Food & Agriculture

New vaccines employing biotech innovations are changing the way we prevent illness.

What do pandas, bantengs, and panthers have in common? Their populations have all been assisted by biotechnology.

Dr. Targan explains how the biotech industry is using the biology of taste to create healthier sweeteners, block bitter tastes, and help make unpleasant-tasting medicines more palatable.

Dr. Targan explains how biotechnology is working to create drought resistant crops.

Trying to eat a healthier diet? Dr. Targan explains how biotechnology is helping to improve the nutritional value of our food.

This video provides a basic overview of biotechnology and its many applications in our daily lives.

Learn how materials, such as plastic, are being developed from renewable resources like plants.

Learn about the history of agriculture and how biotechnology fits into that history.

BIO hosted a successful special session on August 20th where the first public presentation was made of the BIO Guidance on Genetically Engineered (GE) Animal Stewardship with 100 international scientists and government officials in the audience of the 7th Transgenic Animal Conference, Tahoe, Calif.

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Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Food Has or Has Not Been Derived From Genetically Engineered Atlantic Salmon; Draft Guidance for Industry.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.