Genetically Modified Food Resources:
AG Biotech Infonet
The AG Biotech Infonet Web site "covers all aspects of the application of biotechnology and genetic engineering in agricultural production and food processing and marketing." Concentrating on scientific publications and periodicals, this Web site contains a wealth of information for those interested in the finer details of the GM food debate.
"The Online service for agricultural biotechnology," AgBioTechnet is loaded with features. The Web site publishes current information about biotechnology and biosafety, research developments in genetic engineering and updates on economic and social issues. Other Web features include a news section, company news, intellectual property rights, technology transfer, and issues in biosafety.
Born in January 2000, the AgbioWorld Foundation has collected 3,200 signatures from scientists testifying to the safety of genetically modified foods. The Web site provides the signatures along with a plethora of scientific articles, essays, and studies documenting the safety of genetically modified foods. Other features of the AgbioWorld Web site include "31 Critical Questions in Agricultural Biotechnology" and "Response to GM Food Myths."
BIO: Biotechnology Industry Organization
From the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a trade organization, the Bio Web site provides information concerning the most controversial arguments within the biotechnology debate. Whether it is the implications of biotechnology on food and agriculture, biotech regulatory policy or intellectual property rights, Bio provides analysis and background advocating the economic, agricultural, and social benefits of biotechnology for the world's population.
Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Biotechnology
Food and Drug Administration's site on proposed, pending and final rules and policies regarding food biotechnology.
The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Food
The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Food is a grassroots consumer campaign lobbying Washington to pass legislation requiring all GM food to be labeled within the U.S. The Campaign Web site provides a comprehensive listing of all legislative news concerning the banning of GM food locally, nationally, and internationally. Other features include "Genetically Modified Food in the Headlines," information detailing which foods are GM, and a list of recommendations that give concerned citizens a voice in the GM debate.
EPA Office Pesticide Programs:
The Environmental Protection Agency's Web page devoted to biopesticide issues provides a variety of resources. Along with scientific studies, the biopesticide Web site contains fact sheets, EPA decision documents, product lists, labels, company lists, study reviews and bibliographies.
GreenPeace True Food Network
Greenpeace's "True Food Network" site includes biotech food news, updates, and activist information. In addition, this site offers an easy to understand listing of foods with and without GM ingredients, plus, links to food manufacturers' sites.
Guardian Special Report: The GM Debate
The GUARDIAN's compendium of opinions, essays, and articles is a broad primer for those unfamiliar with the GM debate.
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center conducts "research on maize and wheat to help people overcome hunger and poverty and to grow crops without harming the environment." The CIMMYT Web site provides information regarding CIMMYT programs worldwide, GM food news, and current CIMMYT research programs. Other features include information on up-coming events and CIMMYT publications.
Key Topics: Biotechnology
The Web site for the Economic Research service for the US Department of Agriculture provides lots of statistical / survey data and research papers on a variety of issues concerning biotechnology. The featured document, "Adoption of Bioengineered Crops," analyzes U.S. farmer surveys to conclude how many, and under what conditions, farmers decide to plant bioengineered crops. Special attention is paid to bioengineered crops effect on input use and farm-level net returns. Other features include "Agricultural Outlook" documents that are frequently updated.
Organic Consumers Association
A non-profit public interest organization, The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) Web site demonstrates how the forces of globalization influence issues such as food safety, genetic engineering, corporate accountability and environmental sustainability. Features of the OCA Web site include news headlines, information on OCA campaigns, and in-depth discussions of OCA issues areas. The OCA issue areas are diverse and range from food irradiation to fair trade.
Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology
The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology Web site contains an array of credible and objective information on biotechnology for "the public, media, and policymakers." Among the information provided are factsheets, a glossary of agricultural biotech terms, issue briefs, editorials and op-eds.
Transgenic Crops: An Introduction and Resource Guide
The Web site from the Center for Life Sciences and Department of Soil and Crop Sciences explains what transgenic plants are, and how they're created. Other Web site features include a macromedia video demonstrating the process of creating transgenic plants.
Union of Concerned Scientists
The union of concerned scientists, "was founded in 1969 by faculty members and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who were concerned about the misuse of science and technology in society." The Biotechnology page contains updates, frequently asked questions, briefings, and case studies in an effort to responsibly educate citizens on the pros and cons of biotechnology.
U.S. Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology Responsive Agencies - Overview
US Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology - Responsible Agencies Overview
The US Department of Agriculture Web site presents clearly what government agency regulates what, with regards to biotechnology as well as providing laws, regulations and contacts. The USDA Web site also contains field trial approvals, product approvals, biotech contacts, and links to FDA and EPA sites.