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UK PARLIAMENTARY & GOVERNMENT REPORTS

Commons' reports

House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology - First Report: GM Food
Houses of Parliament, 18 May 1999

House of Commons Agriculture Committee
Third Report: Segregation of GM crops Volume 1
Third Report: Segregation of GM crops Volume 2
Houses of Parliament, 7 March 2000

Government response to the third report
Houses of Parliament, 9 May 2000

House of Commons Agriculture Committee
Eighth Report: Genetically Modified Organisms and Seed Segregation
Houses of Parliament, 3 August 2000

Lords' reports

House of Lords Select Committee
Report on GM Food
Houses of Parliament, 15 December 1998

Advisory committee and other reports

Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes
Annual Reports (from 1989 onwards)
are available from the
Food Standards Agency Web site

Chief Medical Officer / Chief Scientific Advisor
Health aspects of GM Food
Department of Health, May 1999

Report of the committee on the ethics of genetic modification and food use by John Polkinghorne (1994) HMSO, London. ISBN: 0 11 242954 8 [Booklet].

UK GM Debate 2003 Reports

Field work: Weighing up the costs and benefits of GM crops (July 2003) Cabinet Office Strategy Unit, London. Note: This report and associated papers are available on-line from the Cabinet Office Web site.

GM Science Review. First report. (July 2003) Note: This report and associated documents are available on-line from GM Science Debate Web site.

University of East Anglia
Programme on understanding risk

Includes analysis of 'GM Nation'
http://www.risks.org.uk

 

ACADEMIC REPORTS

Genetically modified plants for food use (1998) The Royal Society, London. Note: This report can be downloaded free-of-charge from the Royal Society's Web site.

Genetically modified plants for food use and human health -- An update (2002) The Royal Society, London. Note: This report can be downloaded free-of-charge from the Royal Society's Web site.

Transgenic plants and world agriculture (2000) The Royal Society, London. Note: This report can be downloaded free-of-charge from the Royal Society's Web site.

Technology to feed the world (2000) US National Academy of Sciences. Note: This report can be downloaded free-of-charge from the US NAS Web site.

Biotechnology-derived nutritious foods for developing countries: Needs, opportunities, and barriers by Howarth E. Bouis, David Lineback and Barbara Schneeman [Eds] (2002) United Nations University Press. ISSN: 0379 5721. Note: This report can be downloaded free-of-charge from ILSI (look under 'Publications').

New genetics, food and agriculture: Scientific discoveries ­ Societal dilemmas (2003) International Council for Science, Paris. Note: This report can be downloaded free-of-charge from the ICSU (look under 'Info Centre').

Genetically modified crops: the ethical and social issues (1999) Nuffield Council on Bioethics, London. Note: This report can be downloaded from the Nuffield Council's Web site.

Genetically modified crops: the ethical and social issues (2003) [Draft follow-up report to the 1999 document] Nuffield Council on Bioethics, London. Note: This draft report can be downloaded from the Nuffield Council's Web site.

The politics of GM food: Risk, science and public trust
ESRC Global Environmental Change Programme
18 October 1999

Safety considerations of DNA in foods (2002) International Life Sciences Institute, Brussels. Note: This report can be downloaded free-of-charge from ILSI (look under 'Publications').

Biotechnology. The science and issues
US Embassy in the Netherlands, 20-21 January 2000

Consumer attitudes to genetically modified foods. Results of qualitative research (1997) Institute of Grocery Distribution, Watford. ISBN: 1 898044 39 2.

Uncertain World: Genetically modified organisms, food and public attitudes in Britain (1997) Grove-White, R., Macnaghten, P., Mayer, S. and Wynne, B. Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YN, UK. Tel: + 44 1524 592 658 Fax: + 44 1524 846 339 [Price on request]

 

UK RESEARCH COUNCIL PUBLICATIONS

GMOs and the Environment. Scientific certainties and uncertainties (1999) [Leaflet] Natural Environment Research Council, Swindon.

Advances in Plant Biotechnology by Monica Winstanley and D. Bowles (1996) [Booklet] Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Swindon.

The New Biotechnologies: Opportunities and Challenges (1996) [Booklet] Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Swindon.

Ethics, morality and crop biotechnology by Roger Straughan and Michael Reiss (1996) ISBN: 070 840 570 3 [Booklet].
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Swindon.

Ethics, morality and animal biotechnology by Roger Straughan (1999) ISBN: 070 840 615 7 [Booklet] Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Swindon.

 

MAJOR NGO PUBLICATIONS

How can biotechnology benefit the environment?
Report of the European Federation of Biotechnology / Green Alliance Workshop
(1997) Publication BIO4. The Green Alliance, London.

Uncertainty, precaution and decision making: The release of genetically modified organisms into the environment (1996) Mayer, S., Hill, J., Grove-White, R. and Wynne, B. Publication BIO3. The Green Alliance, London.

