Plant Biotechnology Resources

The following websites and resources are for high school teachers and anyone interested in learning more about plant biotechnology.

Websites

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-science Applications (ISAAA) has a series of brochures covering many aspects of plant biotechnology that are meant for a lay audience.

 

National Geographic-sponsored blog by Pam Ronald, Professor at UC Davis. She co-authored Tomorrow's Table, Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food with her husband, who is an organic farmer.

 

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)'s world food price index (FAO is a branch of the UN). Food prices were relatively stable until ~2007. Recent increases in the price of food have led to political unrest and suggest that improving agriculture should be more of a priority.

 

The Council of Biotechnology Organizations has a slick website that presents the corporate point of view at Why Biotech?

 

National Public Radio's Science Friday interviews three people - one from industry, one from a university and one from an anti-biotech organization in Can biotechnology feed the world?

Articles

This article (Best-Kept Secret) is full of misinformation but has the appearance of being well researched. An article published in a well-respected scientific journal (Nature Biotechnology) exposes some of its fallacies. Niki Robertson has written a point by point rebuttal of the article.

This article is by Ingo Potrykus, one of the creators of Golden Rice. He asserts that anti-GMO activism is in part responsible for onerous regulations that have prevented the approval of Golden Rice and therefore increased the number of people who are blind as a result of vitamin A deficiency.

Transgenic plants: Risks, Concerns and Effects on Ecosystem and Human Health directly addresses some of the concerns raised by anti-GMO activists.

This interview with Rebecca Goldburg raises what I think are valid concerns about plant biotechnology.

 

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