My name is Harold Keyser and I’m an agricultural scientist and educator. I have a background in plant science, ecology and soil science from the University of California at Davis, and worked for 10 years as a Soil Microbiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and then 24 years with the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, specializing in the legume-Rhizobium symbiosis, and was the Maui County Administrator for Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station for 10 years.
Having participated in legume and nitrogen fixation improvement programs in developing countries, I am aware of the need for continued advances in agricultural science and technology to provide our world’s increasing population with adequate food, produced efficiently. I have given presentations and written on the topic of GMOs and agricultural biotechnology since 2002, providing the public and policy makers with evidence-based science on this widely misunderstood topic.
I believe that an informed public is necessary for us to survive and thrive, and as an educator I am passionate about providing the best quality science, evidence-based information and reason to this discussion. The history of civilization shows undeniable progress in almost every measure, and the foundation for much of it has been the application of the scientific method. Basic understanding of scientific advances throughout history also leaves one an incurable optimist. Fear will not be feeding the future; food production will, and we should understand how much progress we have made and the challenges that will demand even more.