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: Regardless as to whether or not you believe GMOs are good or bad-- what is the harm in labeling them so that consumers can make their own decisions? It is the number one thing you mention on the first welcome page of your website..that you "...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 10:05 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Monday, 8/05/2013 9:38 pm
A: We absolutely do support the right of consumers to choose food that is healthy and nutritious. And although we do not sell food products directly to consumers, we support food companies’ decisions to voluntarily label food products for the presence or absence of GMOs, based on their customers’ choices. This type of marketing claim is often used to promote one type of product over another, and is unrelated to health or safety. Some companies have opted to voluntarily label food as “USDA... Continue Reading
Q: Why do you oppose labeling GMO foods, and why do you conduct much policy work behind closed doors? If your products are so safe and fully tested, why all the secrecy? Why not just be open and honest with US citizens?
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 9:27 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Thursday, 8/08/2013 2:16 pm
A: Thanks for your question. I addressed your exact question about labeling earlier, so will focus on your questions about policy work and safety testing. As with any industry, we are interested in in creating a favorable environment in which to operate. We want to attract investors, develop innovative products, independently or in collaboration with other private or public sector scientists, make our customers (globalfarmers) happy, and obviously, develop products that... Continue Reading
Q: Where can I find the location for every study done by Monsanto and other companies that were submitted to the FDA for approval of their products? I would like to see the science behind each product but am having a very hard time finding any non 3rd...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 12:45 am
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Thursday, 8/08/2013 5:18 pm
A: As you noted, there are a lot of peer reviewed studies available, for example more than 600 studies are catalogued at: http://www.biofortified.org/genera/guide/. We are in the process of providing more food safety information. Please stay tuned. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Q: What would you do if you found out there is a possibility that your GMO products are very harmful to our health, and the environment?Why have you not taken basic steps to do basic research on the products people are ingesting on a daily basis? You...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 11:15 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Thursday, 12/12/2013 12:52 pm
A: Our companies spend many years studying the food and environmental safety of our products. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. So too are accusations about bribery. I appreciate your question, however, as it gives us an opportunity to refute misinformation about our industry that has thrived for years online and in social media. One of the reasons we launched GMO Answers is to provide the factual answers to questions about our companies and our products.... Continue Reading
Q: why did teh GMOs spend 40million to stop lebelling laws for GMO products.being capitalist company you should let the market dictate what it wants and not force your products onto the market
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 10:59 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Thursday, 8/01/2013 2:29 pm
A: We agree with you completely—let the market decide. Efforts to pass to laws that require labeling of any foods, including those made with GMOs, is inconsistent with the market “dictating what it wants.” Rather, it’s using the legislative process to try to gain an advantage in the market place. We are often accused of being against labeling. We are not. If any food, including GMO food, presented a safety risk to a certain population, for example those allergic... Continue Reading
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