The Why and How Podcast looks to answer big questions in agriculture, food, and the environment through casual conversations that are rooted in research. Host Josh Moran chats with graduate students, researchers and professors to learn more about the science behind today's hot topics and trends. This podcast is published by the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph.
22. How do we get research in the right hands? Featuring Dr. Amy Lemay
Producing informative research is the goal of all our guests, but ensuring that groundbreaking research is actually used is the focus of Dr. Amy Lemay. Amy, post-doc researcher, is working to determine why Integrated Pest Management practices have been so widely adopted by farmers. She explains the “sociology of science”, why knowledge translation and transfer is critical to research adoption and how she’s hoping her own research will help others translate theirs into common practice.
Episode 21: How do the processed foods (we love) affect our health?
Ultra-processed foods are dominant in our Western diet, and this doesn’t just include pop and chips. Many processed foods that consumers consider to be healthy (based on their ingredients) are negatively affecting our health. Dr. Mike Rogers explains the evolution of our diet and the impacts of processed food on our bodies. He also unpacks the complications of our current food system, which prioritizes technological innovation over understanding the impacts on our health.
How is cow health connected to farmer mental health?
Using robots to care for dairy cows might sound a cold or dystopian to some, but researcher Dr. Meagan King found a connection between automation and positive health benefits for dairy cows and the farmers who care for them. In this episode, Meagan talks all about dairy cows and explains the linkage between automation, strong herd health and benefits for farmer mental health. Note: Meagan received permission to visit and work with farms/farmers and followed policy set by the University of Guelph.
Why should we care about wild bees?
This past summer, hundreds of teachers across Canada played host to bee hotels in hopes of better understanding solitary wild bees. Sage Handler, a master’s student in the School of Environmental Sciences, tells Graeme and Jordan all about this unique approach to crowd-sourcing research data and why tracking wild bees is worthwhile. She also answers all of Graeme and Jordan’s random bee-related questions.
How do your onions grow?
Onions, like all living things, need protection from pests and diseases. Sara Stricker, a PhD candidate in the Department of Plant Agriculture, explains how her research is protecting Ontario’s onions. She also gives Graeme and Jordan the inside scoop on completing a PhD and winning the University of Guelph’s 3MT Competition.
A descriptive transcript is available here: https://www.uoguelph.ca/oac/system/files/Episode%2018%20How%20Do%20Your%20Onions%20Grow%20Transcript.txt
How might neuroscience shift animal welfare standards?
Mice are the most commonly used animal in research, and Lindsey Kitchenham is on a mission to determine how their housing environments impact their welfare. She chats about mice behaviour and neuroscience will help us better understand the impact housing has on their brain. Note: We discuss potentially upsetting topics. All research at the University of Guelph is done in adherence to UofG's Animal Care Policy and Procedures, the Animals for Research Act and the Canadian Council on Animal Care.
Can’t wait to hear more.
Great podcast! I look forward to hearing more! Host is fantastic!
The host sounds familiar.
I can quite put my finger on it.