Gene Drives and Synthetic Biology: What are the Implications for Food Systems, Biodiversity, and the Environment – and What Can We Do?
Gene drives are genetic engineering technologies purported to improve seeds and combat pests and disease. These genetic technologies are designed for herbicide tolerance or to introduce traits into seeds, weeds, and insects. What are the threats they pose, and what might the risks be to biodiversity, food security, smallholder livelihoods, and food sovereignty?
Many indigenous people, farming communities, and farmer and consumer groups advocate for a moratorium of on-field use of these emerging technologies, and this debate has moved into negotiations at the UN Convention on Biodiversity. In this webinar, we’ll hear from a scientist, community leader, grassroots organizer, and funder about the implications of synthetic biology and gene drives and what we can do to ensure public safety.
Sponsored by: AgroEcology Fund, CS Fund, GRACE Communications Foundation, and The Nell Newman Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Biodiversity Funders Group