What Is Gene Editing?
Gene editing makes precise, intentional and beneficial changes in the genetic material of plants and animals used in food production, which can improve their health and sustainability. This often mirrors changes that could occur in nature or through traditional breeding. Gene editing helps farmers keep pace with the growing demand for more and better food, while using less water, land, nutrients and other resources.
Gene editing promises tremendous benefits to society and agriculture. Science Magazine referred to a specific gene editing technology as the 2015 Breakthrough of the Year, and the MIT Technology Review listed it as one of its “10 Innovations That Could Change the World.”
Like all innovations, it is imperative gene editing be used in an ethical, responsible manner.
The Coalition for Responsible Gene Editing in Agriculture was formed by leaders in the fields of science, agriculture and ethics in 2016 as a project of the Center for Food Integrity. Most consumers are unfamiliar with gene editing – both the science behind it and the promise ahead. The Coalition has a mission to cultivate support for responsible use of gene editing in agriculture and understands the importance of engaging stakeholders in that process.
The Coalition for Responsible Gene Editing in Agriculture recognizes a shared goal of building trust in gene editing that provides consumers safe, nutritious and affordable food produced in sustainable systems.