Happy Monday, team! As many of you know, I had the absolute privilege of touring the Monsanto Research & Development facility in St. Louis this past weekend. I have never been in a room with so many individuals who possessed at least one Ph.D. in my life.
Talk about imposter syndrome!
While not in possession of a P.H.D. myself, I was told that I was picked for the tour and roundtable discussion due to my view on bioethics, my sociological views on the subject matter, and the uniqueness of an individual in the world of fitness that accepts GMOs with such open arms. I can live with that.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am sure some of you are wondering how much money a Monsanto shill like myself made from this trip. I was reimbursed for the $130 I spent on gas to drive there (7 hours each way). I was not reimbursed for the near-$100 I spent on my own food, which brings my total weekend profit to -$100 for the trip. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Now that we have that out of the way, I would like to touch on some of the points we discussed during the roundtable, some myth-busting regarding GMOs/genetic editing, as well as some talking points we discussed during the tour. Finally, I would like you to check out a 10-minute video I recorded of Monsanto’s Genome Futurist (coolest job title ever) Larry Gilbertson discussing in detail the process that involves the editing of a specific plant’s gene for its desired result.