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  • WheatLover's picture
    WheatLover
    09.26.2013
    Peter777, if I am reading your question correctly, you are asking what percentage of an organic corn crop can be GMO (example 0.5%) yet still be labeled as an organic product. I think your answer can be found here http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5096493 It specifically refers to what labels are used if GMOs are found in an organic crop. The short answer is, as long as the farmer followed an approved plan to avoid contact with "excluded methods" (practices that are not considered organic) in his crop, field, and tools, and the farmer had no knowledge of the presence of GMO, then his crop will retain an organic certification. The document further stresses (and I will quote directly from the document) "Organic Standards are process based. The NOP regulations prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms, prohibit commingling or contamination during processing or handling, and require preventative practices to avoid contact with GMOs. Organic agricultural products should have minimal if any GMO contaminates; however, organic food products do not have a zero tolerance for the presence of GMO material."