Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm
Academic scientists and companies are developing numerous potentially beneficial gene edited agricultural products. Getting those products into the farmers’ fields, however, is not just about mastering the science of gene editing and conventional breeding. Those products must be found safe, food manufacturers must agree to use them in their food products, and consumers must be comfortable eating those food products. This talk will analyze the currently evolving regulatory pathway for gene edited crops around the world, the issues that arise from different regulatory options, and a possible regulatory pathway forward. It will also discuss issues that may need to be addressed to ensure consumer acceptance, such as transparency. Understanding these different bumps in the roadway will hopefully lead to an environment where safe gene edited products can have a positive impact on agriculture.