Fear of modern agricultural technology, especially Monsanto, GMOs and crop protection

Vance Crowe

Thursday, February 16 2017 at 8:00PM

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Vance Crowe

What's the talk about?

Over the last 10,000 years agriculture has empowered civilization by lowering the percentage of individuals’ time spent procuring calories. In the last 100 years, improved farming technology has catalyzed the greatest human migration in history; allowing millions of people to leave their farms and move into cities where they can apply their time, skills and passion into other pursuits. In the last 2 decades, we have watched dramatic advancements in agricultural sciences including the growth of no-till agriculture and the adoption of genetically engineered crops- and yet, the present day is marked by fear and distrust of large scale agricultural technologies like crop protection and genetically engineered crops. Society clearly wants affordable quality food but also a better environment, to address climate change and preserve bio diversity, yet fears the very technologies that may deliver exactly that for the longer term.   

In this 45 minute talk, Vance Crowe, Monsanto’s director of Millennial Engagement will discuss the value of using technology to sustainably grow our crops, share why a former US Peace Corps/public radio/World Bank staffer would speak out on behalf of a deeply vilified company, and discuss why skepticsm and science communication is so deeply critical to helping society understand future technologies like microbials, data science, and chemistry as we attempt to provide locally adapted solutions to farmers growing the food in a competitive market.

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