Agricultural Biotechnology

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Provides access to online resources about the science of Agricultural Biotechnology such as genetically modified crops. Resource areas include related journals, educational items, and reports.

Frequently Asked Questions on Genetically Modified Foods

World Health Organization.

Questions and answers prepared by WHO responding to concerns from WHO Member State Governments regarding the nature and safety of genetically modified food.

Restrictions on Genetically Modified Organisms: United States

Library of Congress.

Provides a wide overview of regulations surrounding GMOs. Covers the roles of each governmental agency and discusses public and scholarly opinion on the subject.


United States Department of Agriculture.

Describes the roles of each USDA agency as it pertains to biotechnology and includes other resources such as frequently asked questions on biotechnology, a biotechnology glossary, and the Secretary’s remarks to the advisory committee on biotechnology.

Biotechnology Fact Sheets/Frequently Asked Questions

CFIA. Office of Biotechnology.

General information and fact sheets on biotechnology. Reviews information on biotechnology and the environment and on biotechnology regulation and food safety.


DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Provides FDA’s biotechnology policy, consultation procedures, guidance for submissions, and links to resources on other agency websites.

Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) Consensus Reports

United States Department of Agriculture.

Reports on issues related to the evolution of agricultural biotechnology. Discusses issues on opportunities and challenges, global traceability and labeling requirements, impacts and implications for the United States and future preparations.


Focuses on issues related to agriculture, food, animals and agricultural biotechnology. Provides science-based educational tools and research information to promote discussion about agricultural biotechnology and its impact on society and its resources.

Agency Perspectives on Food Safety for the Products of Animal Biotechnology (PDF | 296 KB)

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Discusses FDA's role in the oversight of animal biotechnology, including the statutory and regulatory authority and their approach for food/feed safety assessments.

Compositional Analysis of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops: Key Issues and Future Needs (PDF | 246 KB)

USDA. Agricultural Research Service; DHHS. Food and Drug Administration; International Rice Research Institute (Philippines); University of Canberra (Australia).

Summary of roundtable discussions on the topic of genetically modified crops during the Crop Composition Workshop sponsored by ILSI's Committee on Food and Biotechnology (ILSI IFBIC). Participants included stakeholders from industry, government, and universities.

Books and Materials on Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Food in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA)

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Searchable database for resources available to persons interested in information related to the topic of genetically modified food and agricultural biotechnology.

Petitions for Determination of Nonregulated Status

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Shows all pending biotechnology petitions that have been deemed complete and previously made available for public comment.

Biotechnology Consultations on Food from GE Plant Varieties

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Lists all completed biotechnology consultations on genetically engineered foods evaluated under FDA’s 1992 Statement of Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties.

Current & Previously Registered Section 3 PIP Registrations

Environmental Protection Agency.

Lists current and previously registered plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs). Each undergo a risk assessment based on strict scientific standards and extensive input from academia, industry, other federal agencies and the public.