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45. Bioengineering Food to Feed Humanity’s Future | Kevin Folta of the Talking Biotech Podcast

Kevin Folta (@kevinfolta) is a professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida and host of the Talking Biotech Podcast. He is a plant scientist who has researched how plants react to light, and he started blogging about a variety of topics in 2008, gaining popularity as a speaker on biotechnology. He has faced harsh criticism from many in the anti-GMO crowd over his industry connections and past consulting arrangements with big agriculture, yet brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the areas of farming, food production, ecologies, and ecological change and much more. He is very passionate about feeding the world and see GMO as the best, most effective way to feed a growing world population struggling to survive. Should be a fun one. [spreaker type=player resource=”episode_id=18590636″ width=”100%” height=”200px” theme=”light” playlist=”false” playlist-continuous=”false” autoplay=”false” live-autoplay=”false” chapters-image=”true” episode-image-position=”right” hide-logo=”false” hide-likes=”false” hide-comments=”false” hide-sharing=”false” hide-download=”true”] Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube   You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • Why GMOs are necessary for humanity’s future
  • The big prospects of genetic engineering
  • Where the agritech industry messed up
  • How food production of the future will look like
  • Why Kevin is excited about biotech
  • The crazy science of super-engineered foods
  • What happens to humanity as we evolve ourselves
  • How regulation affects innovation
  • Why the anti-GMO movement is so strong
  • What safety guidelines are needed for gene editing
  • Why you are what you eat
  • Why big tech isn’t all bad
  • How to help fight starvation and hunger
  • What we eat when we expand into space

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