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.

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.