Food & Agriculture

A genetically engineered (GE) animal is one which has had a deliberate modification made to its genome. Genetic engineering allows scientists to precisely transfer beneficial genes from one species to another. GE animals provide solutions to transform public health through biomedical, environmental, and food applications.

For decades, animals have been used to produce pharmaceuticals for the benefit of human health. Biologics such as antibodies used for anti-venoms and transplant organ rejection, heparin (an anti-blood clotting protein) and many others have been obtained from horses, pigs, rabbits and other species.

Research institutions, companies and producer groups engaged in the growing field of animal biotechnology place animal well-being as a top priority. The humane care and use of animals in genomics, cloning and transgenics is guided by rigorous regulatory review and, in some instances, third party review.

A genetically engineered (GE) animal is one which has had a deliberate modification made to its genome. Genetic engineering allows scientists to precisely transfer beneficial genes from one species to another.

“Volunteers” (a plant that grows on its own, rather than being deliberately planted by a human) can happen because seeds can be transported by the wind, spilled from vehicles transporting grain or seed or dropped by birds.

Agricultural biotechnology is an advanced technology that allows plant breeders to make precise genetic changes to impart beneficial traits to the crop plants we rely on for food and fiber.

The following expresses the agricultural values of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and its more than 1,000 member companies located across the United States and in 33 countries.

Plant-made pharmaceuticals (PMPs) and plant-made industrial products (PMIPs) offer an innovative way to turn biotech plants into "factories" that can produce therapeutic proteins, enzymes, and other industrial compounds and proteins.

The agricultural biotechnology industry is committed to the safe and responsible use of its technology.

Today, field testing remains a vital tool to understand the value and performance of new biotech products.

Growers using biotechnology understand that strict adherence to regulations and the best industry practices are key not only to maintaining the use of current technology, but also to gaining the use of future traits.

Commercial seed production has evolved significantly since Gregor Mendel first bred a few peas in an Austrian monastery.

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.
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.
March 25 2014
Borlaug, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, led a global agricultural evolution through his research and advocacy for modern farming practices.  Known as the Father of the Green Revolution, Borlaug is credited with saving more than a billion people from starvation with the development of high-yield, disease-resistant crop varieties and modern agricultural systems.
March 21 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to announce that Jerry Flint, Ph.D., Vice President of Biotech Affairs and Regulatory for DuPont Pioneer has been elected Chair of the organization’s Food and Agriculture Section Governing Board. 
March 19 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and Dr. Jim Murray, Professor at the University of California at Davis will deliver the keynote addresses at the 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit.
February 13 2014
BIO press release anouncing the publication of the 2014 International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) report.