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GM is not considered organic. But.
By:Cheryl
Date: Friday, 27 September 2002, 1:10 am
In Response To: GM/Organic food (Dick S.)

Some few organic growers are unscrupulous, and don't care if they use GM, or if they grow using non-organic practices, if its easier for them to make a buck.

The bigger worry though, is contamination of clean crops. I recently read a story about an organic producer who lost his entire contract when the buyer discovered that a small percentage of the crop was made up of GMO when analyzed before accepting delivery. The grower was totally unaware that this had occurred. Which local HFSs or small organic farmers are doing DNA analysis of their produce? Once this stuff is out in the field, it spreads. How will we know by looking at it if its been contaminated with GMO or not?

There are a few vegetables that are self-pollinating, like potatoes, so if not GM to start with, they wouldn’t suddenly change. But most are not; and that’s a big problem. I guess veggies we use pre-pollination, pre-fruiting, like lettuce, could be considered safe from this kind of contamination.

Seeds of Doubt:
North American farmers' experiences of GM crops

Soil Association 17sep02

Contamination
In chapter 7 we look at GM contamination, which has been the single greatest problem. Widespread GM contamination has occurred rapidly and caused major disruption at all levels of the agricultural industry, for seed resources, crop production, food processing and bulk commodity trading. It has undermined the viability of the whole North American farming industry:

Contamination has caused the loss of nearly the whole organic oilseed rape sector in the province of Saskatchewan, at a potential cost of millions of dollars. Organic farmers are struggling practically and economically; many have been unable to sell their produce as organic due to contamination

All non-GM farmers are finding it very hard or impossible to grow GM-free crops. Seeds have become almost completely contaminated with GMOs, good non-GM varieties have become hard to buy, and there is a high risk of crop contamination

Because of the lack of segregation, the whole food processing and distribution system has become vulnerable to costly and disruptive contamination incidents. In September 2000, just one per cent of unapproved GM maize contaminated almost half the national maize supply and cost the company, Aventis, up to $1 billion.
http://www.mindfully.org/GE/GE4/Seeds-Of-Doubt-USA17sep02.htm

Here is a listing of articles on genetic engineering in the last 6 months.

