15 May 1998
No bio-tech in US organic farming
GENETICALLY modified organisms and other products of biotechnology will not be allowed in organic farming in the United States, and nor will sewage sludge nor irradiation of food.
That decision was recently announced by US agriculture secretary Dan Glickman after public consultation which resulted in 200,000 comments being made to the US Department of Agriculture.
“Biotechnology, irradiation, and biosolids (sewage sludge) are safe and have important roles to play in agriculture, but they neither fit organic practices nor meet consumer expectations about organics as the comments made clear,” Mr Glickman said.
“Therefore, these products and practices will not be included in our revised proposal, and food produced with these products and practices will now not be allowed to bear the organic label.”
For this and other stories, see Farmers Weekly, 15-21 May, 1998