Dr. Powell's useful web page links:


Biotechnology

Why biotechnology?

CropBiotech.net - latest news on GE crops

United States' regulations for gentically modified plants (http://www.usda,gov/agencies/biotech/laws.html)

American chestnut research and restoration project

Biotechnology in Forestry

31 Critical Questions in Agricultural Biotechnology


News Items:

American Soybean Association (ASA) study confirms enviromental benifits of biotech soybeans. "Reduced tillage pratices in soybeans saved 247 million tons of irreplaceable topsoil in 2000, and reduced the number of times a farmer had to run equipment over the field, saving 234 million gallons of fuel."

Transgenic Virus Resistant Papaya - a genetic engineering success story

The Monarch butterfly controversy article published in Plant Physiology. "The effects of Bt maize cultivation on monarch butterfly maize populations are negligible, and current evidence suggests that Bt maize is an environmentally safer insect control strategy than conventional chemical spraying."

Plant health scientists issue statement in support of biotechnology

EPA's responce to Green Peace's petition concerning Bt corn (PDF file) (http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/news/news-greenpeace.htm)

American Mediacal Association (Physicians dedicated to health of America). Report on genetically modified crops and foods.

American Crop Protection Association's responces to various biotechnology issues.

Organic food standards and labels (http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/consumerbrochure.htm)