Bacteria in Bodies and On The Farm #430

July 14, 2017

This week we look at how new science and new challenges are pushing us to think differently about the role of bacteria in healthcare and pest control in agriculture. We speak to award-winning science writer Ed Yong about his book I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life" and how our understanding of how microscopic organisms affect our life and health has changed. And we talk with Emily Monosson, environmental toxicologist and author, about her book "Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health" about the parallels between healthcare and agriculture in fending off pests and disease.

Guests:

  • Ed Yong
  • Emily Monosson

Guest Bios

Ed Yong

Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer who reports for The Atlantic. His work has also appeared in National Geographic, Wired, the New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, among many others. He is the author of the bestselling book “I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life”.

Emily Monosson

Emily Monosson is an environmental toxicologist and writer. She is an independent scholar at the Ronin Institute and an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the editor of "Motherhood: The Elephant in the Laboratory", and is the author of three books, including her most recent "Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health".

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