Biotech Updates

Gene Editing: A Potential GameChanger for Crop Agriculture

February 20, 2019

A new report from CoBank, accompanied by a video by CoBank Senior Economist Crystal Carpenter discusses gene editing, and its benefits and challenges. Titled Gene Editing: A Potential Game Changer for Crop Agriculture, the report describes gene editing as "game changing," "revolutionary," and "evolutionary." 

The report points out that the potential benefits of gene editing technology are vast, and scientists are continually improving the technology and uncovering new applications to resolve some of agriculture's greatest challenges. However, it also cites consumer acceptance, regulation, and technology and intellectual property as the technology's major challenges. Lastly, the author states that two factors that are critical to the widespread success of gene editing are: developing the technology in a responsible way, accurate and transparent communication about the technology, and the benefits that matter most to consumers.

For more details, read the report or watch the video from CoBank.