For more than a decade now, environmentalist groups have waged a successful campaign against biotechnology in agriculture. Playing on the public's fear of "frakenfoods," NGOs like Greenpeace have slowed, and sometimes even stopped, innovations in agriculture that could save millions of lives by making food cheaper, safer and more abundant.
But things are changing.
Dr. Stuart Smyth says the tide of public opinion may be turning against the environmentalist movement as consumers begin discovering the benefits of genetic engineering and green fatigue sets in. On today's episode, Stuart and I discuss how this shift in public opinion is taking place. We also get into the variety of benefits that has accrued to farmers and consumers as genetic engineering progresses.
Dr. Stuart Smyth, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, has been a dedicated researcher at the University of Saskatchewan for over a decade. In the fall of 2014, as a result of his research and focuses on sustainable agriculture, Dr. Smyth was granted the title of Industry Funded Agri-Food Innovation Chair. With his Chair and Professorship, Dr. Smyth continues to focus on innovations and agriculture.
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