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  • Author: Pamela C. Ronald

Organic farming genetics and the future of food

What does the drug insulin have in common with cheese, Hawaiian papaya and a vegan burger? All were developed using genetic engineering, an approach established more than 40 years ago. In the early 1970s, researchers in the San Francisco Bay Area demonstrated that it was possible to genetically engineer bacteria with a new trait. They showed that genes from different species could be cut and spliced together and that the new genes could be reproduced and expressed in the bacteria.

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Paarlberg and Ronald: A food fight –
part two

Part Two of the discussion between Robert Paarlberg (who recently published ‘Starved for Science’), and Pamela Ronald (author of ‘Tomorrow’s Table’). These two experts will be debating all week how to best safeguard our food supply – with the least amount of damage to the environment.

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Paarlberg and Ronald: a food fight

A debate between leading experts Robert Paarlberg (Betty F. Johnson Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College) and Pamela Ronald (Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of California), regarding how to ensure a safe food supply, that is also kind to the environment.

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