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Dr. Jo Handelsman | Soil Health & The Microbiome | #95 Homeless Romantic

My friend Dr. Jo Handelsman stops by to talk with us about soil and the microbiology that gives it its health. We discuss the research that seems to indicate we need to rethink our industrial agriculture practices. We also discuss the gut microbiome and its role in making us healthy and happy. This is a informative conversation with a brilliant human being!

Jo Emily Handelsman is the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is also a Vilas Research Professor and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Dr. Handelsman was appointed by President Barack Obama as the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she served for three years until January 2017. She has been editor-in-chief of the academic journal DNA and Cell Biology and author of books on scientific education, most notably Scientific Teaching.

A World Without Soil: The Past, Present, and Precarious Future of the Earth Beneath Our Feet

Key Moments
0:00 Intro
1:15 The Fantastic World of Microbes
4:30 Industrial Agriculture
10:00 The Microbiome
13:30 A Community of Organisms
16:00 Probiotics & Fermentation
18:00 Aerobic and Anaerobic
19:00 Politics and Science
26:00 The Broken Farming System
28:00 Favorite Places in the World
33:00 Are We Making Progress
35:00 Outro

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