Messages In This Thread

MSNBC article about organic foods...
Verna -- Tuesday, 24 September 2002, 12:15 am
Thanks for the article...
Lynne -- Tuesday, 24 September 2002, 9:22 am
I didn't see the Today show...
Verna -- Wednesday, 25 September 2002, 9:30 am
interesting article: Organic vs Commercial crops
Lynne -- Tuesday, 24 September 2002, 9:51 am
Thanks Lynne, isn't it interesting...
Verna -- Wednesday, 25 September 2002, 9:38 am
Asians prefer organic too, in a strange twist
Cheryl -- Thursday, 26 September 2002, 11:16 am
Did you read the Sep 24th article?
Verna -- Thursday, 26 September 2002, 11:27 am
No, I didn't. Thanks Verna. But I'm more concerned with
Cheryl -- Thursday, 26 September 2002, 12:03 pm
Cheryl, we're moving 1500 miles...
Verna -- Thursday, 26 September 2002, 12:29 pm
I used to grow everything
Cheryl -- Thursday, 26 September 2002, 12:42 pm
I'm hoping to find a beekeeper...
Verna -- Friday, 27 September 2002, 12:05 am
Heritage seeds
Karen . B.C. -- Friday, 27 September 2002, 12:41 am
Now that I had my bath, Ill post the sight!!!
Karen . B.C. -- Friday, 27 September 2002, 1:17 am
Thanks for the URL Karen!
Cheryl -- Friday, 27 September 2002, 11:17 am
Always use your given, they are there for,
Karen . B.C. -- Saturday, 28 September 2002, 1:44 am
Know what on the soil?
Cheryl -- Sunday, 29 September 2002, 12:43 am
Cheryl, Brandywine tomatoes...
Verna -- Saturday, 28 September 2002, 10:31 am
heirloom seeds
Emmi -- Saturday, 28 September 2002, 11:50 am
I can't get the link to work
Cheryl -- Friday, 27 September 2002, 4:10 pm
I have it like that,
Karen . B.C. -- Saturday, 28 September 2002, 2:06 am
Ok, I found it, thanks to your tip on the book. Image in Post
Cheryl -- Sunday, 29 September 2002, 12:26 am
Hey Karen! We got Organic grass&willow-fed Mule
Bill -- Friday, 27 September 2002, 8:52 pm
We can mix that with,
Karen . B.C. -- Saturday, 28 September 2002, 2:16 am
Bill, thanks but I've got horse
Verna -- Saturday, 28 September 2002, 10:34 am
Yes Verna, I have a beautiful crop of Chickweed
Bill -- Saturday, 28 September 2002, 3:15 pm
That's why you need to wait...
Verna -- Saturday, 28 September 2002, 6:09 pm
quick question for all you passionate gardeners
Lynne -- Thursday, 3 October 2002, 12:17 pm
Big plastic owls on poles in the air,
Cheryl -- Thursday, 3 October 2002, 4:48 pm
Cheryl, you have the best...
Verna -- Friday, 4 October 2002, 12:42 am
And yet, My Squirrels....
Betsy Ann -- Wednesday, 9 October 2002, 1:19 pm
Damn nibblers
Elena -- Saturday, 12 October 2002, 11:47 am
Squirrels & street suicide...
Betsy Ann -- Saturday, 12 October 2002, 6:02 pm
Yes, Cheryl ....I too have used the
Bill -- Friday, 11 October 2002, 3:58 pm
P.S............I should point out that
Bill -- Friday, 11 October 2002, 4:24 pm
I'm laughing so hard right now Image in Post
Cheryl -- Friday, 11 October 2002, 8:52 pm
laughing
Lynne -- Friday, 11 October 2002, 8:57 pm
If he has a towel, he has all the necessary
Bill -- Saturday, 12 October 2002, 12:26 am
hey, Bill... I have a lot of squirrels, too...
Lynne -- Saturday, 12 October 2002, 12:45 am
Other things you can distract them with.... Image in Post
Cheryl -- Saturday, 12 October 2002, 11:18 am
They also like BBQs Image in Post
Cheryl -- Saturday, 12 October 2002, 11:34 am
for several years we had a wild Mallard
Bill -- Sunday, 13 October 2002, 3:46 am
They aren't afraid of cats! Image in Post
Cheryl -- Saturday, 12 October 2002, 11:37 am
HAHAHA laughing these pictures are very funny!
Lynne -- Saturday, 12 October 2002, 9:04 pm
Ladies at a definite disadvantage
Elena -- Saturday, 12 October 2002, 12:05 pm
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Bill -- Sunday, 13 October 2002, 3:22 am
Even though I am pleased at my own cleverness
Bill -- Wednesday, 16 October 2002, 3:31 pm
Where do skwerls come from? Image in Post
Cheryl -- Saturday, 12 October 2002, 11:29 am
Passionate yes......but not about gardens!?!
Bill -- Monday, 7 October 2002, 4:23 am
"Capt. Midnight," could you elaborateon THAT? nmi
Karen . B.C. -- Monday, 7 October 2002, 3:51 pm
Hi Karen ! I wouldn't really expect
Bill -- Monday, 7 October 2002, 5:04 pm
Comic Strips
Dick S. -- Monday, 7 October 2002, 11:38 pm
Yes, Dick; I agree!! That has been one
Bill -- Friday, 11 October 2002, 4:12 pm
Johnny's Seeds...
Verna -- Friday, 27 September 2002, 1:14 am
Good company
Karen . B.C. -- Friday, 27 September 2002, 1:31 am
Thank you, thank you! It's better to
Cheryl -- Friday, 27 September 2002, 11:28 am
GM/Organic food
Dick S. -- Thursday, 26 September 2002, 11:48 pm
GM is not considered organic. But.
Cheryl -- Friday, 27 September 2002, 1:10 am