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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Q: A recent NY Times poll shows that 93 percent of Americans support GMO labeling. You say that you "are not...against labeling," but that you "cannot support...a label that conveys to consumers that foods made from the farmers’ crops...
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 8:22 pm
Answered By: Kate Hall, Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Monday, 1/13/2014 11:06 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
Q: You mentioned an MIT study shows that labeling GMOs would result in consumers perceiving GMOs as harmful. Isn't a free market determined by consumer preference rather than corporate interest, whatever that consumer preference may be based on,...
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 1:48 pm
Answered By: Kate Hall, Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Friday, 12/20/2013 3:01 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
Q: Nutritional issues, and health risks of consuming GMOs are not the only issues of concern. Whenever anybody asks the GMO industry about labeling, the stock answer is that that regulators don't recognize any health or nutritional differences...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 8:32 am
Answered By: Kate Hall, Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Monday, 1/13/2014 11:11 pm
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
Q: Why are there so many food companies against GMO labeling and willing to pay out millions and billions to block laws passing labeling? It cannot cost as much to just listen to the consumer and give them the information that they are demanding, I for...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 5:33 pm
Answered By: Kate Hall, Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Thursday, 12/19/2013 4:03 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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