When you tune in to the excellent podcast series “Talking Biotech” you’ll hear each episode open with the following quotes, and they provide a strong case for why this podcast is so important:
- “I want to see science serve a useful purpose to improve the standard of living for allpeople.” (Norman Borlaug)
- “Why is anyone fighting food advance? A very small percentage of the world’s population is fortunate enough to have the luxury of turning down food.” (Penn Jillette)
- “We have arranged a society based on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology.” (Carl Sagan)
The broad point here is that, while agricultural biotechnology provides tremendous benefits to the population at large, there is public mistrust and confusion since the science behind biotech foods is so complicated. That’s why Dr. Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman of University of Florida’s Horticultural Science Department, is passionate about providing evidence-based education about biotechnology to all who seek it.
“Talking Biotech” is a strong complement to Dr. Folta’s active social media presence and his “Illumination” blog. Over the past few months, his podcast has already touched on a wide variety of fascinating topics. And, we are thrilled to share the latest installment, in which he interviews OSF President Neal Carter about Arctic® apples and what’s next in our pipeline. The same episode also features Iowa State University’s Dr. Jonathan Wendel and Dr. Folta is assisted by special guest host Dr. Karen Cyphers.
We hope you’ll listen to the full podcast here and keep a close eye out for future episodes!