Cathleen Enright

Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information

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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Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 12:13 am
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.”
Posted On: Thursday, 8/08/2013 2:34 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
Posted On: Thursday, 8/08/2013 1:25 pm
A: I am glad that I can dispel these allegations as Internet rumors and lies.  None of our companies are working on or even aware of any GM marijuana in development or in existence. A similar answer regarding GM Marijuana has been posted here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/care-explain-gmo-marijuana-now-you-are-patenting-it-you-are-fighting-its-legalization-does.
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 6:14 pm
A: As you mention, we support voluntary, market-based labeling. It¹s also important that any label be consistent and science based. I-522 is a Washington State initiative that does not meet those criteria.  It isn’t market-based, voluntary and certainly isn’t based on science.  In addition, I-522's poorly written requirements and special exemptions would provide inconsistent and misleading information to consumers about the foods they buy. These are the reasons many of our member... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 8/03/2013 1:58 am
A: I’ve seen this false assertion all over the internet. Louis Pasteur must be turning over in his grave! Bacteria do not produce feces as we know it. They do excrete by-products of their metabolism such as carbon dioxide, however, I believe at the heart of your question is the use of bacteria or other microorganisms to produce food ingredients, including aspartame. It would be hard for us to find much to eat without microorganisms.  Bacteria, fungi and algae—all have been used in... Continue Reading


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