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Kate Hall

Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization

Kate Hall is the Manager for Partnerships and Programs for the Food and Agriculture Section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Kate is a liberal arts graduate whose meandering path led her to agriculture and the sciences. And, she loves it. Previously, Kate worked at CropLife America and USAID. She has a master’s degree from the University of Exeter focused on international relations and political theory, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature and Asian studies from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. When not at the office, she’s on the river as a competitive rower with Washington DC’s Capital Rowing Club.

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Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 8:22 pm
A: Surveys can be pretty tricky things because the response you receive often depends on how you ask the question―if it's open-ended or contains leading words or statements. A number of polls have been conducted in recent years claiming that upwards of 80 percent or 90 percent of respondents want GMO labeling. What's interesting to me, though, is that I've been searching for the actual surveys to see how the questions were asked, and I can't find them.  This makes me skeptical about the... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 1:48 pm
A: So, I’m going to let my political-science-nerd flag fly. Technically, in the U.S. we live in a republic, not a democracy. A republic is founded on the rule of law―in our case, the U.S. Constitution. A democracy is based on popular consent―some like to label this “mob rule,” which doesn't have a very positive connotation. The citizens of a republic elect representatives and have institutions acting on their behalf, while participants in a democracy act for themselves. And, not to pile on, but... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 8:32 am
A: You've raised some important issues, and as someone who’s also worried about fragile ecosystems and climate change, I personally appreciate your concern. Let’s take a look at the source of your concern―the issues you list are not specific to farming that utilizes genetically engineered seeds, so a GMO label actually wouldn’t give you the information you’re looking for. All agricultural production methods, including organic, conventional and GM, affect the environment. Each system... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 5:33 pm
A: First, we do hear you and understand the frustration surrounding the issue of GMO labeling. What we’re fighting, though, are bad laws―labeling proposals that actually wouldn’t provide you with accurate information, are intended to disparage food made with GMO ingredients and would harm local businesses. For instance, under these proposed laws, let’s say you purchased a labeled product in a grocery that contains a GM ingredient. If a restaurant used that same product, it wouldn’t have to... Continue Reading

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