The Project’s scientists are available to discuss science, food and agriculture and their impacts on health and the environment. Contact us to arrange an interview. Below are some recent radio interviews.
Scientific innovation and public protection depends on regulation. Regulation at government agencies such as the EPA has an undeserved aura of science and rigour that is exposed in this fascinating extended (51 minute) interview. https://resistanceradioprn.podbean.com/e/resistance-radio-jonathan-r-latham-061718/
Based on the newly-released Poison Papers, Dr. Jonathan Latham of Independent Science News slams the EPA and its predecessors. Latham is also executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project, which has released a huge trove of documents from industries and regulators, the Poison Papers here.
We open with a discussion of recent moves by Trump’s EPA under Scott Pruitt, which just announced very narrow enforcement of 2016’s updates of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. Latham is dismissive, saying the EPA “already had its agenda for not doing anything”, and that EPA “has never done its job”.
This leads to his description of the Poison Papers, which date to 1920 and show that pattern of weak regulation, unchanged by the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. We walk through searches for “Agent Orange” and “glyphosate”, and he comments on the range of documents in the collection.
Latham offers a sweeping indictment of EPA and regulation of toxic chemicals in general, describing a game where the industries are always outraged at “over-reach” and EPA enables the industries while appearing to regulate them. He sees little difference between Democrats who champion science as the basis of regulation and Republicans who promote corporate profits over sensible regulation. https://www.peterbcollins.com/2018/06/11/in-depth-interview-dr-jonathan-latham-exposes-the-game-epa-plays-with-industries-it-regulates/
Todd Zwillich of WNYC interviews Dr Jonathan Latham about the politics of chemical regulation and the revelations of the Poison Papers (7 minutes) http://www.wnyc.org/story/poison-papers-reveal-all/
In this one hour interview, Project Exec. Director Jonathan Latham discusses the future and the food movement with Jeffry Fawcett, PhD on the radio show: Your Own Health And Fitness. How is the food movement becoming the political alternative to neoliberalism? What are the threats to the food movement? How it might be co-opted and by who?
In this wide-ranging hour long interview with call-in questions, Dr. Latham discusses topics from GMOs and farming systems to human disease genes to the politics of science and the economy.
In Dr. Latham’s second interview with Kenny Jones (18 March 2013 on Talk Radio Europe) you can listen to the Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project give his view of the reality of the “food crisis” and on the many positive alternatives to GMOs and industrial agriculture. The interview starts with an overview of how GMOs might appear, in the short term, to benefit those farmers who choose to use insecticides and herbicides, rather than adopt agroecological or organic techniques. Dr. Latham and Mr. Jones then discuss how the combination of GMOs, patents on life, and the consolidation of seed and chemical companies gives enormous control over agriculture and the food supply to just a handful of corporations. They also discuss where the idea of a world-wide “food crisis” comes from and who benefits from the belief that there is a food shortage and that industrial agriculture is more productive than other alternatives. In response to the question, “Are GMOs a good technology, just in the wrong hands?”, Dr. Latham points out some of the many unresolved scientific and safety issues surrounding GMOs. Lastly they discuss SRI and other high yielding and ecologically sound systems that can contribute to a healthy global food and farming system, one that supports cultural and biological diversity and does not rely on GMOs, herbicides, artificial fertilizers, and other expensive and polluting inputs. The interview is available at: www.talkradioeurope.com/clients/jlatham2.mp3
In Dr. Latham’s interview on 11 March 2013 with Kenny Jones on Talk Radio Europe, you can listen to the Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project give his view of the impact genetically engineered (GE) seeds on food and farming and the inadequacies of food safety regulation. Interview questions include who needs GE organisms? Why do farmer’s grow GE seeds? What are the implications of GE seeds for food and seed prices? And what are the safety implications of the ‘Hidden’ Viral Gene VI DNA found in the majority of genetically engineered plants? Listen to this important interview at the following mp3 link: www.talkradioeurope.com/clients/latham.mp3
On 28 March 2012, Jonathan Latham was interviewed on Pacifica’s Uprising radio show about the Project article “Way beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured Big Conservation?” Hear the interview at: Big Conservation Groups Rife With Corporate Executives.
“A lively debate is shaping up between environmentalists and geneticists. Environmentalists, pointing to an important new study, say that deviations from the genetic norm are too small to matter in determining, for example, whether or not you will be diabetic. If true, this must make environmental causes, like what you eat, proportionally much more important. Genetic medicine begs–loudly!–to differ. We hear from both sides.”
Jonathan Latham, Ph.D., Executive Director, Bioscience Resource Project
Stanley Nelson, M.D., Professor of Human Genetics and Psychiatry, Director of the UCLA DNA Microarray Facility, and Co-Director of the Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy