Cathy is the executive director of the Council for Biotechnology Information. She is also the executive vice president for food and agriculture at the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Cathy earned her PhD in Biochemistry and completed her postdoctoral training at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine before becoming an agricultural trade and environment negotiator for the federal government in 1995. After her government service, Cathy worked for the produce industry before joining CBI and BIO in 2011. Cathy is a passionate advocate for all of US agriculture, and served on President Obama’s Agricultural Policy Committee in 2008 and again in 2012.
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Q: Do biotech companies get any kind of subsidies or funding from the United States government and if so, what are they and how much are they?
Posted On: Saturday, 8/10/2013 7:57 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Wednesday, 12/11/2013 12:17 pm
A: No, I am not aware of any subsidies from the U.S. government which are given to biotech companies. Our companies do compete for grants, but those opportunities are more limited than what’s available to public institutions or small businesses. The U.S. government also provides grants to academic and research institutions for public research projects on agricultural technologies. In fact, it’s all public record. For instance, you can research the USDA National Institute of Food and... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 2:54 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Wednesday, 8/21/2013 3:06 pm
A: Actually, there is no scientific definition of organic food. The National Organic Program (NOP) is a marketing program that certifies that the crop has been produced using a specific set of legally defined methods and products approved by that program. There are standards that must be followed in organic production. These standards allow for the use of program-approved herbicides and pesticides, required certain agricultural practices be followed and require completion... Continue Reading
Q: As a farmer growing Bt Cotton in India Since 2004,I would like to know Why European Union and countries like Japan oppose GM Crop?
Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 2:30 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Thursday, 9/19/2013 3:06 pm
A: I believe your question is asking about cultivation of GMOs. As you may know, there are very few bans in place for GMOs including bans for cultivation. In most countries, where there are differences in the number of approvals for the importation of GMOs for food and feed use and approvals for cultivation use, governments simply have not yet approved various GMO crops for cultivation. This is largely because either the developer of the GMO seed has not sought/is not interested... Continue Reading
Q: Care to explain GMO Marijuana? now that you are patenting it, you are fighting for its legalization? does monsanto approve or condone the use of marijuana? and why is GMO marijuana considered acceptable, while organic marijuana is not.
Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 12:13 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Thursday, 8/22/2013 12:50 pm
A: We don’t know of any legitimate GM Marijuana in development or in existence. Any rumored involvement by CBI or seed companies is “urban legend.”
Q: You have answered, very thoroughly, your reasons for opposing labeling GMO products. You also acknowledge that people have some strong feelings about consuming them. For whatever good or bad reason, some people prefer to avoid them. My question:...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/08/2013 2:34 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Wednesday, 8/14/2013 2:35 pm
A: I do. For far too long, we¹ve let peoples¹ questions and concerns about GMOs go unanswered. That negligence has resulted in a lot of the apprehension the public is expressing today. So here we are, late to the conversation, but resolute in our commitment to choice. There are a number of reasons consumers may prefer to purchase non-GMO--Many of those reasons have been expressed on this website, but concern about food safety or health shouldn¹t be one of them. ... Continue Reading
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