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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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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GMO Answers Independent Expert Spotlight

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GMO Answers has committed to doing a better job of answering the public’s questions on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This means ensuring that we have a robust collection of experts senior in the field of agricultural biotechnology who will answer your questions with the highest integrity. One of these independent experts is Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa Read More >

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A Farmer Talks About the Burdensome Costs of GMO Labeling

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Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietitian, has a wonderful blog titled the The Foodie Farmer Blog, which regularly engages readers in robust conversations about food and farming. A post from Schmidt titled The Costs of GMO Labeling was recently posted to our GMO Answers site as she provides a great pictorial analysis of the food supply chain – from her farm gate to storage – and the cost implications of labeling GMOs on this Read More >

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Gluten Free: Does Glyphosate Cause Celiac Disease? Actually, No!

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Dr. Peter Olins, Co-founder of Ultimate Gluten Free, provided a must read response to our GMO Answers page debunking the myth that glyphosate causes celiac disease. The herbicide glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup and is frequently mischaracterized as a cause of celiac disease serving as a catalyst for those anti-biotech. From his post, we wanted to highlight how Dr. Olins notably discredits the link between glyphosate and celiac disease. “A 2013 article by A. Samsel and Read More >

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GMO Answers Addresses Consumer Concerns Through Poll

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On March 19, GMO Answers announced results from a national survey identifying the top questions consumers have about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how our food is grown. The survey was commissioned by GMO Answers and the Council for Biotechnology Information and was carried out by Ipsos, a global market research company. Participants were asked: The following are questions some people have asked about GMOs. Which of the following questions around the use of GMOs Read More >

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