Press Releases

April 24 2015

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) welcomes the European Commission’s...

March 24 2015

“Biotechnology is an essential tool for farmers to have in the toolbox if we plan to...

March 9 2015

Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2015) – Late last week, approximately one thousand...

December 19 2014

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) applauds the United States and Chinese...

November 5 2014

With some ballots still left to be counted, it appears that Oregon voters have chosen to...

November 5 2014

While final results are still coming in, it appears that voters in Maui have chosen by a...

November 5 2014

Colorado voters have decisively rejected Proposition 105, the food labeling initiative on the...

April 9 2014

Consumer-focused legislation will enhance transparency and advance food safety...

May 10 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (...

May 1 2013

Key members of the U.S. agricultural value chain have joined together to applaud the work of...

April 24 2013

Although we haven't seen the language of the proposed bill, it's important to note...

March 25 2013

Thousands to gather in Chicago, April 22-25.

February 20 2013

The ISAAA report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2012, says a record 17.3...

January 15 2013

BIO and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) are pleased with the continued support from...

July 19 2012

“This is such an exciting time for the agricultural biotechnology sector because we...

July 10 2012

The process must become more predictable, transparent and efficient.

June 7 2012

A host of agricultural and scientific organizations have praised President Obama for his...

October 7 2011

In a case brought against USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the...

May 26 2011

Worldwide population growth is estimated to pass 10 billion by 2100, and biotechnological...

May 23 2011

2011 BIO International Convention will feature a series of high level panels examining the...

May 5 2011

BIO thanks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Energy Secretary Steven Chu on the...

April 28 2011

During BIO's 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing,...

April 21 2011

Corporate leaders will discuss benefits for businesses and consumers through incorporation of...

April 14 2011

Business executives, scientists and policy makers will highlight opportunities to...

April 13 2011

Annual report prepared by UK-based PG Economics highlights agricultural biotechnology as...

March 8 2011

Internet users can now access a searchable and easy-to-use database of ag biotech products...

February 22 2011

The ISAAA report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2010, says a...

February 4 2011

The USDA announces that it will issue a “partial deregulation” for the most...

January 27 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces that it will fully deregulate a variety of...

January 26 2011

BIO's commends President Obama for highlighting the need to increase our nation...

January 20 2011

BIO applauds Chairman Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-Minn.) for convening...

January 13 2011

More than 1,000 high-profile scientists, executives, government officials and investors are...

January 13 2011

BIO welcomes the decision by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to defer application of CO2...

May 4 2010

A new report issued by the Biotechnology Industry Organization underscores how biotechnology...

April 6 2010

The Obama Administration has made substantial progress to avoid retaliatory measures in a long...

June 17 2008

As the BIO 2008 International Convention gets underway in San Diego this week, the Excellence...

May 7 2008

Major global issues, such as sustainable agriculture, industry stewardship and genetically...

July 25 2007

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today launched a new program, Excellence Through...

March 3 1999

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) said today it will support Pioneer HiBred...

February 19 1999

Letters, Testimony & Comments

April 28 2016
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is pleased to submit these comments in response to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS’) request for public input on the agency’s Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in connection with possible revisions to its biotechnology regulations (7 CFR part 340). Thank you for the opportunity to provide input as APHIS considers revision of its regulations. 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.
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.

Press Releases

February 19 2016
Legislation eliminates confusion, enhances transparency
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.