Genome editing and the future of food

The Food Standards Agency has published the report from the workshop it hosted with the N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub on genome editing.

In December 2020, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub jointly held an online workshop entitled ‘Genome Editing and the Future of Food’.

The workshop was attended by more than 60 stakeholders from academia, government and industry.

Genome editing (GE) technologies are becoming more widespread and have distinct advantages over more traditional genetic modification (GM) technologies. The workshop aimed to horizon scan for emerging GE techniques in our food supply systems to inform future risk assessment and risk management decisions.

The FSA has now published the summary report from the workshop, providing a snapshot of the current and potential future use of GE in food and feed based on discussions from the event.

The report, which gives three GE case studies covering disease resistance in bananas, disease resistance in pigs, and genome editing of microbes in the food system, can be read online here.

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