Genetic engineering has demonstrated benefits in medicine and agriculture, yet many remain concerned about these technologies. While skepticism around new food and medical technologies is always warranted, in excess it can slow deployment of helpful technologies that can help people and the planet. The presentation will first cover why so many fear genetic engineering. Next it will explore new transformative technologies that are poised to change agriculture and medicine. The talk will conclude with the critical role of the skeptical community in this important discussion, and how to effectively engage others in this topic.
Kevin M. Folta is a professor and the chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. A central part of his program is training scientists, farmers, physicians, and students how to perform public outreach in scientific or controversial topics.
This talk took place at CSICon Las Vegas on Friday, October 27th.