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BIO’s Week with Food and Ag Leaders

Meatless Burgers. Gene edited crops. Changing diets. Nothing was off the table this week as BIO engaged in two pivotal discussions focused on the future of agriculture and food. On Monday, Dana O’Brien, vice president for BIO’s food and agriculture section, attended the Wall Street Journal’s Global Food Forum in New York City. At the event, leaders from USDA and several food companies, including McDonald’s, Cargill and Mondelez, were on

BIO Mourns Passing of Dr. John Holaday

On behalf of the team at BIO, we send our deepest condolences to the family of Dr. John Holaday who has tragically passed away late last week. Dr. Holaday’s career was nothing short of inspiring. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, he served at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as an Army captain, and later as head of the Neuropharmacology

BIO’s Leadership Transition | “The fight continues…”

On Tuesday, October 8, BIO formally announced that its President and CEO Jim Greenwood would be stepping down from the world’s largest biotechnology organization in January 2021. In a letter to BIO staff, Greenwood reflected on his rise to BIO and the accomplishments the organization has achieved through his vision. But, as Jim notes, “The fight continues…” Read the full letter below. When I was a college student during the tumultuous

Bringing Modern Agriculture to the People

Earlier this year, the Farm Journal Foundation (FJF) announced that it has entered into a two-year cooperative agreement with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to share the story of how food travels from seed to table through a new Modern Ag Garden on the National Mall.  We talked to Jay Vroom, chair of the Farm Journal’s Trust in Food initiative and strategic advisor to the Farm Journal Foundation, about this

Climate Week: Biofuels to Decarbonize Air Travel

Last week Greta Thunberg took the United States by storm. She continued her mission of raising the alarm on climate change by visiting the United States for Climate Week and the United Nation’s Climate Summit during its General Assembly in New York City. The Swedish teenager arrived in the Big Apple after a two-week boat trip from Europe across the Atlantic Ocean. The young climate activist refused to travel by plane because of

Doing Agritourism Right

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of representing GMO Answers at the National Association for State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It was a great opportunity to learn about the different ag issues states across the country are facing. For example, big dairy states like Wisconsin, Vermont, and New York are having trouble with small dairies closing because they are not economically sustainable in this

Making Alzheimer’s Treatments a Priority

Alzheimer’s is one of the most feared diseases in the world. Despite many attempts to find an effective therapy to prevent or delay its effects, the disease remains largely untreatable. Many of us know someone with Alzheimer’s. For me, it was my father who was faced with early onset of the disease. By his mid-sixties he started showing signs of Alzheimer’s that were often dismissed as forgetfulness and aging. Living in a rural

Buzz of BIO Winners for the 2019 BIO Investor Forum

After receiving a record number of nominations, we are pleased to announce our winners for the 2019 Buzz of BIO contest of the BIO Investor Forum!  WINNER: Early Stage Entrepreneur   SciBac creates live biotherapeutics that treat antibiotic resistant disease while fortifying the microbiome. The company improves beneficial microorganisms by using its MERGE (Microbial Enhanced Recombinants Generated by Evolution) platform that can quickly, naturally and safely transfer useful genetic traits. The

Imagine A World Without Chocolate | #FutureOfFood Summit Highlights Gene Editing’s Potential

For the first time, the Future of Food Summit was co-hosted by the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) and EatingWell—a magazine focused on food culture. And while IFIC has long hosted the annual event, the addition of EatingWell provided a new perspective on the intersection of technology and diet trends. As part of that discussion, the summit highlighted the role that gene editing can play in protecting the future

Imagine A World Without Chocolate | #FutureOfFood Summit Highlights Gene Editing’s Potential

For the first time, the Future of Food Summit was co-hosted by the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) and EatingWell—a magazine focused on food culture. And while IFIC has long hosted the annual event, the addition of EatingWell provided a new perspective on the intersection of technology and diet trends. As part of that discussion, the summit highlighted the role that gene editing can play in protecting the future