​Agro-ecology and plant breeding
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Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Doors Open 18:30 | Event 19:00 - 22:30
Café Rad van Wageningen
1e Kloostersteeg 3, 6701 DL Wageningen

CRISPR: facts and feelings

The CRISPR/Cas9 system has made precise genome editing much more easily attainable and has already been shown to be able to significantly speed up plant breeding. With this technology, it is possible to develop crops that are potentially more resistant to disease, drought or salty soils faster than using more traditional breeding methods. Can we use CRISPR to help feed a changing world? And if so, how can we do this in a responsible way?


In our presentation, we will give an introduction about CRISPR. What is this new technique? How does it compare to more traditional methods of breeding? After this more factual introduction, we would like to explore the feelings of the public on this subject and have an interactive discussion about its benefits and dangers. How do you feel about the use of CRISPR in agriculture?

Ellen Slaman​

GeneSprout Initiative


Why I don’t want to feed the world

As a peasant, I am working together with the WUR to conduct research on the question how to enhance the income of peasant farmers, stimulating the local economies, e.g. via Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

Together with Esther Kuiler, I have set up a course on Agroecology in Practice, aimed at people who want to start an organic garden and make a living out of it (e.g. via CSA).


See http://www.ommuurdetuin.nl/cursus/ for the Dutch course or http://www.ommuurdetuin.nl/course for the english course.

Elske Hageraats

Peasant farmer