Gene Edited Foods Project

This project’s goal is to identify key inducements and impediments to public trust of gene edited foods (GEFs) and their governance. Our project involves an interdisciplinary team of experts from Iowa State University (ISU) and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

This work was funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Social Implications of Emerging Technologies, Grant # 2018-67023-27679

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Researchers Dr. Theresa Selfa and Dr. Christopher Cummings were recently interviewed by Scripps National News. They discussed some of the governance and social tensions surrounding gene edited foods. The short video segment can be viewed by clicking here.


The Gene Edited Foods project team is in the process of planning a participatory workshop where invited participants discuss our project findings and social and ethical issues around gene editing in agriculture and food. Our goal is for the workshop to take place during the spring of 2022. The intended outcome of the workshop is to develop recommendations for governance (both public and private oversight) of gene editing in agriculture and food. Stay tuned for updates.


Dr. Dave Peters publishes Iowa State University extension article on part 1 of nationwide GEF survey data findings. “Public Awareness and Understanding of Gene Edited Food in the US.”


Dr. Theresa Selfa was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to conduct a cross-country comparison of key stakeholder perceptions related to GEF. Click here to read the project abstract, or click here to read an interview with Dr. Selfa about the project.