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2017 Winter - Twenty years on, the GM debate continues

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FPJ1402G - Marshall, T (2017), Why are Genetic Modification and Organic Incompatible?

FPJ1402G - Marshall, T (2017), Why are Genetic Modification and Organic Incompatible?, in Farm Policy Journal, vol. 14, no. 2, Autumn 2017, pp. 53-8, Surry Hills, Australia.

Organic farmers operate in compliance with national and international standards that forbid the conscious or negligent use of genetic modification (GM). The organic community applies the precautionary principle to all inputs and practices, and has yet to see compelling evidence that GM is an appropriate technology for solving multi-factorial production problems. Organic growers are especially sceptical that GM can reliably produce the promised benefits without genetic drift and other costs that could harm their production system. The organic world is unlikely to accept use of GM or GM contamination until much more thorough epidemiological tests prove its safety. In the meantime organic growers are satisfied that their holistic environmental approach, scientifically informed but empirically driven organic management methods and natural inputs are the best way to sustainably and responsibly feed the world.



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