An Interdisciplinary Approach to Agriculture Training



By Gloria Nzeka

Could a multifaceted education in agriculture be the missing link in solving food insecurity in Africa? Blessing Iveren Agada, lecturer in the department of Soil Science at the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi, Nigeria, proposes a model for interdisciplinary education that would ensure the sustainability of agricultural policies.

Listen to the interview here


Is Non-GMO Always Healthy?


By Gloria Nzeka

The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources launched a series of science-based community conversations around food, called “Our Table”.

The aim is to help consumers make informed choices as far food and nutrition is concerned.   The first discussion focused on the science behind GMOs, and how food labeled as “non-GMO” are not always indicators of healthy food.

On the panel were:

  • Alison Bernstein, assistant professor, MSU College of Human Medicine, and founder, Science Moms
  • Jennifer Carter-Johnson, associate professor, MSU College of Law
  • Paul Thompson, MSU W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics
  • Felicia Wu, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, MSU Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, and MSU Department of Food Science

Listen to the discussion here

Diets are Better Predictors of Weight Gain

For the second part of the series, ‘What does Healthy Eating Look Like?’, reporter Naina Rao explores the relationship between body weight and our health.

She talks to Anne Buffington, the nutrition program coordinator at Michigan State University, on whether weight gain is a good predictor of our health and how the messages and ideas of a healthy lifestyle, have de-regulated the way we control our food consumption.

If you have not listened to the first episode of the series, you can find it here.