With: Eric Hallerman (Virginia Tech)
When the Food and Drug Administration approved the production and sale of genetically modified salmon in 2015, some consumers were alarmed by the prospect of consuming “Frankenfish.” But are all genetically modified foods dangerous?
With: Ryan Huish (University of Virginia’s College at Wise) and Michael Timko (University of Virginia)
Southwest Virginia has seen a decline in coal and tobacco—two industries that once boomed in the region. Could hemp be a way to boost the local economy?
With: Camellia Moses Okpodu (Norfolk State University)
When a person’s time is taken up by the needs of daily subsistence due to poverty, environmental concerns can recede as a priority. Camellia Moses Okpodu is investigating ways to get more disenfranchised minorities and people who are economically at risk interested in environmental activism.
With: Greg Wilson (Virginia Humanities)
In July of 1975, news spread that workers at a factory in Hopewell, Virginia had been poisoned by an insecticide called Kepone. Historian Greg Wilson traces the environmental crisis that followed with the discovery that the James River and marine life were saturated with the chemical.
With: Sara Maxwell (Old Dominion University)
What if there was an app that worked like Google Maps, but for marine animals? Sara Maxwell is using satellite tracking to help fisheries avoid catching animals like whales, turtles, and sharks while they’re hunting for other fish.