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SXSW 2019

Gene Editing and The Future of Food & Agriculture

What is gene editing? What societal issues are at play? What does it mean for the future of food, health and the environment?
We’re on the cusp of seeing incredible breakthroughs using CRISPR gene editing methods to cure debilitating diseases in humans. Could the same methods hold promise for plants and animals?

Using case studies, our panel representing academia, scientists and farmers will discuss some of the biggest challenges facing modern ag today—including climate change, drought, disease and population growth--and explore how science will shape our future.

From drought-resistant spinach, to low-gluten wheat, and even hornless cattle–what could be coming down the pipeline? And what are the environmental, health and social implications?

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  1. The impacts of gene editing on the future of food, health and the environment.
  2. New gene editing innovations coming down the pipeline.
  3. The social conversation around gene editing.



Bethany Shively, Communications Director , American Seed Trade Association

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Level: Beginner
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