Stakeholder Views on Engagement, Trust, Performance, and Risk Considerations About Use of Gene Drive Technology in Agricultural Pest Management

Carol L. Goldsmith, Ki Eun Kang, Elizabeth Heitman, Zach N. Adelman, Leah W. Buchman, David Kerns, Xinsheng Liu, Raul F. Medina, Arnold Vedlitz

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Abstract

Gene drive is an experimental technique that may make it possible to alter the genetic traits of whole populations of a species through the genetic modification of a relatively small number of individuals. This technology is sufficiently new that literature on the understanding and views of stakeholders and the public regarding the use of gene drive organisms in agricultural pest management is just beginning to emerge. Our team conducted a 2-pronged engagement process with Texas gene drive agricultural stakeholders to ascertain their values, beliefs, and preferences about the efficacy, safety, and risk management considerations of gene drive technology as a potential tool for agricultural pest management. We found that a majority of stakeholders support gene drive research and its potential use for managing agricultural pests. Our work with stakeholders confirms both their willingness to be engaged and the importance they place on stakeholder and public engagement regarding these issues, as well as the need to address these issues before use of gene drive as a pest management mechanism will be accepted and trusted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-15
Number of pages10
JournalHealth security
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022

Keywords

  • Community engagement
  • Gene drive
  • Product performance
  • Risk concerns
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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