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Genetically Modified Trees. The Ultimate Threat to Forests, Chris Lang, World Rainforest Movement and Friends of the Earth International, December 2004, Also available in Spanish

 

Raising Risk : Field Testing of Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States

Raising Risk examines USDA data on field tests of genetically engineered crops in order to document the geographic breadth of these open air experiments and to demonstrate the implications of USDA’s inadequate oversight.

 

Biological Confinement of Genetically Engineered Organisms
An excellent report by the National Research Council’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Board on Agriculture, and Board on Life Sciences.

 

Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology          
Established to be an independent and objective source of credible information on agricultural biotechnology for the public, media and policymakers. In-depth analysis and reports, and relevant proceedings from the Biotech Branches Out  meeting on GE trees.

 

Gone to Seed: Transgenic Contaminants in the Traditional Seed Supply

Union of Concerned Scientists, Seeds of traditional crops are contaminated with DNA from genetically engineered (GE) crops according to Gone to Seed, a new UCS report. Laboratory testing of traditional (non-GE) seeds of corn, soybeans, and canola commissioned by UCS documents the presence of DNA commonly used in commercial GE crops.  

 

 

Monsanto vs. U.S. Farmers

Recently released report documents Monsanto's lawsuits against American farmers, revealing thousands of investigations, nearly 100 lawsuits and numerous bankruptcies.

 

INFORMATION

World Rainforest Movement

Excellent reports and information.

 

Center for Food Safety       

Information on legal issues, policy, and regulation

 

Union of Concerned Scientists    

Report on Gene Drift, and other information.

 

Center for Science in the Public Interest           
The CSPI Biotechnology Project addresses scientific concerns, policies, and corporate practices concerning plants, animals, and other organisms released into the environment or that may end up in our foods.

 

Genetically engineered organisms and the environment: Current status and recommendations

Ecological Society of America, 2004

 

GM Watch

Genetic engineering news archive.

 

National Family Farm Coalition      

Farmers' groups oppose GM crops and the patenting of GM seeds by biotech companies and calls for more research into the social, environmental and health risks, and mandatory labeling of GM food products.

 

Information Systems for Biotechnology   

Here you will find documents and searchable databases pertaining to the development, testing and regulatory review of genetically modified plants, animals and microorganisms within the US and abroad..  

 

AgBioTech InfoNet  

An intriguing, good reference site for citizens and consumers wanting to stay on top of both sides of the GM foods controversy. It collects timely news on the debate, latest reports and articles on agricultural biotech issues--from technical analyses to environmental impacts, health risks, crop segregation and regulation.

 

The Biotechnology Industry Organization

An association of biotech companies and reseachers.

 

Tree Genetic Engineering Research Cooperative        

Research headquartered at Oregon State University

 

Institute of Forest Biotechnology 

Nonprofit organization supporting efforts to utilize genetic engineering of trees.

 

Network of Concerned Farmers    

Farmers opposing genetic engineering.

 

National Catholic Rural Life Conference             

The National Catholic Rural Life Conference calls for a moratorium on the commercialuse of genetically engineered crops until improved assessment, food labeling and greater precautions are in place.

 

Faith-Based Conceptual Framework on Genetic Engineering in Agriculture

Links to Position Statements from various religious organizations

 

Churches’ Agency on Social Issues Useful links.

 

Sierra Club   

Sierra Club opposes the out-of-doors deployment of genetic technologies because the genes are free - as free as pollen on the wind - to invade nature, and because once this has happened they can't be recalled.

 

USDA- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Biotechnology Regulatory Services

Information about regulation, permitting, and proposed policies.

Database of permits and notifications for field trials- http://www.nbiap.vt.edu/cfdocs/fieldtests1.cfm  

APHIS list of deregulated plants- http://www.aphis.usda.gov/bbep/bp/petday.html

For the current status at APHIS of petitions regarding the deregulation of GE plants, see http://www.aphis.usda.gov/bbep/bp/petday.html

List of GE plant-incorporated protectants (pesticides) currently registered with the EPA http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/pips/pip_list.htm

For a list of biotechnology consultations completed by the Food and Drug Administration, see http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~lrd/biocon.html#list