Saturday, March 7, 2009

Futures in Biotech - Genetically Modified Food

Running time...: 48:04

February 24th, 2009

Futures in Biotech 39: Food, Genetically Modified

Hosts: Marc Pelletier

Dr. Lisa Weasel discusses the controversies surrounding genetically-modified foods.

Guest: Dr. Lisa Weasel, associate professor of biology at Portland State University in Oregon, a member of Governor Ted Kulongoski's task force on developing public policy for bio-pharmaceutical crops in Oregon, and author of Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Foods.

Why isn't there a wide consumer acceptance of genetically modified (GM) foods? If we can design crops that reduce pesticides, grow more effectively in poor soil, bring nutrients such as vitamins A to populations with high incidences of blindness, or even just taste better, why are we hesitating?

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