Gene Edited Foods and Agriculture Virtual Conference

 Virtual Conference

Gene Editing in Agriculture and Food:

Social Concerns, Public Engagement and Governance

October 20 & 21, 2020

11:00-3:00 pm USA Central Time*

Purpose: Understanding public concerns, values, and trust issues regarding gene editing in agriculture and food is a prerequisite to developing socially responsive policies, regulations, and private governance. This conference will present research and insights from social scientists and other scholars regarding social concerns and public engagement on gene editing in agriculture and food. It will explore the interrelationship of governance and engagement, identifying key considerations, responsibilities and opportunities.

Registration is now open: This virtual conference event is free and open to decision makers, stakeholders, and the public.  Registration is required, but it is free. Go to .

About: This meeting is organized by Iowa State University with assistance from the State University of New York College of Environment Science and Forestry and the Keystone Policy Center. It is made possible through funding by United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Format: Conference sessions will be comprised of 10-minute lightning talks followed by panel discussion and audience Q/A. Sessions will be complemented by small group discussions and networking opportunities.

* All times are Central Time Zone (same as Chicago)


Current Agenda


Click on presentation titles for abstracts, bios, and social media links.

Carmen Bain

Associate Dean and Professor, Department of Sociology
Iowa State University (USA)
“Closing the Trust Deficit for Gene Editing in Agriculture”

Robert Chiles

Assistant Professor and Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
Pennsylvania State University (USA)
“Same Difference? The Ethics of Gene-editing for Conventional, Plant-based, and Cell-based Meat Products”

Māui Hudson

Associate Professor & Senior Research Fellow, Māori and Indigenous Studies
University of Waikato (New Zealand)
“Māori Perspectives on Gene Editing”

Gregory Graff

Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Colorado State University (USA)
“Intellectual Property as a Governance Mechanism for Genome Editing in Agriculture and Food”

Naoko Kato-Nitta

Assistant Professor, Department of Statistical Data Science, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics (Japan)
“The Effects of Information on Consumer Attitudes Toward Gene-edited Foods: A Comparison Between Livestock and Vegetables”

Milind Kandlikar

Director and Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
The University of British Columbia (Canada)
“What Triggers Regulation of Gene-Edited Crops? A Cross-National Assessment”

Jennifer Kuzma

Professor and Director of Genetic Engineering and Society Center (GESC)
North Carolina State University (USA)
“Unpacking and Evaluating Regulatory Policy Pathways for Gene-edited Agricultural Products”

Ruth Mampuys

PhD candidate and Coordinator on Ethics and Societal Aspects
The Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM, The Netherlands)
“The Role and Limitations of Technocratic, Deliberative and Regulatory Approaches in Biotechnology Governance”

Sara Nawaz

PhD Candidate, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
University of British Columbia (Canada)
“New Products, Old Logics? A Q Method Study on Public Perceptions of Gene Editing and Gene Drives for Agriculture”

Kevin Pixley

Genetic Resources Program Director
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center – CIMMYT (Mexico)
“How We Decide Who Benefits from the Potential Contributions of Genome Edited Crops”

David Resnik

National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (USA)
“Unresolved Issues in Public and Community Engagement for the Release of Genetically Modified Organisms into the Environment”

Paul B. Thompson

Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
Michigan State University (USA)
“Non-Safety Dimensions of Gene Editing: How Philosophers Could Help”

Dominique Brossard

Professor & Chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication
University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
“Societal Debates About Emerging Genetic Technologies: Toward a Science of Public Engagement”

Michael Dahlstrom

LAS Dean’s Professor and Director, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Iowa State University (USA)
“The Media’s Taste for Gene Edited Foods”

Adrian Ely

Reader in Technology and Sustainability (SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit)
University of Sussex (United Kingdom)
“What Can Past Dynamics of Agbiotech Regulation Teach Us about Trans-Atlantic Divergences in Genome Editing?”