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

February 18 2016
We, the undersigned organizations, appreciate the opportunity to provide comment on APHIS’ Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement in connection with potential changes to APHIS biotechnology regulations (7 CFR 340). Our member organizations represent a broad cross-section of stakeholders having a significant interest in the future of U.S. agriculture, including farmers, grower groups, handlers, marketers, processors, manufacturers, distributors and exporters of agricultural products, as well as seed companies and technology providers.
January 26 2016
Food and Drug Administration Docket No. FDA-2015-D-4272; Food Labeling; Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Food Has or Has Not Been Derived From Genetically Engineered Atlantic Salmon; Draft Guidance for Industry.
December 1 2015
Food and Drug Administration Docket No. FDA-2015-N-3403; Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology and Developing a Long-Term Strategy for the Regulation of the Products of Biotechnology.
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.  

Press Releases

April 25 2016
The 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, the largest international industrial biotech event, concluded today at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. This year’s Conference drew around 907 industry leaders from 529 companies, 32 countries and 31 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Organized by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology hosted more than 1,961 partnering meetings, nearly a 40% increase from the 2015 BIO World Congress.
April 13 2016
Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2016) – Millions of farmers around the world have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996, according to a new adoption study released today.
March 1 2016
Legislation enhances transparency, protects farmers Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2016) – The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) applauds bipartisan action today by the Senate Agriculture Committee to advance a biotech food labeling solution as an alternative to a costly and confusing patchwork of state laws.
February 19 2016
Legislation eliminates confusion, enhances transparency
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.