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    International Stakeholder Dialogue

International stakeholder dialogue

As an innovative company, KWS is convinced of the potential of genome editing and would therefore like to take a socially accepted path to using these new plant breeding methods with the necessary degree of responsibility in research and breeding as well as in product development. The entire Board of KWS, including the Chair of the Board, Andreas J. Büchting, in addition to many other executives, took part in the event.

One of the most important results of the dialogue was the acknowledgement that "perception is
reality”: How consumers see and evaluate things is a much more important criterion for social acceptance than a technical or objective explanation. That is why it is so important to keep an eye on the different perspectives - scientific, regulatory, ethical and social - and to deal with them as a company.

Focus topic Genome Editing

Why is genome editing an opportunity for more sustainable agriculture?

What are the options for breeding crops that are more resistant to diseases and pests in a shorter space of time? Why can plants bred by certain genome editing methods be considered nature-identical? What else is needed when using genome editing?

Dr Hagen Duenbostel, spokesman of the Executive Board, and Dr Léon Broers, board member for research and breeding, answer these and other questions in the video. Their bottom line: To make progress towards sustainable agriculture, a careful balance should be struck between scientific innovation and regulatory requirements. "Otherwise, in plant breeding, we will slow down the progress that we believe is relevant to society worldwide," says Dr Léon Broers.

Read more on genome editing here

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