For more information on agricultural biotechnology, there are a number of articles written by Land Grant University scientists who are experts on issues ranging from how genetic engineering is done to the risks and benefits of specific products. These articles can be seen at http://agribiotech.info/details.
For more a more comprehensive overview and history of biotechnology, readers are referred to the Cornell publication, Agricultural Biotechnology: Informing the Dialogue.
The following documents were produced by Land Grant Universities:
Other useful links to science-based information on biotechnology include:
- The most comprehensive government site is the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Biotechnology website at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/biotech/
- The USDA is responsible for regulating genetically engineered organisms. Its site provides information on food, nutrition and consumer services. http://www.USDA.gov
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) serves as the lead federal agency for plants that have been engineered for protection against pests. http://www.epa.gov
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for the safety of food and food additives. http://www.fda.gov/ The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition provides useful information on biotechnology and foods. http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/list.html
- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, improve agricultural productivity, and better the condition of rural populations. http://www.fao.org
- The USDA Food Safety Information Office works with the National Agricultural Library to provide to the research community and the general public information on food safety. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fsrio/new.htm
- National Academy of Sciences http://www.nas.edu
- Institute of Food Technologists http://www.ift.org
- American Medical Association http://www.ama-assn.org
Other Useful Sites
- University of California provides a comprehensive site on biotechnology and a list of frequently asked question. http://ucbiotech.org/
- The University of Nebraska provides a comprehensive source of scientific, regulatory and educational materials relevant to crop biotechnology, including food safety. http://www.agbiosafety.unl.edu/
- Nova / Frontline Special Report on PBS on Agricultural Biotechnology.
- International Food Information Council http://www.ific.org
- Healthopedia.com A medical and health consumer information resource http://www.healthopedia.com/
- National Agricultural Biotechnology Council http://www.cals.cornell.edu/extension/nabc/
- ISAAA is a not-for-profit international organization whose aim is to facilitate the transfer of agricultural biotechnology to developing countries. http://www.isaaa.org/