Miscellaneous admin_apaari November 6, 2017

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Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

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Action Bioscience 
ActionBioscience.org is a non-commercial, educational website created to promote bioscience literacy, the website provides articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to seven bioscience challenges: environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers in science, and bioscience education.

As an independent non-profit stakeholders’ association, AfricaBio represents the interests of all stakeholders involved in the biotechnology sector throughout Africa, and promotes the use of biotechnology as a means to upliftment. AfricaBio focuses on the agriculture, health, industrial, environmental and marine biotech.

Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International
Africa Harvest Biotechnology Foundation International (Africa Harvest) uses science and technology, gender-sensitive, appropriate agricultural technologies and innovative institutional approaches to improve the livelihoods of rural communities, particularly SHFs. Their vision is to be a lead contributor in freeing Africa from hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

AG West Bio
AG-West Bio works towards creating value in agriculture, food, health and bio-based industries through leadership in the application of science and technology from the benefit of Saskatchewan people.

AusBiotech is Australia’s life sciences organisation, working on behalf of members for 30 years to provide representation and services to promote the global growth of the Australian life sciences industry. AusBiotech is a well-connected network of over 3,000 members in the life sciences, including therapeutics, medical technology (devices and diagnostics), digital health, food technology and agricultural, environmental and industrial sectors.

BIOTECanada is the national industry association with over 200 members located nation wide, reflecting the diverse nature of Canada’s health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology sectors. In addition to providing significant health benefits for Canadians, the biotechnology industry has quickly become an essential part of the transformation of many traditional cornerstones of the Canadian economy including manufacturing, automotive, energy, aerospace and forestry industries. 

Biosafety Clearing House (BCH)
The Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) is an information exchange mechanism established by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to assist Parties to implement its provisions and to facilitate sharing of information on, and experience with, living modified organisms (LMOs). It is essential for the successful implementation of the Protocol and assists Parties and other stakeholders in different ways in the implementation of the Protocol.

Codex Alimentarius
The Codex Alimentarius Commission by FAO and WHO develops food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme to protect health of the consumers and ensure fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Convention on biodiversity, one of the key agreements adopted at Rio, sets out commitments for maintaining the world’s ecological underpinnings as we go about the business of economic development. The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. It looks at the importance of biological diversity for the health of people and the planet and plays a role in the in protecting this biodiversity and ensuring that it is used for the benefit of all.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)
CAST is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization composed of scientific societies and many individual, student, company, nonprofit, and associate society members. The primary work of CAST is the publication of task force reports, commentary papers, special publications, and issue papers written by scientists from many disciplines. CAST addresses issues of animal sciences, food sciences and agricultural technology, plant and soil sciences, and plant protection sciences with inputs from economists, social scientists, toxicologists or plant pathologists and entomologists, weed scientists, nematologists, and legal experts.

Council for Biotech Info (CBI)
CBI, a trade association non-profit organisation, is a commitment by the major plant and seed biotechnology companies to engage audiences in the United States about the benefits of modern agricultural biotechnology. Its objectives are to use solid, documented research and analysis from opinion leaders in creative communications campaigns to help targeted audiences understand and accept the positive role of biotechnology in providing more and better food to a growing world while helping protect the natural resource base on which agriculture depends. 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Defra is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding the natural environment, supporting a world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.

Economic Research Service (ERS)
The Economic Research Service (ERS), the main source of economic information and research from the U.S Department of Agriculture, informs and enhances public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development.

ETC Group 
ETC group is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights, supports socially responsible developments of technologies useful to the poor and marginalized and it addresses international governance issues and corporate power. ETC provides information and analysis of socio-economic and technological trends and alternatives and this work requires join actions in community, regional and global fora.

EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, promotes an innovative and dynamic European biotechnology industry. EuropaBio and its members are committed to the socially responsible use of biotechnology to improve quality of life, to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure diseases, to improve the quality and quantity of food and feedstuffs and to move towards a biobased and zero-waste economy. EuropaBio represents 78 corporate and associate members and bio regions, and 15 national biotechnology associations in turn representing over 1800 biotech SMEs.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth inspire solutions to environmental problems, which make life better for people. The largest international network of environmental groups in the world with a unique network of campaigning local groups, working in more than 200 communities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, represented in 68 countries and largely funded by supporters, Friends of the Earth is one of the leading environmental pressure groups in the UK.

