Genetically Modified Foods     [Text-only version for printing]     [back to graphical version]
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

Center for Food Safety
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy membership organization established for the purpose of challenging harmful food production technologies and promoting sustainable alternatives. Though strongly biased against genetically engineered foods, this site has much useful information on the subject.

GM Food Special Report from New
This site posts recent articles from the U.K. based New Scientist magazine on the topic of GM foods. Each article is followed by links to persons or institutions mentioned in the article for further research. The articles seem to be a mix of those favorable to the use of genetically modified food and those that speak of the risks involved. 
Very current news articles.

Monsanto Company
One of the leading producers of genetically modified corn and other biotech crops, the Monsanto Web site states that its "solutions are designed to improve food production and quality while respecting the environment as well as regional and cultural diversity."  See particularly the "Technical & Safety Info" ( section.

Organic Consumers Association
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), is a non-profit public interest organization with a predictably anti-GM slant.  They deal with "crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, corporate accountability and environmental sustainability."  News releases and articles available on site.

PBS - Harvest of Fear
Nova/Frontline report on the debate over genetically modified foods.  Links to video interviews, texts and links about the topic.

Union of Concerned Scientists - Science In Agriculture
This section of the Union of Concerned Scientists ( Web site contains information on genetic engineering and biotechnology.  Although the Union largely opposes the use of GM foods, information is presented in a reasonably objective way.  Of particular interest is the section "Current Uses of Biotechnology in Agriculture." (

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Encyclopedia of bioethics
Call number: Ref QH332.E52 2004

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Crops--Genetic engineering


Genetic engineering--History

Genetic engineering--Moral and ethical aspects

Genetically modified foods

Plant genetic engineering

Transgenic plants

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases -  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 8 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  (SUB(genetically altered foods) ) [from Peer-Reviewed journals]
    2.  (SUB(genetically altered foods) and StarLink )
    3.  (SUB(genetically altered foods) and SUB(food safety) )
    4.  (SUB(genetically altered foods) and CO(Monsanto))
    5.  (SUB(agricultural biotechnology) )
    6.  (SUB(genetically altered foods) and European Union )
    7.  (Frankenfood )
    8.  (transgenic crops)

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, Librarian 2/2003
last update: T. Shacklett, Librarian 5/2010

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