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Ep 114: Can Gene Editing make food healthier?

My guest today is Dr. Haven Baker from Pairwise. Pairwise is a growing food tech company working to create a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables. Uniquely, they are working to address barriers to consumption – think things like flavor, texture, and shelf life – to that will make healthier eating easier and more accessible. Today, only 10% of Americans eat the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, according to the CDC.

In our interview, Dr. Baker and I chat about how Pairwise is using gene editing to create healthier and tastier foods, the “snackification” of fruits and vegetables, and the advantages of gene editing over plant breeding.

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Show Notes

  • Dr. Baker’s Background
  • Background of Pairwise
  • Creating leafy greens, berries, and cherries
  • Working with Bayer
  • Working genetics
  • Gene editing and GMOs?
  • Advantages of gene editing vs plant breeding
  • Plant DNA
  • CRISPR technology
  • How this can improve diets.
  • The convivence of food.
  • “Snackification” of fruits and veggies.
  • Why we don’t see commercials for commodity crops.
  • Pairwise closed a $90M Series B funding round earlier this year, and now has more than 100 employees (in only three years.)
  • Addressing barriers to consumption – think things like flavor, texture, and shelf life – to that will make healthier eating easier and more accessible.

Quotes

  • “Today, only 10% of Americans eat the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, according to the CDC.”

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