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July 22nd, 2019 / AgWeb

The statement just came to me: “Let Africans decide what is best for Africa!” 

A European “expert” had offered a different opinion. In his view, African farmers don’t need cutting-edge technology because we don’t understand the risks. He wants non-Africans to decide what is best for Africa. 

The scene was CRISPRcon 2019, a forum hosted last month in the Netherlands by Wageningen University and Research and the Keystone Policy Center. I was on a panel to discuss agriculture, science, society and the future of gene editing—and I couldn’t keep quiet in the moment or later on social media. 

Why was a European lecturing me on what African farmers need and don’t need? Read more …