How should the organic community respond to modern breeding techniques?
With a growing understanding of genetics, new technologies are changing our ability to develop new plant varieties. These techniques challenge the organic community to determine which methods are in line with organic principles and which should be excluded. Claims that newer techniques, such as gene editing, should be allowed in organic agriculture have been met with skepticism. This panel discussion will explain techniques being discussed here in the US and internationally in the context of organic regulations. Panelists will represent diverse viewpoints on modern technologies in order to present pro and con arguments. Conference participants are encouraged weigh in with their own questions and perspectives.