I grew up on an organic grain farm in Saskatchewan, and worked for five years as a USDA-contract organic inspector. But I left the organic movement when I realized it was all just a bureaucratic scam designed to propel a political agenda, an agenda focused on banning genetic engineering.
The only way organic activists can achieve their goals is by pretending GMOs contaminate organic crops. The truth is, this is not possible.
Since no adverse effects have ever been observed to the environment or to human health from GMOs, they are not in the same category as pesticides which even pesticide-makers admit can be dangerous.
As such, the rules for organic production here in America — written, edited and finalized by organic activists themselves during the Clinton Administration — only prevent organic farmers from making use of GMOs. There is no point at which GMOs become a problem for an organic farmer as long as he or she does not grow a GMO crop.
There are stories circulating in the media and on the Internet of buyers rejecting organic crops because of GMO contamination, or more often because of the potential that GMO contamination might occur. But such rejection is not based in science or on the rules for organic production.
Mischa Popoff, Greenville, Texas
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