As part of an ongoing series of discussions co-hosted by Beyond GM/A Bigger conversation and Natural Products Global we have invited specialists from farming, campaigning, science, business and media for an in-depth discussion about the claim that gene editing is not just desirable but necessary if farming is to reach its goals higher sustainability and better welfare.

What does it promise? What are its limits? Crucially, how well does it fit within concepts such as agroecology, organic and natural? A fascinating live discussion for anyone involved in any part of the food chain from farm to table and for all those interested in a sustainable food future.

Audience members will be able to put questions to the panel in a special Q&A session (and can also submit questions beforehand here)

Book your free place now.


  • Philip Lymbery, Global CEO, Compassion in World Farming
  • Wendy Harwood, Senior Scientist, Genes in the Environment, John Innes Centre
  • Guy Singh-Watson, Farmer, Founder Riverford
  • Sheila Dillon, Host of BBC Radio 4, Food Programme
  • Jack Heinemann, Professor of genetics and molecular biology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand


  • Pat Thomas, Director, Beyond GM/A Bigger Conversation