Plant Biotechnology

Agricultural biotechnology is a science that allows plant breeders to make precise genetic changes to place beneficial traits – such as pest resistance, disease resistance or herbicide tolerance – into plants.

We have used the biological processes of microorganisms for 6,000 years to make useful food products, such as bread and cheese, and to preserve dairy products.

Today, the biotechnology industry is enjoying more success and influence than ever before. Our industry’s innovations continue to improve the lives of people worldwide, and the advancement of these innovations is supported by the work of BIO.

Biotechnology, the combination of biology and technology, includes biologic applications, diagnostic tools and businesses that improve everyday life by providing solutions to some of life's most vexing problems.

Dr. Moira Gunn and David Ewing Duncan report from the BIO International Convention.

Biorefineries to produce advanced biofuels and biobased product require sustainable sources of cellulosic biomass. Adoption of no-till agriculture promises significant economic and environmental benefits for farmers while enabling them to provide cellulosic biomass from crop residues to these biorefineries.

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Recently the ADA released a position paper, saying that agriculture biotechnology can enhance the quality and increase the efficiency of food production.

Plant biotechnology contributes to sustainable agriculture by increasing food  production without harming or depleting the Earth’s limited natural resources.

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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.
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).
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.
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.
June 21 2012
Senators Sanders and Boxer have introduced an amendment that will result in costly and extreme food labeling requirements.

Press Releases

April 24 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) welcomes the European Commission’s decision to approve seventeen genetically modified (GM) food and feed products that have been long delayed by political interference, some of which received a positive European scientific opinion as far back as November 2013.    However, news of the approvals is greatly overshadowed by the EU proposal for legislation to break from the single market and its World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments by enabling individual member states to ignore scientific consensus and block the use of imported GM products at the national level.   
March 24 2015
“Biotechnology is an essential tool for farmers to have in the toolbox if we plan to feed an estimated 10 billion people by the year 2050 in an environmentally sound, sustainable, and affordable way,” said Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas)...
March 9 2015
Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2015) – Late last week, approximately one thousand individuals representing MST (Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement) invaded the operations of genetically engineered (GE) tree company Futuragene in Brazil.    
January 28 2015
Millions of farmers around the world continue to choose to plant and replant genetically modified (GM) crop varieties because of their environmental and socio-economic benefits and the important role they play in addressing food security, according to a new study.
December 19 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) applauds the United States and Chinese governments for a successful 2014 U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT).