German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


List of Links on Agro-Genetic Engineering (with comments)

  • Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL): Website section on genetic engineering
    The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) is Germany's leading authority in the approval of GMOs. The BVL website contains the register of sites for GMO releases and cultivation in Germany, together with instructions and forms for applicants and users.
  • Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants – Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI): Website section on genetic engineering
    The JKI publishes information on its work and associated statutory regulations. The website contains a database and statistics on GMO cultivation. (German only)
  • Biotechnology and GMOs
    The EU Commission's website with a section on the release and placing on the market of GMOs in the EU. For each application, a summary report (SNIF) is placed in a database. Links to important documents and decisions at EU level.
  • Informationsdienst Gentechnik
    The Genetic Engineering Information Service (Informationsdienst Gentechnik) is a joint endeavour by associations and organisations from agriculture, environment protection and consumer protection. Sponsored by businesses from the food industry, the service provides tips on how farmers and consumers can live without agro-genetic engineering. (German only)
  • bioSicherheit
    The GMO Safety website ( is a component of the collaborative project on information management in biosafety research which was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The website contains information on BMBF-funded projects on safety research, a wide range of information on genetic engineering and the latest news on trends in this sector.
  • SOS Save our Seeds
    Lobbying the cause for keeping conventional and organically grown seeds free of genetically modified organisms, the website provides a wealth of information on genetic engineering, the latest on the ongoing debate and tips on how to use non-GMO seeds.
  • TransGen
    The TransGen website aims to ensure transparency by providing easy-to-understand information on the use of genetic engineering in the food industry. It offers many downloads and links to databases to help users search for GMOs and foods produced using genetic engineering. Subsections of the website are financed by a range of interest groups and associations (industry, consumer protection, government agencies). TransGen is also a member of the GMO Safety (bioSicherheit) website initiative described above. (German only)
  • Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) e.V.: Website section on genetic engineering and nature conservation
    The website provides information on NABU's standpoint regarding genetic engineering and nature conservation and describes its related activities. (German only)
  • GMO-Free Zones
    The website of the BfN-sponsored project on GMO-free zones conducted in cooperation with the University of Bremen Institute for Labour and Economy, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft (ABL) and BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany). It targets farmers who want to run their farms without the aid of agro-genetic engineering. With practical tips on setting up a GMO-free zone, the website provides information on producers of GMO-free feed and seed, and respective legislation. One of its aims is to inform and sensitise the general public to the reasons behind establishing GMO-free zones. (German only)
  • GMO-Compass
    The website is sponsored by the EU with the aim of making GMO-related safety assessments transparent throughout the Community. Consumers in Europe can access background information on all issues covered in the genetic engineering debate. The website also provides information on breeding aims and reports on the status regarding use and approval of genetically modified crops in the EU. Its Regulations section serves as a guide in labelling and tracing GMO-produced food. A comprehensive glossary assists the layperson with specialist terminology used in genetics and genetic engineering.
  • Federal Environmental Agency Publications on Genetic Engineering
    Comprehensive collection of literature on genetic engineering, with books and reports published by Department IV 2.5 at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) (Genetic Engineering Act, Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms, up to August 2003).
  • Summary of the TAB Working Report No. 104: Green Genetic Engineering – Second and Third Generation Transgenic Plants

Last Change: 03/06/2013