Position Statements on Biotechnology

United Soybean Board (USB)

The United Soybean Board (USB) has issued a statement saying that it "recognizes that the future of agricultural biotechnology depends upon the understanding and acceptance of consumers. As such, we advocate the responsible development of plant biotechnology in a way that provides long-term benefits to consumers, producers, and the environment."
Highlights of their position paper include the following issues:

  • Crops and products enhanced by agricultural biotechnology are safe to grow and safe to eat, as confirmed by the Food and Drugs Administration following their thorough reviews of rigorous, scientific testing. The USB claims that more than 1,800 scientific evaluations in the United States - including tests for allergenicity and environmental safety - have concluded that commercially available soybeans produced through agricultural biotechnology are safe for consumers and for the environment. They are just as nutritious and safe as any other commercially available variety.
  • The USB supports a policy based upon good public health practices and sound science, which will provide consumers with clear and meaningful information about the foods they eat. It notes that the current FDA labeling guidelines are exemplary and that if anyone proposes to change these labeling requirements, proposed changes should adhere to the same standard.

For more of the United Soybean Board, visit http://www.talksoy.com or email John Bissell at john.bissell@publicis-usa.com

International Support:

  1. International Organizations
  2. Africa
  3. Asia
  4. Europe
  5. North America
  6. Latin America
  7. Oceania

International Organizations

- Food and Agricultural Organization
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- World Health Organization
- United Nations Development Programme
- United Nations Environment Programme
- Third World Academy of Sciences

- Agenda 21
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
- Vatican Pontifical Academy on Life

- International Council for Science Union

- International Life Sciences Institute


- International Society of African Scientists
- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
- Africabio
- South African Minister Ngubane's statement at WSSD
- National Biotechnology Strategy for South Africa
- Former Kenyan President Moi's letter to US President Clinton

- Nigerian President Obasanjo's Statement


- Asian Development Bank
- Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Indian National Academy of Sciences
- National Academy of Science and Technology (Philippines)
- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir's Speech at BioMalaysia 2002
- Policy Statement on Biotechnology (Philippines)


- Royal Society of London

- Prime Minister Blair's speech

- European Commission

- French Academy of Science

North America


United States of America

- American Medical Association
- American Society for Microbiology
- National Academy of Sciences
- National Research Council
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- Federation of Animal Science Societies
- American Midwest Farmers

  • American Agri-Women
  • American Soybean Association
  • National Chicken Council
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Cotton Council
  • National Milk Producers Federation
  • National Potato Council
  • National Turkey Federation
  • United Soybean Board


- Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee
- The Royal Society of Canada (The Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities)
- Industry Canada (Federal Department of Industry)
- The 1998 Canadian Biotechnology Strategy: A Ongoing Renewal Process

Latin America

- Brazilian Academy of Sciences
- Mexican Academy of Sciences


- New Zealand Royal Commission

- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
- Australia New Zealand Food Authority
- Australian Biotechnology: A National Strategy (2000)

- National Farmers' Federation

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