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Food for Thought
OrB’s Food for Thought Lecture Series brings internationally recognized experts to OSU to talk about the best ways to use biotechnology for food and fuel.
Complete list of Food for Thought lectures from 2005 to 2012.
Environmental and biotechnological issues are often complex and difficult for people to come together around; this series brings the public inside the scientific community to promote dialog and find common ground.
Lectures are free and open to all. Each talk is followed by audience discussion and a chance to mix and mingle with the speaker. Refreshments are provided.
Press release for the 2012/2013 Food for Thought lecture series.
Similarly, YouTube EDU lets you watch Food for Thought on your Mac, PC, iPod, or iPhone.
OSU's MediaSpace allows you to watch lectures fullscreen.
For teachers of undergraduate students and honors students grades 10-12, we've created study guides to accompany the online lectures. Each five-question guide highlights specific video segments and fosters comprehension of key lecture concepts.
University of Arizona professor Yves Carrière, presented the findings of a recent National Academy of Sciences report on the sustainability impacts of genetically engineered crops in the United States.
Author Mark Lynas discusses the nine planetary boundaries, including climate change, that humans are threatening to violate, the potential catastrophic impacts of transgression, and what can be done to mitigate or avoid them.
Peggy G. Lemaux, a Cooperative Extension Specialist and faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley, highlights how new agricultural methods and improved crop species are needed to provide adequate food in an environmentally friendly manner without increasing cultivated land.
Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist in animal biotechnology and genomics at the University of California, Davis, reviews the benefits, safety and social acceptance of fast-growing, genetically engineered salmon.
Wes Jackson, the founder and president of The Land Institute, explains how for the first time in 10,000 years of grain production the processes of wild ecosystems could be brought to the farm using perennial crops.
Historian Jimmy McWilliams made some surprising suggestions about good ways to intensify agricultural production while respecting the environment (and asked us all to eat less meat).
Political scientist Robert Paarlberg questioned the logic (and the morality) behind the ban on biotechnology in Africa.
Jason Clay, Senior VP at World Wildlife Fund, discussed how to grow more food without turning more land over to agricultural production.
Journalist Daniel Koeppel took listeners to banana plantations across the globe that are being destroyed by a fast-moving blight, and to the biotech labs where a race is on to save them.
A specialist in agrarian reform, Ron Herring explains why so many smart people get it wrong when it comes to Bt cotton.
Environmental hero Michael Shellenberger explores the need to shift political focus issues and interests to core needs and values.
Steve Savage, agribusiness consultant, proposes a surprising combination of traditional and biotechnological options for progressive agriculture.
Felicia Wu, food safety expert, reviews the worldwide environmental record of genetically engineered, insect resistant corn.
Scientist Pamela Ronald and organic farmer Raoul Adamchak talk about improving agricultural productivity while decreasing chemical inputs.
Historian Daniel J Kevles talks about early — and lovely — attempts to denote plant cultivars as intellectual property
G David Tilman, the world's most highly cited environmental scientist, talks about stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions while meeting our food and energy needs.
Historian Jeffery Pilcher sympathizes with the chagrin of Mexicans who find Tex-Mex wherever they travel.
As a geneticist and lawyer, Gary Marchant explains ways that law could more effectively address ethical and social concerns about biotechnology.
Rachel Ankeny, professor of gastronomy, talks about big-picture bioethics.
Scientist Roger Beachy explains why access to genetically improved seed is critical to feeding the hungry in the third world.
Human ecologist William Hallman explains how people make up their minds, and how their choices impact individuals, communities, and the environment.
Molecular biologist Lee Silver explores the widespread public concern that biotechnology somehow affronts nature.
Anthony Kinney, agbiotech specialist, talks about engineering plants to produce oils that are better for us.
Independent writer and radio producer Dan Charles talks about what makes agriculture green.