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.

Biotechnology (GM foods) and Nanotechnology

World Health Organization.

Collection of programs, projects and general information on biotechnology and nanotechnology. Includes common questions, FAO/WHO Expert Consultations on GM foods, publications, and related links.


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.

Agricultural Biotechnology

Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology.

Briefly reviews reports, fact sheets, policies, polls and conferences related to issues on agricultural 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.

United States Regulatory Agencies Unified Biotechnology Website

United States Department of Agriculture; Environmental Protection Agency; DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Website that was jointly established by the USDA, EPA, and FDA to provide information on biotechnology. Includes frequently asked questions, roles of US agencies, governmental contacts, links to additional external resources, and more.


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.

Consensus Document on Molecular Characterization of Plants Derived from Modern Biotechnology

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Addresses the issues linked to molecular characterisation in a risk/safety assessment. Describes transformation methods, inserted DNA, insertion site and expressed material, inheritance, and genetic stability. Information is available in English and French.

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.