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Issue Papers - IP30 - July 2005

PART 3, "ANIMAL AGRICULTURE'S FUTURE THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY."This paper provides a discussion of metabolic modifiers--a group of compounds that alter the physiology and metabolism of animals in specific ways to improve efficiency of meat and milk production and, in certain instances, to improve yield and composition of animal-derived products.The paper describes the classification, characteristics, and effects of metabolic modifiers approved for use in animal production and presents the current status of metabolic modifier approval around the world.Topics include a brief history of this technology, applications, and contributions to animal agriculture. Co-authors:Donald Beermann, University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Frank Dunshea, Department of Primary Industries, Werribee, Victoria, Australia. IP 30, July 2005, 12 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

CAST Commentaries - QTA2005-1 SPA - July 2005

La presencia adventicia se refiere a la mezcla no intencional de cantidades mínimas de un tipo de semilla o producto, con otro. Aunque este proceso puede ocurrir con los cultivos obtenidos en forma tradicional, la presencia adventicia normalmente contempla las semillas y productos de ingeniería genética en un material que no la ha experimentado. Este documento provee un marco de trabajo para discutir el desarrollo de una política basada en la ciencia para aplicar a la presencia adventicia. Coautores: Drew Kershen, Universidad de Oklahoma Facultad de Derechos, Norman, y Alan McHughen, Universidad de California, Riverside. QTA2005-1SPA, 6 pp., Julio 2005. DISPONIBLE SÓLO EN LÍNEA.

Issue Papers - IP29 - February 2005

This paper provides background on some ways in which ethics is applied productively to the food and agriculture system.Ethics may be a component in food safety and security, international trade, land-use policies, and animal welfare.Other topics considered include research ethics, public trust in science, and practical steps for institutionalizing ethics into agriculture.In addition to the scientific community, policymakers, agency leaders, and persons in the humanities and social sciences disciplines will find this study useful. Chair: Jeffrey Burkhardt, University of Florida, Gainesville. IP 29, February 2005, 12 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Issue Papers - IP29SPA - February 2005

¿Que es exactamente lo que hace que algo sea “correcto” o “incorrecto”?. Y en el campo del medio ambiente agrícola, ¿quién toma esas decisiones, cómo se generan tales determinaciones y cómo afectan a los investigadores, a las políticas y a los otros participantes?. Estas y otras preguntas relacionadas afectan en forma creciente a la investigación agrícola y al desarrollo de políticas, proveyendo el marco para esta publicación. Presidente: Jeffrey Burkhardt, Universidad de Florida, Gainesville. IP29SPA, Febrero 2005, 16 pp. GRATIS. Disponible en línea ( Y en letra (515-292-2125; honorarios de embarque/manejo).

Issue Papers - IP28 - February 2005

Animal diseases impact food supplies, trade and commerce, and human health worldwide.Some outbreaks have had severe consequences on the economies and social well-being of the population in affected countries.This paper discusses patterns of livestock diseases, factors affecting the emergence of diseases, impacts on human health, and international monitoring and response efforts. Cochairs: James Pearson, International Consultant, Ames, Iowa, and M.D. Salman, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. IP 28, February 2005, 16 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Issue Papers - IP28 SPA - February 2005

Los brotes recientes de encefalopatía espongiforme bovina (enfermedad de la vaca loca), el virus del oeste del Nilo, la fiebre aftosa en porcinos y la fiebre aviar, encabezaron los titulares, inquietando no sólo por el significativo costo económico, sino también por la posibilidad de contagiar a los seres humanos. Esta publicación revisa la historia y reseña los impactos potenciales que tales enfermedades tendrán en todo el mundo. Copresidentes: James Pearson, Consultor Internacional, Ames, Iowa, y M. D. Salmon, Universidad Estatal de Colorado, Fort Collins. IP28SPA, Febrero 2005, 18 pp. GRATIS. Disponible en línea ( Y en letra (515-292-2125; honorarios de embarque/manejo).

Issue Papers - IP27 - November 2004

Composed of five stand-alone pieces, this issue paper highlights the current science, processes, and potentials for energy production through agriculture, and outlines future research needs.Among the topics addressed in this introduction to the subject of bioenergy are the economics and rural development of bioenergy, environmental and natural resource effects, technology and research, and the need for a systems approach.Public policy considerations such as long-term societal issues and acceptable risk also are discussed. Cochairs: Roger K. Conway, USDA-OEPNU, Washington, D.C., and Don Erbach. USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland. IP 27, November 2004, FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

CD Collections - August 2004

Publications Included:
IP19 Evaluation of the U.S. Regulatory Process for Crops Developed through Biotechnology (October 2001, 14 pp.)
IP12 Applications of Biotechnology to Crops: Benefits and Risks (December 1999, 8 pp.)
IP7 Radiation Pasteurization of Food (April 1996, 10 pp.)
IP4 Labeling of Food-Plant Biotechnology Products (July 1994, 8 pp.)

CD Collections - August 2004

Publications Included:
IP15 Relevance of Soil Testing to Agriculture and the Environment (June 2000, 12 pp.)
IP14 Storing Carbon in Agricultural Soils to Help Mitigate Global Warming (April 2000, 8 pp.)
R134 Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia: Land and Sea Interactions (June 1999, 44 pp.)
IP11 Agricultural Impact of the Sudden Elimination of Key Pesticides under the Food Quality Protection Act (March 1999, 14 pp.)
R133 Benefits of Biodiversity (February 1999, 33 pp.)
IP10 The Proposed EPA Plant Pesticide Rule (October 1998, 8 pp.)
IP9 Feasibility of Prescription Pesticide Use in the United States (August 1998, 10 pp.)
R129 Grazing on Public Lands (December 1996, 70 pp.)
R127 Future of Irrigated Agriculture (August 1996, 76 pp.)
SP19 Conservation Reserve: A Survey of Research and Interest Groups (July 1995, 44 pp.)
R123 Public Perceptions of Agrichemicals (January 1995, 35 pp.)
IP3 Risks and Benefits of Selenium in Agriculture (June 1994, 6 pp.)
IP2 Pesticides in Surface and Ground Water (April 1994, 8 pp.)

CD Collections - August 2004

Publications Included:
R136 Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies in the United States (October 2000, 36 pp.)
IP16 Estrogenicity and Endocrine Disruption (July 2000, 16 pp.)
R135 Animal Agriculture and Global Food Supply (July 1999, 92 pp.)
R131 Contribution of Animal Products to Healthful Diets (October 1997, 56 pp.)
R130 Well-Being of Agricultural Animals (September 1997, 34 pp.)
R129 Grazing on Public Lands (December 1996, 70 pp.)
R128 Integrated Animal Waste Management (November 1996, 87 pp.)
R124 Waste Management and Utilization in Food Production and Processing (October 1995, 125 pp.)