BIO Welcomes New Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, January 31, 2008) - Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Executive Vice President for Food and Agriculture Sharon Bomer Lauritsen today issued the following statement regarding the Honorable Ed Schafer’s appointment as Secretary of Agriculture:

“BIO and its members congratulate Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer on his appointment and unanimous Senate confirmation to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  We look forward to working with the Secretary on issues important to the agriculture biotechnology industry, and continuing to build on years of collaboration with USDA.  BIO has been a longtime supporter of USDA’s advancement of science-based regulations for agricultural biotechnology.  These technologies result in significant benefits to farmers, the environment, and American consumers.

“We look forward to supporting Secretary Schafer as he leads USDA in its efforts to keep pace with the innovations in plant and animal biotechnology that can lead our nation in confronting global challenges like: helping to provide enough food, fuel, and fiber for the world’s growing population, and helping to improve the environment

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BIO represents more than 1,150 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 innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology technologies. BIO also produces the annual BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.