|Mary-Howell Martens takes up
the vexed issue of GMO contamination this
month, arguing that "organic farmers. . .
MUST proactively document that they are doing everything within
their control to avoid" contamination from GMO crops. A
new information available from the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable
Agriculture (MISA) can help.
"A Plan for Co-existence: Best Management Practices
for Producers of GMO and non-GMO Crops," was written
by Jim Riddle, a member of the National Organic Standards
Board and a senior fellow in agricultural systems at the University
of Minnesota's College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental
Sciences. (Jim is also New Farm's organic policy specialist.)
It recommends strategies both organic and conventional growers
can follow to minimize genetic drift, commingling, and other
sources of GMO contamination.
The two-page flyer can be downloaded from MISA's website
or requested from MISA at 1-800-909-MISA (6472). Read it,
forward it, print it out, post it at your local elevator or
ag supply store, and follow its recommendations, for your
own and all of our sake's.