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: If you are truly interested in opening the discussion, agree to full disclosure of any genetically modified ingredients in foods, or seeds. Why not?
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 7:20 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Wednesday, 8/07/2013 2:07 am
A: This and related questions about labeling are great questions. We are often accused of being against labeling. We are not. Let’s address seed labeling first. We support farmers’ right to choose the seeds that are the best fit for their individual farms. The individual GM seed products sold by our companies (we sell conventional and organic seeds, too) are clearly identified as containing GM traits, and farmers choose and are aware of the type of product they are buying. They... Continue Reading
Q: There is a huge orange crisis going on right now with a bacteria that is stunting the orange growth. Are the major biotech companies looking into creating a GM orange to fight this bacteria and crisis?
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 6:54 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Wednesday, 8/21/2013 9:22 pm
A: The companies that support GMO Answers are not directly involved in the Florida orange crisis. However, here is an article from the New York Times that explores this issue. I think you will find it interesting: Citrus Disease With No Cure Is Ravaging Florida Groves.
Q: My question pertains to labeling. Why aren't GMO ingredients listed on labels in the same manner as high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, etc? Whether I approve of these ingredients is not so much the point as is having the freedom to choose.
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 6:52 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Thursday, 10/03/2013 4:48 pm
A: I support your (and my) freedom to choose, but because neither safety nor health is a concern related to GM foods on the market, I support voluntary, market-based labeling of food for the presence or absence of GMOs. As indicated in previously answered questions, while FDA requires food manufacturers to list all ingredients in a food on the product label, it does not require food to be labeled based on the production method used to grow the crop that food manufacturers will use in their... Continue Reading
Q: Why do you spend millions of dollars opposing GMO labeling? Aren't you proud of your products? Please don't give the excuse that it will cost consumers more for labeling either - you have raised your seed prices over 230%.
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 4:49 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Monday, 8/05/2013 9:36 pm
A: As believers in GM technology, and having seen the benefits nurture farmers and society alike, we are proud―in fact, you’ll see many of our accomplishments under “GMOs and the Future of Agriculture." And you’ll find no excuses here―just our attempt at a straightforward response to a good question. 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’... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 3:08 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Wednesday, 7/31/2013 3:27 pm
A: The short answer is that the FDA does not require a label for GMO foods. The FDA has determined that: “…there is no significant difference between foods produced using bio-engineering, as a class, and their conventional counterparts.” Many other authorities agree. For example, the American Medical Association stated in June 2012: “There is no scientific justification for special labeling of bioengineered foods, as a class, and that voluntary labeling is without value... Continue Reading
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