Podcast Episode 60: Are GMOs safe to eat? Science says: YES!

 

GMO Answers

 

My favorite topic, GMOs!  Today we talk with Michael Stebbins of GMO Answers.  GMO Answers is a fantastic website that thoroughly explains the science and research behind GMOs.  Michael will explain the GMOs available today and how several government agencies like the USDA, FDA, and EPA all have regulations in place to ensure GMOs are not only safe for consumption but also safe for the environment.  What better way to learn about GMOs than from the experts behind them (aka not listening to an anti-GMO person who only gets their “facts” from health blogs or Wikipedia).

This is a great episode for anyone curious to learn about GMOs and how they fit in with organic and traditional agriculture.

 

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Check out GMO Answers at the link below:

GMO Answers.com

Show Notes:

  • GMO Answers
  • GMOs aka Genetically Modified Organisms
  • GMOs on the market today and their uses
  • Common grocery store items you use that might have GMOs
  • Common misconceptions consumers have
  • The science behind GMOs
  • What science says about the health of genetically engineer food
  • Where GMOs fit in with organic and traditional agriculture
  • GMOs around the world
  • Do GMO crops allow farmers to spray pesticides 24/7?  (Short answer: No!)
  • The cost of creating GM crops
  • How genetically engineer crops help farmers produce more with less

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Pictures like this always crack me up.  This isn’t how GMOs are made.

What I learned from this episode:

  • GMOs are checked by several different government agencies to ensure they are safe not only for human consumption but also that they have no negative impacts on the environment.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all have varying approval processes in place before GMOs can be used commercially.  The FDA for example tests and makes sure that GMOs are safe for you to eat!

 

Check out the SciShow’s breakdown of some lifesaving GMOs.

 

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Podcast Episode 59: Gene-editing to make plants tastier and healthier

 

Jim B.

 

Imagine one day eating Doritos, Cheetos, or your favorite chips or candy bar and being guilt-free from sugar, fat, and the other not so healthy aspects of junk food.  Thanks to gene editing and food science, that future might not be too far off.  Our guest today is Jim Blome, CEO of Calyxt.  Calyxt is a plant-based technology company that is working on developing plants to not only be healthier for consumers, but also healthier for the planet.  Through gene-editing, scientists at Calyxt are able to create plants with healthier oil levels, completely remove trans fats, and create crops with higher yields.  In our interview today, Jim will explain the work going on at Calyxt, how gene-editing differs from genetic modification (GMOs), where their technology fits in with the organic vs traditional agriculture debate, and how they are able to remove unhealthy fats from foods.

If you’re curious to learn more about plant breeding and gene editing, check out the For More Information Link below to visit the BBC’s page on the topic.

 

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Check out Calyxt at the links below:

Calyxt.com

Show Notes:

  • Jim’s background and start with Calyxt
  • Calyxt gene-editing technology
  • Gene editing vs Genetic Modification (GMOs)
  • Speeding up plant breeding
  • How Calyxt can help agriculture be more sustainable
  • Growing better feed for cows
  • Healthy oils
  • How Calyxt works with USDA and FDA to ensure these items are safe for consumers
  • Where gene-editing fits in with organic vs traditional agriculture
  • Covid-19’s effect on Calyxt
  • Jim’s thoughts on the farmer consumer relationship

 

What I learned from this episode:

  • Gene editing and genetic modification are similar but also very different.  Gene editing only allows editing with genes of that species, so no foreign DNA is brought into that cell.
  • Scientists can create healthier versions of the products we are currently eating.  We can add fiber, oils, etc, to products we already enjoy.  Maybe one day we can eat a super healthy version of Chetto’s?  One can only hope!

 

For more information on Selective Breeding, click the link below!

BBC: Selective Breeding and Gene Technology

At the above link, learn how we created broccoli, cabbage, and kale from wild mustard!

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I hope you are enjoying these interviews as well as learning a thing or two about food production and the agriculture industry.  If you think a friend or family member might enjoy the podcast, consider sharing it with them!  Simply sharing the website, http://www.thefarmtraveler.com, or telling them to search “Farm Traveler” on their favorite podcasting app, are great ways they can listen and stay up to date on episodes.

 

 

 

Podcast Episode 58: Microgreens and Corner Stores

 

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Mike Jackson is the founder of Kentucky Greens in Louisville, Kentucky.  With Kentucky Greens, Mike is growing hydroponic microgreens, lettuce, and other produce.  Not only is he venturing in the hydroponic industry, Mike is also trying to change a huge problem many of us are completely unaware of, the lack of fresh, nutritious food in corner stores.  Many low income families rely on these convenient stores for cheap food, but often can’t find fresh food or anything besides canned or heavily processed food items.  To combat this, Mike is working with several non-profits to provide consumers with healthier choices and better food and agriculture education.

 

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Check out Kentucky Greens at the links below:

Kentucky Greens on Facebook

Website

Kentucky Greens on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Mike Jackson and the start if Kentucky Greens
  • Growing Microgreens
  • Hydroponic Systems
  • Organic hydroponics?
  • Working with non-profits
  • Helping raised garden beds
  • Ag in the city
  • Corner stores
  • Expiration dates on cans
  • Surviving vs thriving
  • Convenience
  • Farm to School
  • Working with charter schools

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