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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Ep 113: What are Microgreens?

Microgreens are always super fascinating to me. Little, yet delicious greens that can be added to almost any dish. My good friend (and past guest on the show) Paul Hoff, introduced me to our guests today because he absolutely LOVES their microgreens! Daniel and Jordan Miranda are the minds behind Legacy Greens. Based out of Tallahassee, Daniel and Jordan grow several varieties of microgreens for customers all around North Florida. In our interview today, we chat about their backgrounds with sales and hemp, how they are able to grow year round in a very controlled environment, and much more!

And even enjoy a fun guest intro from my ol pal, Ben!

Check them out at the links below!

Legacy Greens Website

Legacy Greens Instagram

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Show Notes

  • Daniel and Jordan’s backgrounds
  • What are microgreens
  • Differences between microgreens, shoots, wheatgrass
  • Meeting demands of customers
  • Covid’s effect on business
  • Products: Broccoli, Kale, Purple Radish, etc.
  • Can almost any plant have a microgreen?
  • Creating Grow Kits for customers
  • Working at farmers markets

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