ and reduce pesticide may be future of crop biotechnology

Genetic engineering pioneer Calgene's Maurice Moloney on developing plants that 'naturally' fend off pests ...
Talking Biotech: Can 'vertical farming' help feed world's growing population?

Talking Biotech: Can ‘vertical farming’ help feed world’s growing population?

What is the potential for agriculture to move indoors—and into cities—as we try to feed more people on less land? ...