Post GMOs at Ag Innovation Showcase highlighted by public radio
In early summer, when we were adding the finishing touches to the content of the Ag Innovation Showcase, it became clear our network was overdue for a conversation on the industry’s response to consumer perception of GMOs - namely, post GMO technology, such as RNA, microbials and other biologicals. The conversation was picked up by Maria Altman from St. Louis Public Radio. Take a look and a listen at the feature.
This year, eight out of twenty showcase companies fell squarely in the biologicals area of innovation. Reaching into our network, and working closely with Han Chen, CEO of San Diego and New Zealand-based company Zeakal, produced a twenty minute Spotlight Session on the topic in a tight, fast-paced agenda under the title: Transparency without Prejudice; Bridging the GMO Divide. What followed was a brief yet potent discussion between professionals from both ends of the ag spectrum – organics and traditional – which also brought unprecedented engagement from the audience. It became clear that our ag community has something to say, and is ready to respectfully listen, teach and learn.
Larta Institute will be visiting this topic in more detail in future Larta ag forums, such as GAIN, AgTech Week and, of course, Ag Innovation Showcase 2016. It’s time to bridge the gap between science and consumers.