4-H youth teach kids how science can help feed the world
Jun 26, 2012
MU Extension is very active in Missouri 4-H programs, like this one that educates young people on how to use “Biotech to Feed the World,” which is right in the Food For the Future wheelhouse.
From MU Extension
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Brenda Pineda and Tinaira Tieuel stand in front of a classroom, teaching 30 students how to build DNA structures using candy.
Brenda and Tinaira are teaching a workshop, “Biotech to Feed the World,” in which students learn the importance of using biotechnology to reduce hunger as the world population continues to grow.
“Most people in the U.S. don’t understand that people in other countries worry about how they’re going to eat every day,” said Tieuel, a St. Louis County 4-H’er. “So with biotechnology, we’re trying to inform people and help them grow more food so they can eat just like we can.”
Biotechnology applies biological science to advancing engineering, medicine, agriculture and food technology. Biotechnologists look for ways to enhance animals and plants by manipulating the genes of organisms and inserting them into other organisms to produce a desired trait. More…