Biotechnology is an increasingly important part of today’s world offering breakthrough products and technologies to combat disease, reduce our environmental footprint and feed the hungry. You may be surprised to know that we have actually been using biotechnology for literally thousands of years -- fermenting beer, aging cheese, and baking bread are a few examples. These rudimentary forms of biotechnology often relied on fermentation, capitalizing on yeasts and other microorganisms to enhance our food supply and improve our lifestyles.
Tools have advanced significantly since Mesopotamian beer brewing! Biotechnology today is an ever more precise science enabling the isolation of specific genes to make exact changes - with profoundly impactful results.
Approved biotechnology products are safe. Federal regulatory agencies actively ensure new products enabled from these tools are free from danger. In fact, biotech foods are among the most tested in history. The science behind this is solid, backed by the ultimate scientific authorities including the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science, the American Dietetic Association, the American Medical Association, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization.
At KnipBio, we believe conducting the proper studies to ensure the food we are developing is safe for animals and people alike is essential to get right. Through the combination of our team and world-class partnerships, we access some of the most qualified scientific talent to definitively determine the quality of our products.
“We need to do a better job of working with scientists and farmers and political leaders to make sure there is a consistent message that comes from this country about the importance of biotechnology as a strategy for meeting world demand.” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, February 24, 2011