Genome editing and farmed animals
Catch up with all of our work on the use of genome editing in farmed animal breeding.
To help inform our inquiry into genome editing and farmed animals, we commissioned an online public dialogue. The dialogue was run by Basis Social, working in collaboration with Bright Harbour.
The aim of the dialogue was to provide an opportunity for people to explore the values and considerations that informed their response to genome editing technologies and the implications for farmed animals, the food system and society more generally.
A group of 42 participants from across the UK took place in three online workshops over the course of June and July 2021.
Read the report: Online public dialogue on genome editing in farmed animals.
The findings of the dialogue will inform the conclusions and recommendations of our wider inquiry, and be a key part of the policy work we undertake in relation to these. We expect the findings to stimulate further public debate and to inform research strategy and regulatory policy in a post-Brexit UK, by feeding into Defra’s broader review of the regulation of genetic technologies. The findings will also help to define the focus of subsequent dialogue and engagement to explore opinions among a larger group of people, and help to shape responsible research and innovation for the future.