Letters, Testimony & Comments

May 8, 2013   We write to convey strong opposition to legislation recently introduced that would require special labels for food...
May 9 2013
April 26, 2013 Docket No. FDA-2011-0899 Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, rm....
May 2 2013
I. Agricultural and Animal Biotechnology The Government of Canada has long been a trusted ally to the United States on agricultural...
September 4 2012
Dear Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson: Our members are engaged in the development, use and future utilization of agricultural...
July 10 2012
Senators Sanders and Boxer have introduced an amendment that will result in costly and extreme food labeling requirements. Senate...
June 21 2012
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), which represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state...
June 21 2012
On behalf of the 23 undersigned industrial, environmental, food and agricultural biotechnology companies, we write to express our...
June 12 2012
These comments are submitted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in response to the United States Department of Agriculture...
December 13 2011
Dear Senators Reid and McConnell and Representatives Boehner and Pelosi: We are deeply concerned about recent action in the U.S. House...
August 2 2011
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is the world's largest biotechnology organization, providing advocacy, business...
July 28 2011
Dear Chairman Kingston and Ranking Member Farr: On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), I am writing to encourage...
May 12 2011
Testimony of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Hearing of the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare April 13,...
April 13 2011
RE: Request for comments on Appendix 3 of the Chairperson’s Report on the November 15-16, 2010 Facilitated Work Session of the...
March 4 2011
Re: Draft Environmental Assessment: Use of Genetically Modified, Glyphosate-Tolerant Soybeans and Corn on National Wildlife Refuge Lands...
March 4 2011
Re: Docket No. FDA–2011–N–0002: Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacology; Notice of...
March 2 2011
"An Act establishing procedures for sampling plants protected by patent or other intellectual property laws; requiring mediation of...
February 1 2011
Compensation Tax Fund Will Hurt Farmers and Undermine Coexistence SUMMARY Coexistence in agriculture has been pushed to the forefront...
January 20 2011
January 7, 2011 President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Public Oral Comments Ladies and Gentlemen:...
January 11 2011
Farmers Successfully Practice Coexistence USDA must base its decision to deregulate GE alfalfa on science and within its existing...
January 6 2011
Dear Mr. Sunstein: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) wishes to express in the strongest possible terms its concerns...
December 23 2010
Re: APHIS-2010-0047: Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Supplemental Request for Partial Deregulation of Sugar Beets...
December 6 2010
RE: Participation of Malaysia in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations Dear Ms. Blue: The Biotechnology Industry...
November 22 2010
Re: (Docket No. FDA-2010-N-0385) Food Labeling; Labeling of Food Made From AquAdvantage Salmon Dear Sir/Madam: The Biotechnology...
November 19 2010
Dear Mr. Arny: U.S. farmers are concerned about the long-term sustainability of their farms and their place in society. For this reason...
October 18 2010
Dear Ms. Smith: Thank you for taking the time to meet with BIO members on September 8. The information that you and Mike Gregoire...
October 6 2010
Dear Ms. Blue: This letter is submitted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in response to the request for public comments...
October 4 2010
      Product Launch Stewardship Introduction Through its advocacy efforts, BIO’s Food and Agriculture...
October 4 2010
Dear Secretary Vilsack: For the past 15 years, agricultural products derived from modern biotechnology have provided significant...
October 4 2010
Members of the Veterinary Medical Advisory Committee, My name is Dr. David Edwards, and I am the Director of Animal Biotechnology for...
September 20 2010
Comments on the “Rule Requiring Use of Best Management Practices for Growing Crops to Minimize Cross Contamination” Dear...
December 14 2009
BIO greatly appreciates the time and effort that has gone into the drafting of these proposed regulations. Although the agency has done...
November 24 2009
Testimony of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MBC) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Hearing of the...
November 19 2009
Re: Docket No. APHIS-2007-0146, “Update of Noxious Weed Regulations” To whom it may concern: These comments are submitted...
August 10 2009
Re: Interagency Cooperation Under the Endangered Species Act; Proposed Rule; Docket No: FWS-R9-ES-2008-0093 To whom it may concern...
August 5 2009
Re: Comments to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0023 To whom it may concern: These comments are submitted by the Biotechnology Industry...
June 29 2009
To whom it may concern:   The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the...
June 12 2009
Dear Representatives DeLauro and Kingston and Senators Kohl and Brownback: Our organizations represent livestock and dairy producers,...
June 3 2009
Re: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary; Solicitation of Input from Stakeholders on the Roadmap for Agricultural Research...
May 31 2009
Enhanced Sustainability and Reduced Environmental Footprint Agricultural biotechnology has helped enable large shifts in agronomic...
April 22 2009
My name is Michael Wach, and I am a Managing Director for Science and Regulatory Affairs with the Biotechnology Industry Organization,...
April 17 2009
Re: Comments to the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel for its February 25-27, 2009 meeting The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO...
February 24 2009
To whom it may concern: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates the opportunity to respond to the Community Credit...
