Plant Biotechnology

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.

As the use of agricultural biotechnology increases globally, people need information about food production that is truthful, so they can form opinions based on facts, not fear.

“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.”

All programs at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

Despite the fact that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack believes that the regulation of genetically engineered agricultural products must be science-based, and that he has “no doubts about the safety of the products this system has approved and will continue to approve,” some state legislatures are considering bills requiring labeling for biotech-derived food. These bills defy existing science-based regulation and are wholly unnecessary.

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!

BIO has named Feike Sijbesma as the recipient of its 2011 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

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.
June 21 2012
Senators Sanders and Boxer have introduced an amendment that will result in costly and extreme food labeling requirements.

Press Releases

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.
December 19 2014
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).