Earth911 Podcast: Dr. Katrina Cornish on the Future of Rubber Production

May. 7, 2019

Dr. Katrina Cornish developed a genetically engineered dandelion to produce natural latex — which is primarily imported from Southeast Asia — in vertical indoor farms in the U.S. As the scientific adviser to American Sustainable Rubber Company, Dr. Cornish is working to commercialize T.K. Dandelion rubber for the sporting goods, medical supplies, and tire industries. She speaks with Earth911 about the potential to displace $1.6 billion in rubber import costs and the improved materials security associated with diversifying natural rubber production beyond the current monoculture-based tapping of rubber trees. Click here to listen!