BIO Submits Comments Re: USDA-APHIS Changes to Requirements for Field Testing Regulated Genetically Engineered Wheat

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.

Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food's Letter to House of Representatives re H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

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).

BIO Welcomes GM Product Approvals but Opposes EU Move to Undermine International Obligations

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.   

Congressional Hearing Lauds the Benefits of Agricultural Biotechnology

“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)...

BIO Condemns Destruction of Research at Brazil GE Tree Facility

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.    

New Report Shows GM Crops to be Favored Globally by Farmers

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.

BIO Applauds U.S.-China Agreement on Steps to Enhance Ag Biotech Trade

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).  

Oregon Voters Rightly Reject Efforts to Require Mandatory Labeling of GMO Food

With some ballots still left to be counted, it appears that Oregon voters have chosen to reject Measure 92, the state’s GMO food labeling initiative. 

BIO Statement on Maui Farming Ban Initiative

While final results are still coming in, it appears that voters in Maui have chosen by a narrow margin to impose a ban on farming practices that will ultimately cut jobs and jeopardize the local economy and the future of agriculture in Hawaii. The measure affects agricultural practices on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Colorado Voters Say No to Proposition 105

Colorado voters have decisively rejected Proposition 105, the food labeling initiative on the November 4th ballot. The measure, which would have created Colorado-only food labeling regulations for certain foods made with GMO ingredients, was defeated by a margin of 67 percent to 33 percent.