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Learning from Dr. Chilton

Dr. Greg Copenhaver, UNC Director of Graduate Studies, Biology Department

Dr. Greg Copenhaver, UNC Director of Graduate Studies, Biology Department

After reading the recent News & Observer article highlighting Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton as the 2013 Tar Heel of the Year, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on the life and work of Dr. Chilton and how consumers can continue to learn about how and where science is used for food production.

Dr. Chilton is a brilliant and visionary scientist who has applied her intellectual gifts to generate discoveries that have the potential to alleviate a host of critical problems facing our expanding population which relies on dwindling resources. Like any set of scientific discoveries or technology, we have to think hard about how and under what circumstances it can be useful and if it poses any risks. Those discussions need to happen among fellow scientists, policy makers and (perhaps most importantly) the public.

A great place to begin educating yourself about the issues is “Biology Fortified”, a blog written by Pam Ronald a plant scientist at UC Davis (who happens to also be married to an organic farmer). For a more local flavor you might also be interested in the “Feed The Dialogue NC” resource being developed by the North Carolina Animal Agriculture Coalition (NCAAC).

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