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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Live the GMOA Experience at SXSW!

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You may have already read my blog GMO Answers Leaves an Impression at SXSW but I wanted to share some great videos from our time at South by Southwest. Just to recap: GMO Answers recently went to SXSW to talk with consumers about their questions and concerns about GMOs and how our food is grown. At the GMO Answers booth we brought the farm indoors, featuring corn, canola and cotton plants on the expo floor, for attendees to experience Read More >

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“The Weight of Evidence Strongly Suggests that Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer.”

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In recent news, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it has labeled the widely used herbicide glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” to humans in its upcoming review of the product.  Unfortunately, since IARC is an agency of the World Health Organization, the report has been seen as having some credibility. However the report is not as accurate as it appears.  GMO Answers expert Dr. Michael Greenberg explains his post flaws within IARC’s findings: Read More >

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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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