QCan GMO plants contaminate seedsfruit of nearby traditional and organic crops by pollination making the next crop not organic?

Can GMO plants contaminate seedsfruit of nearby traditional and organic crops by pollination making the next crop not organic?

AExpert Answer

Don Cameron, an organic and conventional farmer addressed this topic in a recent response, an excerpt from his response is included below:
 
“If GMO traits are found in the organic farmers crop, it is usually up to the buyer of the crop to accept or reject his product based on their contract specifications which does allow for a certain percentage of GMO traits to be present. Organic certification does not equal zero presence of a GMO trait. Low-level presence of a GMO trait in organic production is allowed as long as the grower has followed the organic process necessary for organic production.
 
There are many ways to have a GMO trait appear in an organic crop other than pollen drift from a nearby neighbor. The planting seed may have been mixed with biotech trait seed, the planter, harvesting equipment, trucks or storage facility may not have been cleaned properly.  Pollen from a neighbor is only one of many ways that can affect an organic grower. Organic crops with GMO presence can and are sold as organic; the USDA  organic certification does not have a zero policy.
 
There are different buyers with different contract specifications available to a grower. If for some reason the organic crop could not be sold as organic, it could be sold into the conventional market.
 
As an organic grower I communicate with my neighbors and use different planting dates or separation to avoid pollination from any surrounding crops whether from my own biotech crops or those of my neighbors. We choose to grow different crops with different cropping systems, organic, conventional and biotech, all on the same farm and without issues of pollen flow from one to the other.”
 
To view the full response, click here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/if-i-am-organic-farmer-and-gmo-technology-contaminates-my-crops-do-i-have-any-recourse-how-do-i.

Posted on March 8, 2018
GMOs will not “save the world,” however they are an important tool in the toolbox for food security and agriculture. Dr. Stuart Smyth, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, explores this topic in depth in a similar question and response here. “No single crop or food production method is capable of feeding the world on its own, so no, GMOs by themselves will not feed the world. However, as part... Read More
Answer:
Posted on March 8, 2018
GMOs are made to achieve a desired trait, such as resistance to an insect or improvement to the ripening process, in order to better meet a customer’s needs. Posted below is a five minute video that offers a great visual illustration on how GMOs are made:     In this response you will also find videos demonstrating genetic modification, showing the basic process for making GM plants. We also encourage you to check out the videos: How Are GMOs Created? and GMO... Read More
Posted on November 27, 2017
Thank you for your question. Similar questions have been answered by a variety of experts on our site. Farmer Mary Mertz answered a similar question, “What are the problems with the seeds of GMOs.” She explains how this question can be answered in a variety of ways and also speaks to this topic firsthand, as she is a farmer herself. “In my opinion, the biggest problem with the seeds is the amount of misinformation that is being circulated out there.  GMOs have a... Read More

Explore More Topics