Food & Agriculture

The report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013, released annually by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), says a record 18 million farmers in 27 countries are growing biotech crops on 433 million acres.

Global adoption of biotechnology-derived plant productsi continues to rise at a rapid rate - with an increasing number of authorizations for new and combined events, as well as the emergence of developing nations creating and commercializing novel products.

Neal Carter, President of Okanagan Specialty Fruit discusses the development of the Arctic Apple at the 2013 BIO International Convention.

According to the ISAAA report for 2012, farmers around the world continue to enthusiastically embrace and adopt genetically engineered (GE) crops because of their tremendous environmental and economic benefits and contribution to food security.

Through its advocacy efforts, BIO’s Food and Agriculture Section supports a regulatory framework that facilitates and enables the development and commercialization of new biotechnology-derived plant products.

Naomi Stevens is Global Head of Market Acceptance for BayerCropScience

Farmers using improved seeds and biotech crop varieties continue to see significant economic and on-farm environmental benefits.

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) survey, “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology & Sustainability”, shows U.S. consumers overwhelmingly support current federal rules for labeling foods. 

Hear from Ron Stotish, President & CEO, AquaBounty, as he discusses the challenges facing the animal biotech field and the state of the industry in MA ahead of the 2012 BIO International Convention.

Biotech allows us to meet the food production demands of a growing population in an economical way while lessening environmental impact. 

National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. And today’s modern agriculture practices are more beneficial than ever before for the environment, the economy, food security and consumers.

It’s time for us to embrace science, educate ourselves on its benefits, and encourage – not impede – forward thinking. Our future might depend on it!

March 4 2014
ABA submists comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Docket No. APHIS-2013-0047 regarding the ruling to move forward with a key recommendation of the final AC21 report.  
May 9 2013
We write to convey strong opposition to legislation recently introduced that would require special labels for food and beverages that contain ingredients derived from biotechnology or genetically engineered plants.
May 2 2013
BIO appreciates the opportunity to provide input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the AquAdvantage salmon application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
September 4 2012
The Government of Canada has long been a trusted ally to the United States on agricultural biotechnology. Canada has been a like minded partner in various international fora, including joining the United States government in a successful World Trade Organization
July 10 2012
BIO, along with other major agriculture organizations, sent a letter in support of provisions in the FARRM bill to Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson on July 6.
July 17 2014
Because of the environmental, economical and societal benefits they provide, genetically engineered (GE) varieties of soybeans, cotton and corn are the preferred choice of U.S. farmers, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 
June 3 2014
Attendees will get the opportunity to hone their communications techniques during specially produced communications programming at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit.  The 2014 Summit will be held September 16-18, 2014, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. 
May 8 2014
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law today, H. 112, the GMO food labeling bill.  The Vermont law is due to take effect July 1, 2016. Cathleen Enright, Executive Vice President for Food and Agriculture for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) issued the following statement in response.
May 6 2014
Farmers around the world who use seeds improved with biotechnology are benefitting economically while improving the environmental sustainability of their farming operations according to a newly released global impacts study. The economic benefits for farmers who use genetically modified (GM) seeds amounted to an average of more than $117/hectare in 2012, according to the report “GM Crops:  Global Socio-Economic and Environmental Impacts 1996-2012” released today by PG Economics.
April 16 2014
As a follow-up to the March 25th dedication of the Norman E. Borlaug statue in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall, President Obama praised the work of the Nobel Prize winner and voiced support for the promises of agricultural biotechnology.