Technology, Transparency, and Consumer Acceptance of Genetically Engineered Yeast

Craft Brewers Conference 2022
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speakers: Patrick Gibney, Jennifer Kuzma, John Mallett, Ali Schultz

Some brewers have begun to incorporate genetically modified and genetically engineered (GE) ingredients into their beer production processes. Still, many lack a complete understanding of what exactly genetic engineering is, how GE ingredients are created, and what steps are taken to ensure their safety. Many brewers also have questions around how the use of GE ingredients are perceived by consumers.

In this interactive panel discussion, we bring together a diverse group of perspectives to discuss topics related to the use of GE ingredients and processing aids by the brewing industry. The primary goals are to convey a basic understanding of how GE yeast and other ingredients are developed and tested, and explore how consumer engagement may impact perceptions of GE technology. This discussion will lay the groundwork for a continued and well-informed dialogue around these important issues, and facilitate an optimal outcome for the brewing industry as GE technology is available on a wider basis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the basic techniques used to create GE food ingredients, such as brewing yeast
  • Understand how transparent communications about GE technology can allow customers to make informed decisions
  • Consider various approaches for engaging with consumers about the use of GE food ingredients in beer

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