Organic growers claim the presence of biotech improved seeds and harvests make it harder for them to keep organic produce free of GM admixture. But USDA organic standards don't penalize organic growers for accidental presence of non organic produce. Against all precedent and reason, some organic growers who claim to have lost sales now seek to make their neighbors pay for problems entirely of their own making. This is not a sound basis for policy making.
Which Consumers Do Consumer Groups Represent?
Anytime the media covers an issue that might affect consumers, they ask so-called consumer groups for a quote as if these groups by definition represent consumer interests. Check that box. Case in point, a story in Saturday’s New York Times on Monsanto and Dupont Pioneer’s successful efforts to develop genetically modified soybeans that eliminate harmful trans-fats in soybean oil. The reporter argues that these new beans could help the image of the biotech industry because they are among first generation of GMOs that help consumers, rather than farmers. This argument defies common sense and only serves to hamper informed policy debate.
Ag Biotech Opponents Want the US to Emulate European Regulation of Biotechnology – They Should Think Again.
GMO crops are every bit as safe as any other and this is acknowledged by a staggering preponderance of scientific opinion around the world. Unfortunately, the professional opposition to agricultural biotechnology has succeeded in scaring enough scientifically illiterate politicians to lead to indefensible and prejudicial regulations that inhibit innovation and hamper dissemination of cheaper and more productive crops.