He jet-sets around the planet and writes letters to government officials, brandishing academic and military credentials. He speaks with authority as an affiliate of a land-grant university. His claims rattle audiences and frighten regulators in the Developing World. Dr. Don M. Huber is a Professor Emeritus at Purdue University. Over the last decade he has taken the point to denigrate agricultural biotechnology and its associated chemistries. Many of his fantastical claims are patently false, such as his discovery of a new life form that was thriving on Roundup herbicide and causing disease in humans, animals and plants. When challenged, he attacks his critics, even resorting to false claims to their employers to silence them. Still he circles the globe in a Quixotic attempt to end implementation of useful technology. What is the motivation? Why does it continue? Today’s episode analyzes the claims and outcomes with Rob Wager, retired faculty member of Vancouver Island University in Naniamo, Britsh Columbia. Rob has been a remarkable voice in identifying false information and helping correct it, with expertise in the literature and the personalities that push false information agendas. Follow Rob Wager on Twitter: @RobertWager1 Link to Huber’s talk at Plant Animal Genome Conference 2019 (from PAG website; I’m on Page 10). Link to his complaint letter to my employer (available via public records request) # COLABRA Talking Biotech is brought to you by Colabra – an R&D platform that brings your lab’s world-changing research together in one shared space. Learn more at https://www.colabra.app/ # TALKING BIOTECH Twitter: https://twitter.com/talkingbiotech Website: https://www.colabra.app/podcasts/talking-biotech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colabrahq The Talking Biotech podcast is distinct from Dr. Kevin Folta's teaching and research roles at the University of Florida. The views expressed on the show are those of Dr. Folta and his guests, and do not reflect the opinions of the university or Colabra.
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