When: June 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Who: Emily Monosson
Where: WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)
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About the seminar:
Bugs and germs are big problems—but in the fight to protect our food and health, they may also be part of the solution. In this talk, toxicologist and veteran science writer Emily Monosson will discuss the ideas from her exciting new book Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health. Monosson will present examples of natural defenses for both food and health, revealing parallels between medicine and agriculture and the importance of considering both together. Examples will include innovations that bring together ecology and the latest advancements in technology. From machine learning for diagnosing plant disease, to pheromones that distract crop-destroying moths from mating, to bacteria busting viruses that can preserve food and cure antibiotic resistant infections, these emerging solutions give hope for a healthier and more sustainable future.
About the speaker:
Emily Monosson is a toxicologist and author, a member of the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship, and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In recent years, her focus has turned toward the impact of industrial age chemicals and technology on food and medicine. Her most recent books are Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Medicine, Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life Gene by Gene, and Evolution in a Toxic World: How Life Responds to Chemical Threats. She has published in The Scientist, Aeon, LA Times, American Scientist, and Whole Terrain in addition to academic journals and blogs somewhat regularly at toxicevolution.wordpress.com.