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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GMO Answers Leaves an Impression at SXSW

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On March 14, 2015, GMO Answers launched its presence at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival by hosting a lively and productive panel at SouthBites discussing transparency in our food system. The one-hour panel was moderated by Tamar Haspel of The Washington Post, with an interactive conversation between myself, Cathy Enright, and Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission Activism Manager Chris Miller. Tamar polled the audience at the beginning of the panel and it was split evenly, with a third Read More >

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GMO Answers Highlights the Potential of GM Varieties for non-GM Commodity Crops

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Each week in February, GMO Answers highlighted a different commodity crop, its role in agricultural production and its relationship to biotechnology and GMOs. Weeks 1, 2 and 3 looked at corn, soybean and cotton.  Week 4 explored a few commodity crops that are non-GM, including cassava, peanuts and rice, and the potential for GM varieties of these crops. Cassava Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics after rice and maize, provides basic sustenance for over half a billion people…According to a study Read More >

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GMO Answers Takes a Fresh Look at the Value of Popular Commodity Crops

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Each week during the month of February, GMO Answers has planned to introduce a new commodity crop, its role in agricultural production and its relationship to biotechnology and GMOs. Week 1, GMO Answers talked about corn, a major commodity crop - where it’s most commonly grown and why, its many uses, and the types of corn that are available as GM varieties. Corn is planted on about 80 million acres in the U.S., with most of the crop grown Read More >

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GMO Answers…well, Answers “What are Some Safety Problems with GMOs?”

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GMO Answers recently received the question “What are Some Safety Issues with GMOs?”  Site expert Robert Wager M.Sc., a faculty member in the Biology Department, at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, answered this question below. “When discussing safety of GM crops and derived food it is easier to separate the food safety aspects from the environmental aspects.  This answer will deal with food safety issues. Every GM crop is extensively tested for food Read More >

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GMO Basics: Why Uncertainty is Part of Science?

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Ever wonder how scientists deal with uncertainty as they search for answers?GMO Answers posted a great excerpt from a recent SenseAboutScience publication which explores why uncertainty is a natural occurrence in the field of science and how scientists deal with it: “Introduction: Why Make Sense of Uncertainty? “Scientific uncertainty is prominent in research that has big implications for our society: could the Arctic be ice-free in summer by 2080? Will a new cancer drug be worth its Read More >

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