In this virtual event, Re-Imagine Europa, together with ALLEA and EU-SAGE, will present two reports that explore different narratives and policy options around genome editing for crop improvement.
Building on previous work on genome editing for crop improvement, ALLEA has recently joined a cross-disciplinary Task Force on “Sustainable Agriculture and Innovation”, led by Re-Imagine Europa. This task force aims to develop scientifically backed proposals on how new innovations, such as genome editing in crops, can support the creation of more sustainable and resilient European agriculture systems.
Public discourse and the narratives framing the discussion around genome editing remain relics of a past environment and inhibit movement towards a shared vision. The narratives are presented as members of two antagonistic groups referred to for convenience as “precaution–focused” versus “innovation-focused”. One of the task force’s aims is to better understand the emotions and values behind different perspectives and to see if, with ambitious climate goals as a clear priority, it is possible to find positive pathways forward.
In this virtual event, Re-Imagine Europa, together with its partners ALLEA and EU-SAGE, will present two reports. The first report explores the role of emotions and narratives in framing the way we think about using genome editing for crop improvement. The second report aims to describe the attributes of an ideal regulatory system and discusses different policy options that can be pursued in relation to existing EU law.