KQED Quest on GMOs

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KQED Quest, based in San Francisco, has just posted a half-hour special on GMOs called Next Meal: Engineering your Food, by Gabriela Quirós. In the wake of proposition 37 in California there has been a lot more public awareness of genetically engineered crops, but little public education about it. (Just think what those millions spent could have accomplished) So in this special KQED Quest takes a look at the science of plant breeding and genetic engineering, interviewing Peggy Lemaux from UC Berkeley, Eduardo Blumwald at UC Davis, along with a host of other farmers, writers, and activists. I have been anticipating this special for some time, because I’m in it! Well, sort of.

As a consequence of being one of the few people doing videos about plant breeding, I have a lot of footage of growing, crossing, and harvesting various crops. So their path of hunting for footage led circuitously through UW-Madison channels to me. The funny thing is that they were already talking to colleagues of mine on the West coast who might have been able to refer them through a shorter route. Anyway, some of my footage made it into this video, and I also appear at 2:48. But don’t watch it to see me, watch it to see the discussion of this technology and its future.

Watch Next Meal: Engineering Food on PBS. See more from QUEST.

Now that you’ve seen it, you can participate in a Google+ Hangout with the Producers and some of the stars of this special Wednesday at 11 am Pacific Time. Check out What’s in Your Next Meal? A Discussion.

So what did you think about Next Meal: Engineering your Food?

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Karl earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics at UW-Madison, with a minor in Life Science Communication. His dissertation was on both the genetics of sweet corn and plant genetics outreach. He recently moved back to his home state of California. His favorite produce might just be squash.