Position on Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms

The introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into agriculture has confronted the organic movement with new challenges. This position outlines a few of those challenges and provides general guidance on the development of organic standards and criteria that can address GMO contamination.

The position highlights that IFOAM - Organics International:

  • is opposed to genetic engineering in agriculture, in view of the unprecedented danger it represents for the entire biosphere and the particular economic and environmental risks it poses for organic producers.
  • urges the introduction of mandatory and comprehensive labeling for genetically engineered agricultural products and believes that the only true guarantee for avoiding GMO contamination is a ban on GMOs.
  • does not support the introduction of mandatory testing for genetic contamination as part of the verification of organic production. However, testing should be a tool available to certification bodies in rare situations in which negligence or fraud is suspected.

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