Learning to co-exist?
12 practical steps to reduce GMO contamination

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 at www.misa.umn.edu 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.