Source: Jennifer Shike, Farm Jounral’s Pork, 16 July 2021, photo credit: The Scientist Magazine
In order for gene editing in agricultural animals to “unleash enormous gains in productivity,” a remodeling of the federal landscape is imperative, experts conclude.
The panel, convened by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), has spent the past 18 months studying this issue and recently released the “AAVMC/APLU Gene Editing in Agriculture Task Force Report.”
“Gene editing has the capacity to create transformational change in our food production systems,” Noelle Cockett, president of Utah State University, a renowned geneticist, and chair of the task force said in a release. “But in order to realize those benefits in production and safety, we need a regulatory structure that has kept pace with technology.”
The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.