We are developing strategies for disseminating emerging technologies and optimizing supply chains to maximize the societal benefits of agricultural genome editing.
Application of genome editing technology in agriculture presents multiple opportunities for economic and environmental improvement and has the potential to contribute to global development and sustainability goals. However, genome editing is also likely to encounter obstacles because of political objections and regulatory hurdles, as well as individual constraints on grower adoption. By assessing the impact of the genome editing technology in agriculture under different conditions for heterogeneous actors, we are identifying diffusion strategies and agricultural supply chain designs that will allow applications of genome editing technology to move from the lab to the field most effectively. Finally, by assessing the impact of genome editing technology in agriculture on several dimensions of environmental quality, food security, and economic welfare (surplus to consumers, to farmers of different types, and to industry in different countries), our work is informing on-going policy debates and providing guidance for the assessment and diffusion of emerging technology in agriculture.
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