Examining Big Issues

June 8, 2018

CAST will officially roll out its much-anticipated Issue Paper #60--Genome Editing in Agriculture: Methods, Applications, and Governance--on July 9 in Washington, D.C.  

As the paper says, "The power of genome editing suggests that, if conducive social and regulatory conditions are in place, it can substantially increase the positive impacts of plant and animal breeding on human welfare and sustainability."  

The publication will be an important resource for regulatory agencies, policymakers, research institutions, industry, and the general public. Watch for specifics about the July 9 events in upcoming Friday Notes editions.

Photo on Right: On June 4 in St. Louis, an audience hosted by the Society for In Vitro Biology enjoyed a preview of CAST's forthcoming gene editing paper. Task Force Chair Adam Bogdanove (Cornell University) presented key information. CAST EVP Kent Schescke introduced the event, and various board members attended, including David Songstad--the CAST Liaison for the publication.

Free-Range Poultry Publication

On July 18 in Washington, D.C., CAST will roll out Issue Paper #61, Impact of Free-range Poultry Production Systems on Animal Health, Human Health, Productivity, Environment, Food Safety, and Animal Welfare Issues.  

Task Force Cochairs Jacquie Jacob and Tony Pescatore (both from the University of Kentucky) will present science-based findings about this important issue. The publication reviews what is known about poultry egg and meat production with specific attention to available research on niche production systems--looking at management, health, nutrition, food safety, and other topics. Watch for details regarding the rollout events and access to the publication in upcoming Friday Notes editions.