The Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) housed in the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University is an unbiased and credible source of information on biosafety issues for genetically modified agricultural products (GMAPs), both nationally and internationally. Established in 2003, institute faculty provide science-based analysis on the risks and benefits of biotech products, as well as guidance and recommendations to policy and regulatory groups, to private entities, and to the public.
BIGMAP scientists help to safeguard consumers and the environment by studying the impact of GM products on our health, society, economy, climate, and ecosystem. They also work to enhance educational opportunities and to promote successful careers for students and professionals in the field of risk and benefit analysis as it relates to food systems and the .
BIGMAP faculty members are experts in the fields of biotechnology, risk and benefit analysis, seed policies, and regulation. And they play an integral role in enabling the institute to be regarded as a lead developer and clearinghouse of reliable information on plant and animal GM products worldwide.
BIGMAP research program areas include:
—quantitative risk assessment
—envrionmental fate, and