Letters, Testimony & Comments

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
These comments are submitted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in response to the United States Department of Agriculture...
December 13 2011
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is the world's largest biotechnology organization, providing advocacy, business...
July 28 2011
Re: Draft Environmental Assessment: Use of Genetically Modified, Glyphosate-Tolerant Soybeans and Corn on National Wildlife Refuge Lands...
March 4 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
Farmers Successfully Practice Coexistence USDA must base its decision to deregulate GE alfalfa on science and within its existing...
January 6 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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: Plant-Incorporated Protectants; Potential Revisions to Current Production Regulations (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-1003) Dear Mr. Howie: The...
August 6 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
Testimony of the Biotechnology Industry Organization Submitted to the California Assembly Committee on Agriculture April 29, 2005...
April 29 2005
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...
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed regulations to implement...
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.
June 21 2012
BIO, which represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations around the world, strongly opposes the Sanders-Boxer Amendment (#2310) to the Farm Bill.
December 13 2011
BIO comments in response to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS or the Agency) Draft Environmental Impact Statement-October 2011, Glyphosate Tolerant H7-1 Sugar Beets Request for Nonregulated Status.
April 9 2014
Consumer-focused legislation will enhance transparency and advance food safety Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2014) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), applauds today’s introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would establish a federal standard for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
May 10 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that the Agency plans to prepare two separate environmental impact statements (EIS) on crops genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicides known as 2,4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and Dicamba. 
May 1 2013
Key members of the U.S. agricultural value chain have joined together to applaud the work of the United States and like-minded governments to promote the importance of science-based regulations to facilitate trade of agricultural commodities derived from agricultural biotechnology.
April 24 2013
Although we haven't seen the language of the proposed bill, it's important to note that the biotech industry does not oppose food labeling. 
March 25 2013
Thousands to gather in Chicago, April 22-25.