Author Archive: Cathleen Enright

Cathleen Enright

Cathleen Enright, PhD, is BIO’s executive vice president for food and agriculture.  She also serves as Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, and she is one of the leading experts answering questions on the industry’s GMO Answers site.  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 U.S. agriculture, and served on President Obama’s Agricultural Policy Committee in 2008 and again in 2012.

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Global Perspectives on the Benefits of Biotech Crops

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Three farmers, each from a different developing country, recently shared their perspectives on GMO Answers about how biotech crops can contribute to improved food security – growing more food using fewer resources, with seeds that help farmers adapt to changing climate conditions. Gilbert Arap Bor writes how biotech seeds, currently banned in Kenya, could help address devastating yield loss due to plant disease: In Kenya, there is hope that 2014 will bring a lifting of Read More >

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Scientists React to Republished Séralini GMO Maize Rat Study

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A controversial study, “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize”, purporting to show that glyphosate-resistant type of maize (corn) causes health problems was republished this week in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe.  The research by Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen in France, claims that rats fed the modified maize glyphosate-resistant type of maize (corn) suffered kidney, liver, tumors, and pituitary problems. The Séralini study was retracted last Read More >

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The New GMO Message

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While farmers around the world – more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries – rely on the solutions that biotechnology helps to provide, the discussion around GMOs in food production has intensified. Much of the concern has been generated by misinformation online and across social media. For over a decade, myths about our members and our products were perpetuated. Our voice was not there, and consumers’ questions went unanswered. Without easy access to the Read More >

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A Look Back at GMO Answers’ Top 10 Consumer Questions

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GMO Answers conducted a national survey to identify, for the first time, the top questions consumers have about GMOs. We’ve compiled the top 10 questions and reached out to scientists, farmers, doctors and other experts to provide answers. You can also find these answers on our Top 10 GMO Questions Pinboard and our GMO Answers website. Here’s a quick recap of each week: Week #10 – If livestock eat genetically modified grain, will there be GMOs in my meat? In brief: In Read More >

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Why We Need IPR for GMOs

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At GMO Answers, we’ve received several questions about corporate intellectual property rights (IPR) and patents on GMO seeds, with many believing that patents hurt farmers by forcing them to purchase new seeds each year instead of using the seeds they harvest. On the contrary, patents actually help farmers gain access to new technologies by facilitating innovation, by enabling seed developers to invest significant time and resources in creating new technologies that will provide farmers with Read More >

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