Food & Agriculture

Join Dr. Targan as he explains the process - and just how much of an effect enzymes have on our daily diets.

Biotechnology might seem like a new science to many, but it has its roots in the work of some early big thinkers — among them George Washington Carver, arguably one of the world’s first industrial biotechnologists and the father of sustainable farming.

Biotech seed adoption is growing by leaps and bounds, according to a report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications.

Biotechnology is everywhere you look - even in places you might not expect.

Disease resistant animals, environmentally friendly livestock, pharmaceuticals produced by goats - are these really possible?

This year, 45 states’ and Puerto Rico’s legislatures will be in session – and BIO will be keeping an eye on all of them for proposed measures that may impact this broad industry.

Sustainable development is no small undertaking for international companies looking to meet today’s energy, food and environmental needs without compromising the Earth’s resources or its future. The innovative solution these corporate leaders are turning to is biotechnology, whether it’s to augment agricultural productivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create an innovative disease therapy or diminish the use of pesticides.

Sometimes a clarification is in order. Such was the case in December, when Brian O’Connor, BIO’s manager of state government relations, testified at a hearing before the Maine Department of Agriculture.

At BIO’s recent Focus on Compliance workshop, participants learned about the responsible use of plant biotechnology during R&D.

A controversial report on genetically engineered crops claims farmers are increasingly critical of these crops. But is it really so?

Today's world population is more than 6.6 billion people and growing. Fast. By some projections there will be 9 billion people inhabiting our planet by 2050. That may sound far off, but it is less than a single lifetime away—meaning that many of us alive today will still be alive then. Perhaps even you.

The world’s population is projected to reach 9.1 billion by the middle of this century. Feeding that number of people — in addition to producing animal feed, fiber and biofuels — will require a 70 percent increase in overall agricultural production, primarily in the developing world, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO).

Transgenic seed technology began to transform India's cotton industry in 2002. Genetically modified cotton acreage has increased three-fold since that year, and the lives of millions of Indian families have been improved as cotton farmers income has increased by $124 million (USD). Indian farmers today represent some of the world's most rapid adopters of biotech crops.

Transgenic seed technology began to transform India's cotton industry in 2002.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

October 27 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to submit these comments in response to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) notice requesting public input on proposed changes to requirements for field testing of regulated genetically engineered (GE) wheat (Notice). BIO is the world's largest trade association, representing more than 950 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products, and BIO represents the majority of the biotechnology product developers in North America, including companies conducting field trials of GE wheat.
September 10 2015
The U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance greatly appreciates your efforts to elevate the U.S.- China dialogue on agricultural innovation. Your engagement with President Xi Jinping at the 2014 APEC Summit established a strong foundation on which to build a robust, mutually beneficial, long-term dialogue on cooperation as it relates to agricultural innovation, including global food security, climate unpredictability and rural economic growth. In this regard, we ask that practical, trade facilitating measures to ensure increased Chinese access to the products of U.S. agriculture be a priority for your upcoming meeting with President Xi.  
September 4 2015
Now more than ever, American agriculture needs your continued engagement with China’s President Xi Jinping on agricultural innovation and trade. The undersigned organizations embrace innovation to continue reliably supplying our valued customers in China and in other markets around the world. Sustainably meeting the challenges of global food security is important not only for China, but for all countries, and requires access to innovation and to markets. For these reasons, we ask you to make securing positive action on pending biotechnology issues a priority when you meet with President Xi in Washington, D.C. later this month. 
April 29 2015
We are writing on behalf of the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food about a significant development that could impact American consumers, businesses, farmers and food manufacturers. At a time when legislative consensus is hard to come by, it is notable that substantial bipartisan support is building behind a national, voluntary food labeling standard for products containing ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
April 28 2015
Dear Commissioner Andriukaitis, On March 12, 2015 the undersigned organizations, representing a broad section of the U.S. food and agricultural industry, provided comments on the review of the European Union's (EU) regulatory procedure for approving the import of new biotechnology products being conducted by DG SANTE. In our letter we stated that a number of core principles and commitments must result from this review (see attachment).

Press Releases

November 23 2015
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially announced that it has rejected petitions from public interest groups calling for mandatory labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering.
November 19 2015
After conducting a thorough and rigorous regulatory review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Salmon for commercial marketing.
October 21 2015
Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2015) – “Over the past twenty years, agriculture biotechnology has become a valuable tool in ensuring the success of the American farmer in meeting the challenge of increasing yield in a more efficient, safe, and responsible manner,” said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee at a hearing today.
August 26 2015
Today, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced that long-time agriculture policy expert Brian T. Baenig will be joining BIO as Executive Vice President, Food & Agriculture Section.
July 23 2015
Washington, D.C. (July 23, 2015) – In bipartisan action today in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599) was passed by a vote of 275 to 150.  The bill provides a national, consumer-friendly approach to the labeling of foods made with or without genetically modified organisms (GMOs).