On wednesday, 21st of september, Heidner arranged the open meeting “Fakta på bordet!” in Hamar Kulturhus. Here we discussed the use of gene editing, or CRISPR in modern food production. The biotechnology advisory board gave the audience an introduction to gene editing – “CRISPR for dummies”, and the panel discussed the pros and cons of this technology. They discussed the possible consequences that CRISPR might have for Norwegian agriculture and the breeding companies, how we might use it in a safe way, and what the consumers might feel about buying gene edited food.
The topic was engaging and started a good debate between the audience and the discussion panel. In the end, at least three thing were agreed on: 1: We need to do more research on gene editing, 2: It is more important to evaluate the end product than the method and 3: The legislation, “genteknologiloven” lags behind.
“Fakta på bordet!” was arranged together with Hedmark Kunnskapspark and Hamarregionen Utvikling.
Photo, from the left: Yngve Ekern, Birger Svihus, Sigrid B. Thoresen, Eli Grindflek, Annechen Bugge and Odd-Gunnar Wikmark