Gene Edited Foods and Agriculture 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 presented research and insights from social scientists and other scholars regarding social concerns and public engagement on gene editing in agriculture and food. It explored the interrelationship of governance and engagement, identifying key considerations, responsibilities and opportunities.

About: This meeting was 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 was made possible through funding by United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Format: Conference sessions comprised 10-minute lightning talk presentations followed by panel discussions and audience Q/A. Sessions were complemented by small group discussions and networking opportunities.

Outputs: The presenters and GEF Project team will publish a policy perspective piece based on key findings from the conference. A series of academic research articles are also being prepared for a special issue journal. Please stay tuned for more details.



Presentation Videos

Conference Overview

Recap Video

Parag Chitnis
Opening Remarks

Carmen Bain
Welcome

Session 1: Governance, Regulation, and Policy Pathways

Session 1 Panel Discussion

Jennifer Kuzma
Unpacking and Evaluating Regulatory Policy Pathways for Gene-edited Agricultural Products (extended version)

Ruth Mampuys
The Role and Limitations of Technocratic, Deliberative, and Regulatory Approaches in Biotechnology Governance

Milind Kandlikar
What Triggers Regulation of Gene-edited Crops? A Cross-National Assessment

Adrian Ely
What Can Past Dynamics of Agbiotech Regulation Teach Us About Trans-Atlantic Divergences in Genome Editing?

Session 2: Framing Risks and Benefits

Session 2 Panel Discussion

Naoko Kato-Nitta
The Effects of Information on Consumer Attitudes Toward Gene-edited Foods: A Comparison Between Livestock and Vegetables

Paul B. Thompson
Non-Safety Dimensions of Gene Editing: How Philosophers Could Help

Kevin Pixley
How We Decide Who Benefits from the Potential Contributions of Genome Edited Crops?

Robert Chiles & Lina Tami-Barrera
Policy and Ethical Implications of Gene-editing for Livestock, Plant-based Proteins, and Cell-based Foods

Session 3: Public Engagement and Trust

Session 3 Panel Discussion

Dominique Brossard
Societal Debates About Emerging Genetic Technologies: Toward a Science of Public Engagement

Carmen Bain
Closing the Trust Deficit for Gene Editing in Agriculture

David Resnik
Unresolved Issues in Public and Community Engagement for the Release of Genetically Modified Organisms into the Environment

Michael Dahlstrom
The Media’s Taste for Gene-edited Food

Session 4: Concerns, Values, and Control

Session 4 Panel Discussion

Maui Hudson
Māori Perspectives on Gene Editing

Sara Nawaz
New Products, Old Logics? A Q Method Study on Public Perceptions of Gene Editing and Gene Drives for Agriculture

Greg Graff
Intellectual Property as a Governance Mechanism for Genome Editing in Agriculture and Food

 


Presenters

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

Bioethicist
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?”