The amount of information about agricultural biotechnology and transgenic crops on the Web is huge, so a sweeping overview of the many sites that address these issues is not practical. However, I was directed to some Web sites that you might find useful for background information and issues-focused reporting.|
Peter Goldsbrough and Natalie Carroll at Purdue University had developed a Web site (http://www.purdue.edu/UNS/html3month/ 001201.Goldsbrough.biotech.html) focused on the basics. The Web site directs you step-by-step through the basic science and fundamental issues surrounding biotechnology.
Bruce Thomas and colleagues at the Seed Biotechnology Center, University of California at Davis, have put together a very useful resource on the Internet that provides information on agricultural biotechnology, with links to informative sites dealing with current biotech feed crops, methods of plant breeding and biotechnology, transgenic crop traits, U.S. Government regulation of transgenic crops, international governments' regulation of transgenic crops, consumer survey, feeding trials, and future biotech feed crops. Visit this page at http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/outreach/ lecture/DairyDayAbstract.htm. There is also a very comprehensive database of published literature on the safety testing of GM foods with some excellent web links at http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/outreach/ resource/gm_food_safety.htm.
Finally, a very long report titled "Transgenic Crops: An Environmental Assessment" can be accessed at http://www.winrock.org/Transgenic.pdf. Dave Ervin and Sandra Batie, Michigan State University, completed the study to collect and assess the scientific literature on environmental impacts of transgenic crops. In addition to environmental effects, biosafety regulations and business aspects are addressed.
Obviously these are only a few of the burgeoning number of resources focused on agricultural biotechnology, but they should keep you busy for a while. Happy reading.--Kevin Steffey