Genetics, Poultry, and Waste

June 22, 2018

Led by Task Force Chair Adam J. Bogdanove, the authors of CAST's forthcoming issue paper about genome editing focus their attention on a tool that can increase the positive impacts of plant and animal breeding on human welfare and sustainability. Genome editing enables unprecedented control over genetic material and offers the opportunity to make rapid advances that influence agricultural practices.

Genome Editing in Agriculture: Methods, Applications, and Governance will be rolled out on July 9 during presentations at the House and Senate Agriculture Committee rooms in Washington, D.C. Watch for details next week. For a broad overview and a look at specific scientific implications regarding gene editing, check out the recent CAST blog, Gene Editing--Touching All Avenues of Ag.  

Many universities and laboratories around the world are applying gene editing techniques. In this link, North Carolina State's Rodolphe Barrangou is interviewed about the amazing applications of DNA genome editing--specifically using CRISPR technology. And according to this new report, scientists have produced pigs that can resist porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome by changing their genetic code.

Poultry Production

Food Waste Publication

CAST Issue Paper #62 will be available in September. It focuses on the important topic of Food Loss and Waste. As the authors state, "Reducing food loss and waste is one of the key strategies to combat hunger and sustainably feed the world."  

Veterinarian Update--a Shortage of Superheros

Last week's Friday Notes featured the important issue of a veterinarian shortage for large animals. Check this blog for a few reflections about the importance of these "superheroes" for livestock farmers, rural communities, and the general public.