‘We’re farming in a polluted world’: Even organic foods are not GMO-free, industry leaders say
Those consumers who fear even the most minute amounts of genetically modified organisms in their meals will have to confront a nasty shock: even organic foods are not GMO-free, according to organic industry leaders.
At an organic conference this month at the University of Guelph, Dag Falck, who operates the organic program with Nature’s Path, a North American breakfast cereal and snack-bar producer, said it was time the organic industry was more honest with its labelling. Pollen and seeds from genetically modified crops often make their way onto organic farms — and there’s no test for what the organic industry terms “cross contamination,” or trace amounts of GMOs.
“Due to unavoidable, worldwide cross-pollination, no crop that has a GMO variant, no matter how regulated by the government can be guaranteed to be 100% GMO free,” Mr. Falck wrote in an email.
Anyone who eats such common staples as beet sugar, canola and corn — and that means just about everybody — will be exposed. (DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)