CBI

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: Thursday, 8/01/2013 9:03 am
A: This is a valid question, and we do intend to be transparent not only regarding our products, but also about how we fund and manage this website. The questions submitted to GMO Answers are answered by independent experts volunteering their time to address consumer questions in their fields of expertise. The pool of experts participating in this forum include conventional and organic farmers, agribusiness experts, nutritionists, medical doctors, academics and scientists from a wide range... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 11:58 am
A: No.  None of our companies has ever sued a farmer when trace amounts of our patented seeds or traits were present in the farmer’s field as an accident or as a result of inadvertent means such as through cross pollination.   Additional responses which address similar topics can be found here: If I am an organic farmer, and GMO technology contaminates my crops, do I have any recourse? How do I regain my organic certification? What do I do with my contaminated crops? Who is... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 10:05 am
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
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 9:27 am
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 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 (global farmers) happy; and obviously, develop products that... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 12:45 am
A: As you noted, there are a lot of peer-reviewed studies available—for example, more than 600 studies are catalogued in Biofortified's GENERA database. 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.
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