Don Huber: Failed Promises, Flawed Science — the Interaction of GMOs & Glyphosate on Soil, Plant, Animal, Human Health
Dr. Don Huber returns to the podium for an extended-length session discussing the failed promises and flawed science of modern biotech-based agriculture. Gain a deeper understanding of the interaction of GMOs and glyphosate on soil, plant, animal and human health. He will explain previously unknown side effects and crop disease agents associated with this common chemical which is commonly believed to be benign. The health and nutrition aspects of glyphosate-tolerant crops and the effect increased use of glyphosate is having on soil and crop health are increasingly surfacing with some “older” analyses' predictions becoming a reality. He will update attendees on the state of the science behind this ubiquitous nutrient-blocking chemical drawing from validated scientific research from around the world. He will explain the mechanism of glyphosate herbicidal action as it affects nutrition-disease interactions and crop quality, then share several approaches to improve production efficiency and nutrient quality of the feed and food produced while reducing or eliminating glyphosate use.
Don Huber is professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Idaho, a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was cereal pathologist at the University of Idaho for 8 years before joining the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology at Purdue University in 1971. His agricultural research the past 50 years has focused on the epidemiology and control of soilborne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology, cultural and biological controls, and physiology of host-parasite relationships. Research also includes nitrogen metabolism, micronutrient physiology, inhibition of nitrification, and nutrient-disease interactions. In addition to his academic positions and research, he is internationally recognized for his expertise in the development of nitrification inhibitors to improve the efficiency of N fertilizers, interactions of the form of nitrogen, manganese and other nutrients in disease, herbicide-nutrient-disease interactions, techniques for rapid microbial identification, and cultural control of plant diseases.
(2 hours, 57 minutes, 19 seconds) Recorded Saturday, December 14, 2013