Recorded Webinar: Critical Thinking About Gene Editing and Human Nutrition

Recorded Webinar, Critical Thinking: Nutrition and Human Gene-Editing

This webinar was originally recorded on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 from 2-3 PM EST.

Gene editing, like other agricultural technologies, creates an enormous communication challenge. Registered dietitians will be deeply involved in the discussion, often through direct communication with consumers or consumer groups. To appropriately engage consumers, RDs will need a thorough understanding of how human critical thinking succeeds, and how it fails. Decades of research in behavioral science suggest that some predictable patterns of discussion about gene editing will emerge.

Listen in to Jason Riis and Brandon McFadden as they lead an interactive webinar that builds on a 2019 survey of the Today’s Dietitian readership pertaining to critical thinking. They discuss the results of that survey, as well as describe discussion patterns and reference specific examples from current commentators. They also address specific concepts and communication tactics to help RDs identify and engage in various types of consumer discussion.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Identify gene editing questions and understand controversies that nutrition communicators may need to address.
  2. Discuss the key aspects of critical thinking failure that are likely to emerge in discussions of gene editing and human nutrition.
  3. Implement specific communication tactics in order to improve the public’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities of gene editing in agriculture.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 
1070, 2040, 2050, 9050
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
6.3.8, 6.3.9, 7.1.2, 8.1.2
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Course summary
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Jason Riis is the CEO and Chief Behavioral Scientist of Behavioralize, a consulting firm dedicated to solving business, health, and social problems through application of behavioral science.

Dr. Riis is also a Senior Fellow at Wharton's Behavior Change for Good Initiative.

Before founding Behavioralize, Jason had a 20 year academic career, including many years as a faculty member at Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) and at Harvard Business School. His Ph.D. is in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Michigan, and he was a post-doctoral fellow for Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman at Princeton University.

Brandon McFadden is an assistant professor of Applied Economics and Statistics at the University of Delaware. He is also an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Experimental and Applied Economics. His research interests include food choice, perceptions of food, and asymmetric information. He teaches courses related to Food Retailing and Consumer Behavior and Establishing and Managing a Food Agribusiness Enterprise.

For more information on his recent publications and presentations, visit his webpage here. Brandon received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Statistics at Oklahoma State University with advisor Dr. Jason Lusk.

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Jason Riis, PhD, reports the following relevant disclosures: Consultant - Ajinomoto, Bayer Crop Science, Conagra Brands, Produce for Better Health, FMC, Texas Beef Council, and Weight Watchers. Brandon R. McFadden, PhD, reports the following relevant disclosures: Consultant - Bayer Crop Science, Institute for Justice, and Texas Beef Council. View our disclosure policy.

This activity is accredited through Bayer.

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  • 1.00 CDR


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