Plant Biotechnology

Biotech seed adoption is growing by leaps and bounds, according to a report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications.

Disease resistant animals, environmentally friendly livestock, pharmaceuticals produced by goats - are these really possible?

Sometimes a clarification is in order. Such was the case in December, when Brian O’Connor, BIO’s manager of state government relations, testified at a hearing before the Maine Department of Agriculture.

At BIO’s recent Focus on Compliance workshop, participants learned about the responsible use of plant biotechnology during R&D.

A controversial report on genetically engineered crops claims farmers are increasingly critical of these crops. But is it really so?

Can the biotechnology industry feed a hungry world?

New vaccines employing biotech innovations are changing the way we prevent illness.

Dr. Targan explains how the biotech industry is using the biology of taste to create healthier sweeteners, block bitter tastes, and help make unpleasant-tasting medicines more palatable.

Dr. Targan explains how biotechnology is working to create drought resistant crops.

Trying to eat a healthier diet? Dr. Targan explains how biotechnology is helping to improve the nutritional value of our food.

Learn about the history of agriculture and how biotechnology fits into that history.

BIO hosted a successful special session on August 20th where the first public presentation was made of the BIO Guidance on Genetically Engineered (GE) Animal Stewardship with 100 international scientists and government officials in the audience of the 7th Transgenic Animal Conference, Tahoe, Calif.

Today’s program at the 7th Transgenic Animal Research Conference in Tahoe, Calif., hit the “hot science”, as one researcher from Germany noted during lunch. The research on genetically engineered (GE) animals will reap huge dividends in societal benefits to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

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).