Food & Farm Conversations: How to Change The Hearts & Minds of a Concerned Public
Presented by Dr. Kevin Folta
Professor and Chair, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida
Thursday, February 11, 2016
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
University of Manitoba
Richardson International Auditorium
172 Agriculture Building – 66 Dafoe Road (Parking – umanitoba.ca/parking)
Food production rates have increased due to improvements in genetics and production techniques, yet it will be a challenge to feed 10 billion people in 2050. At the same time industrialized world consumers decry modern techniques, and wish for retreat to less-productive techniques and plant varieties. This disparity is only going to decrease access to agricultural innovation for those that need it most.
This event is open and free to attend for the public.
Kevin M. Folta is a Professor and the Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. His laboratory examines fundamental light signal transduction and its application as an effective non-chemical control of plant growth, metabolism, development, and nutrient content with focus on high-value crop traits. His group also uses genomics approaches to identify novel genes that control important traits (such as flavor and disease resistance) in small fruits. He actively teaches science communication to scientists and farmers, and offers science-based discussions on controversial topics with a curious and concerned public. He has been recognized with awards for research, communications, undergraduate mentoring and postdoctoral
advisng. He received a BS/MS from Northern Illinois University 1989/1992, and a Ph.D. from the Laboratory for Molecular Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998.
This event is brought to you in partnership from the Manitoba Canola Growers and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Agriculture & Food Sciences.