Profile: Richard Roush

Entomologist

Dr. Roush holds degrees in entomology from the University of California, Davis and Berkeley. From 1987-1995, he was Associate Professor of Entomology at Cornell University. In 1995, he joined the Department of Crop Protection at the University of Adelaide, and from 1998 to 2003, was Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Weed Management. Between 2003 and 2006, Rick was Director of the Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Agriculture Programs for the University of California, before moving to the University of Melbourne.

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GM Crops Shrink Pesticides' Footprint

No wonder modern apocalyptic mythology about agriculture, sinister stories about pesticides and assertions that genetic engineering of crops break a biological taboo find a very receptive audience, especially among those who don’t ever go to a modern farm. In truth, there’s a lot to feel good about in the way modern agriculture is shaping up to the big challenges of the present – reducing carbon emissions, preventing soil erosion and minimizing any environmental damage by herbicides and pesticides.

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