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Issue Papers - IP60 - July 2018

Genome Editing in Agriculture: Methods, Applications, and Governance is a paper in the series on The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050. Genome editing is a powerful new method that enables unprecedented control over genetic material and offers the opportunity to make rapid advances in basic and applied biology. This issue paper describes how genome editing is performed, the types of “edits” that can be made, how the process relates to traditional breeding and conventional genetic engineering, and the potential limitations of the approach. The paper also presents an overview of the current landscape of governance of genome editing, including existing regulations, international agreements, and standards and codes of conduct, as well as a discussion of factors that affect governance, including comparison with other approaches to genetic modification, environmental and animal welfare impacts of specific applications, values of producers and consumers, and economic impacts, among others. Chair: Adam J. Bogdanove, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. IP60, July 2018, 24 pp. FREE. Available online and in print (fee for shipping/handling).

Ag quickCASTs - 60-QC - July 2018

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document, Genome Editing in Agriculture: Methods, Applications, and Governance.

Special Publications - SP32 - May 2018

This publication presents a robust narrative on the family of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids—a narrative that not only includes their biochemistry, but also encompasses potential health effects, dietary sources, recommended intakes, and federal regulations regarding health and nutrient claims—so readers can make informed decisions on if and how they can better incorporate these nutrients in promoting a healthier lifestyle. Project Manager/Lead Author: Don Beitz, Iowa State University. SP32, May 2018, 50 pp. $20.00 U.S. (plus shipping).

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted materials from SP32.

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LINK TO PRESENTATION (Dr. Beitz presented highlights at the American Society of Oil Chemists Annual Meeting, May 8, 2018)

Ag quickCASTs - 32-QC - May 2018

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document, Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Health Benefits and Dietary Recommendations. (SP32)

Task Force Reports - R143 - April 2018

Many conflicting values and norms in our society related to the use of animals lead to increasing disagreements about what constitutes a “good life” for the animals in our care. Broadly speaking, applied ethicists have discussed two different approaches to this topic—one focuses on the consequences of using animals in particular ways, and the other on the morality of that use, regardless of the consequences. These two positions are reflected in the “animal welfare” and “animal rights” views, respectively. Another ethical perspective is that animals are owed a good standard of care because of the benefits we derive from them. Nevertheless, understanding both the science and the ethics of animal welfare is critical to understanding and reconciling differing perspectives about animal care and use. This task force report addresses the issue by examining these key topics: the current issues facing agricultural animal production, insights into the origins of current welfare concerns, major scientific advances that have occurred since the 1997 CAST Task Force Report, and outstanding challenges and priority areas for future research, coordination, and outreach relative to agricultural animal welfare. Cochairs: Candace Croney, Purdue University; Joy Mench, University of California-Davis; and William Muir, Purdue University. R143, April 2018, ISBN 978-1-887383-37-9, 52 pp., FREE. Available online and in print (fee for shipping/handling).

Ag quickCASTs - 143-QC - April 2018

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document, Scientific, Ethical, and Economic Aspects of Farm Animal Welfare. (R143)

Issue Papers - IP59 - March 2018

This report examines the current U.S. regulatory system for GE crops, compares it with those of major trading partners, and considers the effects it has on agricultural biotechnology. The authors of this CAST Issue Paper show that despite foundational contributions requiring considerable public resource commitments for GE crop innovation and development, academic institutions and small private entities have been almost entirely excluded from the agricultural biotechnology market. The regulatory system needs to be adjusted, or "public, academic, and small business entities will continue to be frustrated in using these safe tools to deliver useful products." Chair: Alan McHughen (Chair), University of California, Riverside. IP59, March 2018, 20 pp. FREE. Available online and in print (fee for shipping/handling).
(key words: biotech innovation, genetic engineering, GM crops, GMO)

Ag quickCASTs - 59-QC - March 2018

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document (IP 59), Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative Agricultural Biotechnology by Small Businesses and Universities. AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY.

CAST Commentaries - QTA2017-1 - June 2017

Pollinators are responsible for about 1/3 of our human diet by volume. Although honey bees are one of nearly 20,000 bee species, they support more than $19B in food and crop production in the United States each year. A serious decline in honey bee health has significant implications for agriculture. This paper provides a summary of the scientific issues, current research, and recommendations related to bee health, as well as opportunities for beekeepers, land managers, crop producers, homeowners, and policymakers to engage in helping understand and address the problems to ultimately restore healthy populations of honey bees and other pollinators. Chair: Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota. QTA2017-1, 16 pp., June 2017, AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY.

Ag quickCASTs - QTA2017-1 QC - June 2017

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document, Why Does Bee Health Matter? The Science Surrounding Honey Bee Health Concerns and What We Can Do About It. AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY.