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Genetically modified (GM) plants: questions and answers Explore 18 questions about genetically modified (GM) plants. Britain's Royal Society conducted a poll to find out what people want to know about GM plants, and then drew on a panel of expert, independent scientists to answer your questions. "We hope that these answers explain the science behind GM and help you form your own view," says the word's oldest and most respected scientific society. You can also download all this as a PDF.

The new organic By Pamela Ronald The future of food may depend on an unlikely marriage: organic farmers and genetic engineering.

Harvest of Fear Martina McGloughlin, director of the Biotechnology and Life Sciences Informatics Program at the University of California, Davis, answers questions about traditional breeding and GM.

Genetic Technology Here, BEEP looks at both sides of every aspects of genetic engineering. Great site.

Organisations campaigning against GE:

Center for Food Safety - The Center for Food Safety (CFS) provides leadership in legal, scientific, and grassroots efforts to address the increasing concerns about the impacts of our food production system on human health, animal welfare, and the environment. A US site based in Washington DC.

Council for Responsible Genetics - US-based organisation of scientists and others who want to make sure that ordinary people know what's going on in genetics and can make their views known to those in control.

ETC group (Erosion, Technology and Concentration action group) is a respected international organization based in Canada. It is deeply worried about what the biotech corporations are doing and finds out what they are up to. The ETC group exists to try to help the conservation and sustainable use of the rich variety of living things on our planet - things that will be damaged by new GE technologies like Traitor and Terminator. The ETC group wants to encourage the responsible use of technologies for rural societies. It is concerned about the loss of the natural variety of different genetic traits in plants and animals used for food (agricultural biodiversity), and the effect of intellectual property on farmers and food security.

GeneWatch UK - looks at ethics and risks of genetic engineering. It questions how, why and whether people need GE and wants to help everyone to know and think about what's going on.

Greenpeace International - Genetic engineering campaigns, information and ways to get active.

Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology (PSRAST) - Written so that everybody can understand the alleged problems without knowing anything about genetics.

Genetic Engineering: What you need to know
- Organic Consumers Association (US) site with campaigns, news and information.

Union of Concerned Scientists: Genetic Engineering in Agriculture -
The risks of GE have been exaggerated—but so have its benefits.


Now for some of the GE companies' sites. Visit these to get a rather different view of biotechnology and GE:

Arcadia Biosciences - developing nitrogen use efficiency for crops, salt tolerance, and nutritional value of foods. (USA)

Bayer CropScience - working towards a Second Green Revolution. (Europe)

DuPont - biotechnology is one scientific tool which could help meet the world's growing demand for food, feed, fuel and materials in a sustainable manner. (USA)

Metahelix - germinating hope. (India)

Monsanto - the biggest of all the companies doing genetic engineering. (USA)

Syngenta - helping the world grow more from less. (Europe)

 

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