GeneWatch UK is a not-for-profit group that monitors developments in genetic technologies from a public interest, human rights, environmental protection and animal welfare perspective. GeneWatch works on all aspects of genetic technologies – from GM crops and foods to genetic testing of humans.

Green Alliance
Green Alliance is a charity and independent think-tank that promotes sustainable development by working with senior people in government, parliament, business and the environment movement to encourage new ideas, dialogue and constructive solutions.

Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. GreenPeace works on a number of international environmental issues such as Global Warming, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Incineration, Toxics, Ancient Forests, GM, Oceans and many other such issues.

International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC)
The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good. 

Institute of Food Research (IFR)
IFR aims to fulfil a UK and international leadership role in delivering: Fundamental food & health research. applied and translational research in food & health for societal benefit.

Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST)
Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) is the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in all aspects of food science and technology. IFST is an internationally respected independent membership body, supporting food professionals through knowledge sharing and professional recognition. The Institute’s core aim is the advancement of food science and technology based on impartial science and knowledge sharing.

International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)
IPPC – the International Plant Protection Convention – is an international treaty that aims to secure coordinated, effective action to prevent and to control the introduction and spread of pests of plants and plant products. The Convention extends beyond the protection of cultivated plants to the protection of natural flora and plant products. It takes into consideration both direct and indirect damage by pests, so it includes weeds. It also covers vehicles, aircraft and vessels, containers, storage places, soil and other objects or material that can harbour or spread pests.

International Scientific Organization:
· UN Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO)
· UN World Health Organization (WHO)
· International Life Science Institute (ILSI)
· Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Ministry of Health and Welfare, Japan (MHW)
This site contains general information on safety of GM foods.

Biotechnology and Development Monitor, the journal provides critical views on biotech, agriculture, sustainable development and food security issues for developing countries.

National Agriculture Library (NAL)
National Agricultural Library with one of the world’s largest and most accessible agricultural research library, plays a vital role is supporting research education, and applied agriculture. It is a store house for agricultural information for researchers, educators, policy-makers, consumers of agriculture products and the public.

National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy (NCFAP)
The National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy (NCFAP) fosters and conducts objective, non-advocacy research, analysis, and education to inform public policy on food, agriculture, natural resources, environmental quality, and rural economics.

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)
NCGA, a federation of state organizations, corn boards, councils and commissions developing and implementing programs and policies on a state and national level in the United States helps protect and advance the corn producers’ interests.

Pew Initiative on Food & Biotechnology
The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology examined health and environmental issues raised by genetically modifying animals and plants, as well as the ability of the federal government to assess the risks and benefits. Its work concluded in 2007. However, the project’s research findings remain available online because they are a trusted information source on this complex topic.

RiskWorld was launched by Tec-Com Inc. in 1995 as one of the first online risk publications.

The Royal Society
The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of UK dedicated to promoting excellence in Science.

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
The Stockholm Environment Institute, an international non-profit research and policy organization specializing in sustainable development and environment issues, works at local, national, regional and global policy levels with research programmes that aim to clarify the requirements, strategies and policies for a transition to sustainability.

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
UNEP aims to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) an independent non-profit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists augments rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.

United States Regulatory Agencies Unified Biotechnology
Searchable database with direct links to relevant documents from USDA, EPA, FDA

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
FSIS Mission Statement: Protecting the public’s health by ensuring the safety of meat, poultry, and processed egg products. 

USDA Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO)
The Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) supports the research community by collecting, organizing & disseminating food safety information in accordance with the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998.

US Environment Protection Agency (EPA)
With more than 18,000 people across the country, including headquarters offices in Washington, DC, 10 regional offices, and more than a dozen labs, the United States Environment Protection Agency is for protecting human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.

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