Optimize the Discovery of Functional Traits & Engineer Next Generation Ag-Products that Improve Yield, Productivity & Tolerance
Securing sustainable food security for the global population has never been so critical. Join fellow agbiotech and R&D experts as they harness CRISPR, alongside other NBT’s to secure a more sustainable agricultural future and deliver improved seeds, crops and livestock that boosts tolerance, productivity and yield
Developed with industry experts from the likes of Acceligen, Cibus, Syngenta, USDA and leading professors from top agricultural institutes; this year’s 3rd Precision CRISPR & NBT AgBio Congress aims to explicate how we are working to produce more from less through functional trait genomics and novel breeding innovation.
A lot of the questions surrounding the technology are not really scientific but about what this technology is feeding into: power politics, the changing structure of agriculture and smallholder farmers, and long-term effects.
PIP, a $15 million public-private partnership of leading agtech startups, agribusinesses, and biotech companies will research the potential for indoor farms to grow crops with improved nutrition, taste and other characteristics hard to achieve outdoors.
When consumers can understand just bit more about what biotech is, how it works, and how it relates to them personally, they’re supportive of GMO, according to Jennifer Armen, vice president at Okanagan Specialty Fruits.
The food system is a tale of two halves today. On one side, consumers want to go back in time to eat locally-sourced, clean, simple, organic and heirloom varieties of certain fruits and vegetables. And on the other, technological developments are making genetic engineering more effective than ever. We ask experts which approach will define the future of food.
“GMOs are an old, bludgeon tool that feels dated,” said Sam Kass, food entrepreneur, former White House chef and senior policy advisor for nutrition, founder of Trove, and venture partner in Acre Venture Partners.
"Trying to be the "new Monsanto" or the "Amazon of Ag" does not work; copying what others have already done is not generally a recipe for disruption," argues Federico Trucco, CEO of Argentine agtech business Bioceres.
Management teams in plant genetics companies have likely been asked by at least one well-intending board member: “Are we using CRISPR? I sat next to this guy on the plane and he said that CRISPR will change everything," writes Vonnie Estes.