Council for Biotechnology Information

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The Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) is a North American industry organisation dedicated to promoting biotechnology in agriculture. CBI "is a non-profit 501c6 organization that communicates science-based information about the benefits and safety of agricultural biotechnology and its contributions to sustainable development." For more on these "Big 6" Biotech Corporations, see the SourceWatch article here. For more on these corporations' collective influence on the U.S. regulatory and political processes, see Pesticide Action Network North America's (PANNA's) resource website, "Undue Influence." CBI has offices in Washington, D.C., Mexico City, and Saskatoon.[1]

CBI's internet domain name,, was registered on March 3, 2000. Previously available information showed that this had been done by Jim Lemke from the Minneapolis-based Hanley Wood Integrated Marketing.[2] Information available as of 2012 shows the registrar as Network Solutions, LLC and the administrative contact as Snow Hudgins of the well-known Washington DC-based lobbying, communications and public affairs firm Powell Tate.[3]

Member Companies and Associations

The following "Big 6" Biotech Corporations are listed as members of CBI as of July 2012:[4]

Formerly Listed Members

The following industry front groups were also formerly listed as members of CBI:[5]

Lobbying Activities

2012 Lobbying Information

Lobbying Firm Amount Reported Issue
Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC $80,000 "Assist client in raising visibility and acceptance of agriculture biotechnology"


Contact information

Council for Biotechnology Information
1201 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20024
Phone: (202) 962-9200

In Canada:
Council for Biotechnology Information
105L 111 Research Drive
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 3R3
Phone: (416) 922-1944
Toll-Free: 1-866-922-1944

In Mexico:
AgroBIO Mexico A.C.
Dakota No. 2004, Oficina 302
Col. Nápoles
C.P. 03810, Mexico D.F.
Phone: +52 55 55438489


Related SourceWatch Articles

External Resources


  1. Council for Biotechnology Information, FAQs, organizational website, accessed July 2012
  2.,, domain registration website, accessed November 2004
  3. WhoIs,, domain registration website, accessed July 2012
  4. Council for Biotechnology Information, Members, organizational website, accessed July 13, 2012
  5. Council for Biotechnology Information, FAQs, organizational website, accessed November 2004, archived by the Wayback Machine
  6. Council for Biotechnology Information, Farmers worldwide see economic and environmental benefits from biotech crops, organizational press release, May 2012