Publications

Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative Agricultural Biotechnology by Small Businesses and Universities
Category: Ag quickCASTs
March, 2018

This report examines the current U.S. regulatory system for GE crops, compares it with those of major trading partners, and considers the effects it has on agricultural biotechnology.

Ethical Implications of Animal Biotechnology: Considerations for Animal Welfare Decision Making
Category: Issue Papers
August, 2010

Part 9, “ANIMAL AGRICULTURE’S FUTURE THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY.” Animal biotechnology, which includes both genetic engineering and mammalian cloning, has expanded rapidly in recent decades. These technologies already have been applied in biomedical research and now are nearing application within the food system.

Implications of Gene Flow in the Scale-up and Commercial Use of Biotechnology-derived Crops: Economic and Policy Considerations
Category: Issue Papers
December, 2007

This Issue Paper identifies the nature of gene flow and discusses the relatively limited situations in which it is likely to cause economic problems in the production of commercial biotech crops.

Safety of Meat, Milk, and Eggs from Animals Fed Crops Derived from Modern Biotechnology
Category: Issue Papers
July, 2006

PART 5, “ANIMAL AGRICULTURE’S FUTURE THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY.”As the global land area of biotechnology-derived crops continues to increase, these crops have become an increasingly important source of feedstuffs for farm animals, and it is important to review the safety of meat, milk, and eggs derived from animals fed these crops.

Crop Biotechnology and the Future of Food: A Scientific Assessment
Category: CAST Commentaries
October, 2005

This CAST Commentary provides an up-to-date evaluation of the use of biotechnology in crop production. The concise, fact-based document addresses the science behind the issues. Chair: Bruce Chassy, University of Illinois, Urbana. QTA2005-2, 6 pp., October 2005.

Management of Pest Resistance: Strategies Using Crop Management, Biotechnology, and Pesticides
Category: Special Publications
June, 2004

The April 2003 CAST-convened symposium on pest resistance management (PRM) was the first such U.S.-based multidisciplinary stakeholder meeting in nearly a decade. Major objectives included identifying common issues related to PRM across disciplines, considering ways to remove barriers to effective preventive resistance management, describing research activities in PRM, and disseminating this information to a wide audience of stakeholders.

Biotechnology-derived, Perennial Turf and Forage Grasses: Criteria for Evaluation
Category: Special Publications
May, 2004

Following a 2-day workshop sponsored jointly by CAST and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, an 11-member task force undertook the writing of this publication to present in summarized form the contributions made by the diverse group of workshop participants, as well as those who submitted comments before and after the formal meetings.

Biotechnology in Animal Agriculture: An Overview
Category: Issue Papers
February, 2003

PART 1 OF A 9-PART SERIES, “ANIMAL AGRICULTURE’S FUTURE THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY.”Written by a task force of nine scientists, this issue paper summarizes existing and emerging technologies and assesses their current and potential impacts. The authors suggest that research on biotechnology in animal production is leading to breakthroughs on many fronts.

Comparative Environmental Impacts of Biotechnology-derived and Traditional Soybean, Corn, and Cotton Crops
Category: Other Publications
June, 2002

A comprehensive review of the scientific literature supports the conclusion that overall the currently commercialized biotechnology-derived soybean, corn, and cotton crops yield environmental benefits.

Evaluation of the U.S. Regulatory Process for Crops Developed through Biotechnology
Category: Issue Papers
October, 2001

A group of nine science and policy experts prepared this evaluation of the process by which U.S. regulatory agencies determine the safety of biotechnology-derived crops. The authors found that the U.S. regulatory process is comprehensive and meets its charge of ensuring that biotechnology-derived foods are at least as safe as foods derived using traditional breeding techniques.

Applications of Biotechnology to Crops: Benefits and Risks
Category: Issue Papers
December, 1999

This issue paper is a summary of the recent scientific developments that underpin modern biotechnology and a discussion of the potential risks and benefits when these are applied to agricultural crops.

Labeling of Food-Plant Biotechnology Products
Category: Issue Papers
July, 1994

Review of scientific evidence in response to proposed U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy for labeling of foods from new plant varieties.