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.
Read the full position in English, French, Spanish or German:
- Position on genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms (en)
- Position d´IFOAM sur le Génie génétique et les OGM (fr)
- Posición sobre el uso de la Ingeniería Genética y Organismos Genéticamente Modificados en la agricultura (es)
- Position der IFOAM zu Gentechnik und gentechnisch veränderten Organismen (de)