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Kevin Folta

Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida

Kevin Folta is a professor in and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He got his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998, and he has worked at University of Wisconsin before settling in at University of Florida. Dr. Folta researches the functional genomics of small fruit crops, the plant transformation, the genetic basis of flavors, and studies at photomorphogenesis and flowering. He has also written many publications and edited books, most recently was the 2011 Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding of Berries. Dr. Folta received the NSF CAREER Award, an HHMI Mentoring Award and was recognized as "University of Florida Foundation Research Professor" in 2010.


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Posted On: Wednesday, 9/04/2013 11:42 am
A: Davis, I LOVES me some Scientific American.  It always has been a pretty reasonable resource at the interface between science and an interested public.  I read the article you cited, and it is raised all the time by critics of biotech.  It is the one place in a reputable source where you'll find the claim that researchers cannot do research on Big Biotech's seeds.  Note the use of "one”. Being a fan of SciAm, I can't fathom what must have been in the water cooler that... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 8/25/2013 11:07 pm
A: Thanks Soup! You could not have found a better person to answer your question. I was front-and-center when this news/chart hit the prime time in March of 2012. It was posted on Moms Against Monsanto where they portrayed it as you do—proof that GM corn is nutritionally vacant and full of glyphosate and formaldehyde.I’ll tell you up front that the “moms” site, Howard Vleiger (the guy that produced these data) and many other anti-GMO websites and promoters stand by these data as valid and... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 8/21/2013 11:48 am
A: Sorry to hear about your husband’s problem.  One of my best friends has GI issues as does her daughter and it is not pleasant.  They’ve been looking for answers too, so I did some research and thought I’d chime in here. I’ll provide some thoughts on why it is not due to anti-pest measures in GMO food, then a bit on increasing celiac disease and then address potential causes, their tie to GMO, and finally a rather interesting twist on the future of GMO and celiac disease. ... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/20/2013 7:32 pm
A: This is a great question, and as an independent scientist that understands and promotes biotech, I know what it is like to be threatened and discredited. Not that it has ever mattered in my field (that’s important later on). When we do science our work is sent out into public forums via journals. The work is always carefully analyzed, criticized, and discussed in the context of our fields. It can get nasty, but usually shapes the discussion forward. But what about “systematic”... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 8/17/2013 11:11 pm
A: I would not call myself "pro-GMO".  I'm pro-science.  Pro-evidence.  Like all scientists, I draw conclusions from the peer-reviewed literature, an understanding of plant molecular mechanisms, and a knowledge of biology.  At this point that leads me to the conclusion that GM is excellent technology that has strengths and limitations, just like anything else. The information presented here on GMO Answers is evidence-based, coming from well-constructed... Continue Reading
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