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Webinar: Gene Editing & Agroecology – Reframing the Debate on Food System Transition

A Bigger Conversation
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3:30 PM – 5:00 PM BST

Looked at through the lens of the current industrial farming paradigm, gene editing makes sense as a ‘tool in the toolbox’.  But farming urgently needs to change and it is widely agreed that agroecology is the paradigm we need to adopt. So what does gene editing – and other high tech options – look like when assessed within an agroecological framework?

This webinar, organised by A Bigger Conversation, examines how genome editing looks when viewed through the lens of 10 principles of agroecology. An expert panel will explore the pace of development in genome editing – and related technologies, the force of the “tool in the toolbox ‘ narrative, whether it is a help or a hindrance to an agroecological transition, and how it affects farmers, policy and the perception of where farming goes next.


  • Maywa Montenegro, Assistant professor in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • Jim Thomas, Co-Executive Director and Researcher with the ETC Group.
  • Chantal Clement, Deputy Director of IPES-Food.
  • Francesco Ajena, Independent consultant on sustainable and resilient food systems.
  • Chris Smaje, British farmer and author of Small Farm Future.
  • Nettie Wiebe, Organic farmer and professor of ethics at St. Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan.

Chair: Pat Thomas, Director, Beyond GM/A Bigger Conversation

The conversational format will include an audience Q&A session.

Register here. The webinar takes place on 14 June 2021 at 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM BST.