Great piece and some very interesting points. The idea receives a fair amount of press here in New Zealand and it’s this type of discussion that really needs to begin happening. Very interested in the sorts of questions you are asking here- just how to have ‘a community discussion’ with millions of people from wide and varied communities. Would be intrerested to hear peoples thoughts.
Finally got round to watching the whole of Kevin Esvlet’s lecture, including the questions. I was waiting for someone to ask (looking at you, Jamie) : OK, so the tech for mice will be available relatively soon, then norway rats and ship rats, BUT if they were released in that order, what would be the ecological effects on NZ birds ? Stoats, deprived of rats and mice to eat, would mostly feed on birds instead. (I’m guessing the answer to this depends on where you are).And, how suitable is this technology for use on stoats? They do a lot of incest, I’m told, so could an unaffected family of stoats repopulate NZ with inbred stoats?
This is another test
That’s a great idea!