Herbicide-tolerant crops: Environmentalists' concerns and regulatory responses by Julie Hill. Publication BIO2. The Green Alliance, London.

Why are environmental groups concerned about release of genetically modified organisms into the environment? (1994) Publication BIO1. The Green Alliance, London.

Genetic engineering. Too good to go wrong? by Doug Parr (1997) Greenpeace UK, London.

GM on trial by Michelle Allsopp and Doug Parr [Eds] (2001) Greenpeace UK, London. Note: This document can be downloaded from Greenpeace UK's Web site.

Gene Cuisine - a consumer agenda for genetically modified foods (1997) [Policy report] The Consumers' Association, London.

GM Dilemmas (2002) [Policy report] The Consumers' Association, London. Note: This report can be downloaded from the Consumers' Association Web site.

Selling suicide (1999) [Policy report] Christian Aid, London. Note: This report is available on-line from Christian Aid's Web site. There was also a brief follow-up statement in 2002.

 

BOOKS

The uses of life. A history of biotechnology by Robert Bud (1994) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN: 0 521 47699 2 [Paperback]. Note: This is a general, academic treatment of covering the origins of biotechnology and its development until the late 1980s.

Biotechnology in public. A review of recent research (1992) Science Museum, London. ISBN: 1 901805 52 1. [Paperback] Note: Aimed at an academic readership. OUT-OF-PRINT

Biotechnology 1996-2000. The years of controversy by George Gaskell and Martin W Bauer [Eds] (2001) Science Museum, London. ISBN: 1 900 74743 X. [Paperback] Note: A historical/sociological account covering a wide range of biotechnology and aimed at an academic readership.

Eat your genes. How genetically modified food is entering our diet by Stephen Nottingham (2003) Zed Books, London. ISBN: 1 84277 347 X. [Paperback, Second edition]

Food Inc: Mendel to Monsanto - the promises and perils of the biotech harvest by Peter Pringle (2003) Simon and Schuster, New York. ISBN: 0 74322 611 9. [Hardback]

Improving Nature? The science and ethics of genetic engineering by Roger Straughan and Michael Reiss (2001) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN: 0 521 00847 6. [Paperback]

Food biotechnology. An introduction by Dean Madden (1995) ILSI Press, Brussels. ISBN: 0 944398 62 6. [Paperback] Note: This booklet can be downloaded free-of-charge from ILSI (look under 'Publications').

Genetic modification technology and food. Consumer health and safety by Clare Robinson (2002) ILSI Press, Brussels. ISBN: 1 57881 125 2. [Paperback] Note: This booklet can be downloaded free-of-charge from ILSI (look under 'Publications').

GM Foods - Past Present Future? (2000) IGD Business Publications. Institute of Grocery Distribution, Watford. Note: This is a costly report intended for those in the retail sector. It can only be obtained directly from the IGD.

First fruit by Belinda Martineau (2002) McGraw-Hill Education, London. ISBN: 0 0714 0027 3. [Paperback] Note: The story of the development of Calgene's Flavr Savr™ tomato, written for lay readers. You can read a review of this book here.

GM free. A shopper's guide to genetically modified food by Sue Dibb and Tim Lobstein (1999) Virgin Publishing Ltd, London. ISBN: 0 7535 0388 3. [Paperback] OUT-OF-PRINT

How to avoid GM food by Joanna Blythman (1999) Fourth Estate, London. ISBN: 1 84115 197 4. [Paperback] Note: This book was outdated before it was published, because by 1999 most of the food products mentioned were no longer made using GM-derived materials.

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Food for our future. Genetic modification and food (1996; revised 2000) Food and Drink Federation, London. Note: The FDF is a UK food industry trade association.

GM crops and the environment. Benefits and risks (1999) Food and Drink Federation, London. Note: The FDF is a UK food industry trade association.

Genetically modified foods. A flavour of the current issues (1998) Food and Drink Federation, London. Note: The FDF is a UK food industry trade association.

Genetic modification and food (1995) [Booklet - PB2052]
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, London. 'Foodsense' series, intended for the public.
OUT-OF-PRINT

UK National Consensus Conference on Plant Biotechnology (1994) BBSRC/The Science Museum, London. Note: You can read the final report of this project here.

Biotechnology factfile. A quick reference guide by Louise Rossiter [Ed] (1997) Institute of Grocery Distribution, Watford. ISBN: 1 898044 30 9. Note: A factfile intended for those in the retail sector. OUT-OF-PRINT

Benefits and risks of genetic modification in agriculture
An on-line debate organised by the scientific journal,
Nature, October 1998.

One hundred percent safe? GM foods in the UK by Vivian Moses and Michael Brannan [Eds] (2001) CropGen. Note: CropGen is an independent, but industry-funded group that aims to present the case for GM crops. This report can be downloaded free-of-charge from the CropGen Web site.

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