October 31 2008
To whom it may concern: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested comments relevant to the implementation of Sec. 912 of the...
October 27 2008
Re: Proposed Rule 603-052-1236: To Establish a System for Review of Federal Permit Applications For Growing Biopharmaceutical Crops In...
October 24 2008
Re: Interagency Cooperation Under the Endangered Species Act; Proposed Rule; Docket No: FWS-R9-ES-2008-0093 To whom it may concern...
October 15 2008
Re: Plant-Incorporated Protectants; Potential Revisions to Current Production Regulations (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-1003) Dear Mr. Howie: The...
August 6 2008
Dear Secretary Schafer: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) believes it is critical that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (...
April 15 2008
Dear Chairman Baucus: The undersigned organizations applaud the nomination of A. Ellen Terpstra as the next Chief Agricultural...
April 4 2008
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to submit these comments in response to the supplemental proposals for plant-...
July 17 2007
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to submit these comments in response to the Advance Notice of Proposed...
July 13 2007
In light of the upcoming U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting in August, the American Seed Trade Association...
June 29 2007
Dear Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley:   We applaud your commitment to continue reviewing trade preference programs to...
May 16 2007
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION February 1, 2007 House Bill 1048 Relating to Genetically Modified Crops Chair...
February 1 2007
To: Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Human Services and Members of the Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee The...
September 26 2006
Dear Mr. Tian: I am writing on behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in response to your request for comments on the...
August 28 2006
A Panel from the BIO Annual Convention 2006.
April 11 2006
Dear Governor Murkowski: On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), we would like to express concern about a bill...
May 11 2005
Testimony of the Biotechnology Industry Organization Submitted to the California Assembly Committee on Agriculture April 29, 2005...
April 29 2005
RE: Comments regarding August 26, 2004 Meeting of California Fish and Game Commission, Agenda Item 3 Dear Mr. Kellogg: On behalf of...
August 25 2004
Please accept this statement on  behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and its member companies regarding HCR270/...
April 7 2004
Testimony on the Biotechnology Industry Organization Submitted to the New York State Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation...
March 19 2004
MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION OF LEGISLATION S. 6537, Senator Carl Marcellino Prohibits the sale of transgenic aquatic animals On behalf of...
March 10 2004
On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization and its more than 1,000 member companies, please accept this testimony in opposition...
March 3 2004
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) opposes mandatory, generalized labeling requirements for biotech foods like those proposed...
February 27 2004
Testimony of the Biotechnology Industry Organization Submitted to the House Economic Development and Business Concerns Committee...
February 12 2004
RE: Decision not to exempt transgenic ornamental fish from the resticted species list in Section 671, Title 14 California Code of...
February 4 2004
Testimony of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MBC) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Hearing of the...
August 27 2003
Dear Governor Davis: The below signed organizations are opposed to SB 245 (Sher) and respectfully request your veto of the bill. This...
August 27 2003
Dear Governor Kitzhaber: This letter explains why FDA objects to the pending ballot initiative to require the mandatory labeling of...
October 4 2002
Testimony of the Biotechnology Industry Organization to the Oregon Senate Environment & Land Use Committee Regarding Senate Bill...
Agriculture and Weed Resistance Weeds are the second most significant agricultural problem, second only to soil erosion. The fact is...
AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY BENEFITS FARMERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT In Response to Report Criticizing Herbicide and Pesticide Use and...
Agricultural biotechnology is helping farmers grow food sustainably. The Obama Administration has made global food security a top...
Experts Agree on Biotech's Contributions to Agriculture Stability "Advances in the genetic engineering of plants have provided...
Cloning is the most recent evolution of selective assisted breeding in animal husbandry. Cloning animals is a reliable way of reproducing...
Re: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Request for public comments on the “Implications of animal cloning on food safety, animal...
Consumer Questions About Food Products From Cloned Animals: Talking Points for Retailers Q. What is cloning? A. Cloning is an assisted...
Dear Ms. Tipton, Mr. Kozak and Mr. Suber: On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), I urge the International Dairy...
Dear Secretary Johanns: On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), I request your support for publication of the U. S:...
Re: Docket No. AMS-TM-07-0032; TM-07-05, Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board [Federal Register: March 12, 2007 (...
RE: Notice, Request for Comment WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings Regarding Measures of the European Communities Affecting the Approval...
RE: Notice of Public Hearing Concerning China's Compliance with WTO Commitments Written Comments (Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 145...
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed regulations to implement...
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.
September 19 2014
2014 Livestock Biotech Summit three day programming touched on issues such as engaging consumers, animal welfare, the promise of the technology.
September 17 2014
Support Of Industry Underscores Pro-Business Commitment
September 10 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced that it will showcase a series of unique sessions at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit, including a panel highlighting the value of intellectual property in animal biotechnology.  Polsinelli PC will sponsor two sessions, one on the importance of protecting patent rights to helped spur innovation and the second on utilizing biotechnology to better human and animal health.  BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit will be held September 16-18, 2014, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
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.