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Gene Drives and Synthetic Biology: What are the Implications for Food Systems, Biodiversity, and the Environment – and What Can We Do?

October 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am PDT

Sponsored by AgroEcology Fund, CS Fund, GRACE Communications Foundation, and The Nell Newman Foundation
Co-Sponsored by Biodiversity Funders Group

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.


Mariam Mayet, executive director, African Centre for Biodiversity
Maywa Montenegro, post-doctoral research fellow, UC Davis
Dana Perls, senior food and agriculture campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Moderated by Bob Scowcroft, trustee, The Nell Newman Foundation

Introduction by Angela Cordeiro, program director, AgroEcology Fund

Registration for this webinar is limited to funders only.
Funders are considered those organizations using grantmaking or investments as a core strategy to fulfill their mission and who make grants or invest more than $50,000 annually. 

Areas of Impact:

Animals  |   Fruits and Vegetables  |   Biodiversity  |   Climate Change  |   Genetic Modification  |   Pollinators  |   Equity  |   Food Sovereignty  |   Human/Public Health  |   Nutrition  |   Policy Advocacy

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