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
These comments are submitted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in response to the United States Department of Agriculture...
December 13 2011
Dear Secretary Vilsack: For the past 15 years, agricultural products derived from modern biotechnology have provided significant...
October 4 2010
Enhanced Sustainability and Reduced Environmental Footprint Agricultural biotechnology has helped enable large shifts in agronomic...
April 22 2009
Dear Governor Kitzhaber: This letter explains why FDA objects to the pending ballot initiative to require the mandatory labeling of...
October 4 2002
Experts Agree on Biotech's Contributions to Agriculture Stability "Advances in the genetic engineering of plants have provided...
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.
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.