Sustainable Agriculture

According to the ISAAA report for 2012, farmers around the world continue to enthusiastically embrace and adopt genetically engineered (GE) crops because of their tremendous environmental and economic benefits and contribution to food security.

Farmers using improved seeds and biotech crop varieties continue to see significant economic and on-farm environmental benefits.

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) survey, “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology & Sustainability”, shows U.S. consumers overwhelmingly support current federal rules for labeling foods. 

National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. And today’s modern agriculture practices are more beneficial than ever before for the environment, the economy, food security and consumers.

“I’ve never been a farmer,” Bill Gates confessed at The Chicago Council’s Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security. “Until recently, I rarely set foot on a farm.”

You might have heard that the Prince of Wales, just days after hosting the Royal Wedding, paid us a visit here in Washington.  Prince Charles, a long-time organic food advocate and self-described environmentalist, was here to speak at a Washington Post symposium on the Future of Food.

Prince Charles likes to talk about “sustainability” so much that he used a version of the word 32 times in his recent speech about farming at Georgetown University.

With global food costs reaching such dangerous levels, ensuring a safe, affordable and abundant global food supply has never been as important as it is right now.

Thanks to genetic engineering, flowers are heartier and last longer after they’re cut.  And they come in a wider variety of shapes, sizes, scents and colors – even blue!

ISAAA data shows countries around the world have embraced agricultural biotechnology.

Agency issues partial deregulation of Roundup Ready sugar beets while it prepares an environmental impact statement.

Farmers around the world continue to enthusiastically embrace genetically engineered (GE) crops according to the ISAAA report for 2009.

For over a decade, agricultural biotechnology has provided solutions for the world's farmers in the form of plants that yield more per acre and reduce production costs while being resistant to disease and insect pests.

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.
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.
October 4 2010
BIO policy recommends that BIO members anticipate, consider and develop approaches to help manage and mitigate any potential significant, unintentional processing, product functional or compositional negative effects in crop use or processing streams.
April 22 2009
Farmers have adopted biotechnology since 1996 because biotech crops grow healthier plants that yield more per acre with reduced production costs. But planting biotech crops also helps to enhance air, water and soil quality.
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 7 2013
BIO and ASTA are pleased to announce that the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association , and the National Corn Growers Association have become signatories to the Accord.
February 20 2013
The ISAAA report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2012, says a record 17.3 million farmers in 28 countries are growing biotech crops on 420 million acres.