Genetic Engineering

Genetically Engineered Foods – Friend or Foe?

Here are some links to help guide your research:


Overview of the Process of Plant Genetic Engineering

What is Genetic Engineering?    -an explanation written for middle school students

PBS – Harvest of Fear / Exploring the Growing Fight over Genetically Modified Foods

True Food Now

Related Resources

Below are some sites that provide useful information related to this lesson’s topic. The NOW site has additional Web site recommendations that may be of interest.

Watch the Future of Food on Hulu

Access Excellence
This site from the National Health Museum contains lots of references and background information to explain biotechnology processes. In addition, there are many lesson plans that teachers can use to extend this topic.

Risks of Genetic Engineering
This site, organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists, examines potential harms to health, potential environmental harms, and general risks related to genetic engineering.

Genetic Engineering: Fast Forwarding to Future Foods
This is a reprint of an Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publication that explains the regulation guidelines and addresses the advantages and challenges of genetic engineering.

Laboratory Resources
This site from Texas A&M University includes many lab activities to enhance your ideas on genetic engineering and biotechnology.

Ag BioTech InfoNet
This site is full of periodicals on biotech, nicely categorized by topic for easy navigation (environmental impacts, health risks, industry news, links to related sites, message boards, new developments, etc.), and updated daily.

Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology
This site was established to be an independent and objective source of credible information on agricultural biotechnology for the public, media and policymakers. It supports informed public dialogue on ways that the regulatory system may need to evolve to address the issues posed by the anticipated development of this new technology and the growing body of scientific knowledge.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
This site from the FDA posts proposed, pending and final rules and policies regarding food biotechnology.

SPCA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – A look at the welfare of animals in biotechnology research.


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